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World Cup: Senegal beat Ecuador 2-1 to qualify for knockout stage

Senegal's players celebrate scoring their second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup   -  
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Senegal have qualified for the first knockout stage of the 2022 FIFA Qatar world cup. The teranga lions beat Ecuador 2-1 in a pulsating encounter that is arguably the best showing yet of the African champions at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Goals from Sarr, and Koulibaly ensured the lions got the important win, enough to take them to the second place in group A where the Netherlands led with seven, having easily gone past hosts Qatar in a 2- 0 win,- a match played simultaneously as that of Senegal 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 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 being eliminated Friday when they lost to Senegal 3-1, their play for pride did not produce the result they had hoped for as the Netherlands proved too good to beat or salvage anything from. 2-0 it ended for the Netherlands.

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