Senegal defeated Ecuador 2-1 to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Senegal has qualified for the first round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Teranga Lions defeated Ecuador 2-1 in a tense match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, in what was arguably the African champions’ best performance.

Senegal earned six points, good for second place in Group A, where the Netherlands led with seven, after easily defeating hosts Qatar in a 2- 0 victory, in a match played concurrently with Senegal’s against Ecuador.

 

It is the first time that Senegal have claimed back-to-back World Cup victories and.the third time the reigning Africa Cup of Nations holders have reached the knockout phase of the World Cup. Previous occasions were by Nigeria, when they reached the last 16 in 1994 and 2014.

For hosts Qatar, it was a sad ending. Though it was well known the show was over for the team, after been eliminated Friday when they lost to Senegal 3-1, their play for pride did not produce a result they had hoped for as Netherlands proved to good to beat or salvage anything from. 2-0 it ended for Netherlands.

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