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Senegal Beat Ecuador, Becomes First African Side To Join Round Of 16 For World Cup Knockout Phase

Senegal have qualified for the knockout phase of the 2022 World Cup after beating Ecuador 1-2 in a Group A match on Wednesday, becoming the first African side to reach that feat in Qatar.

One of Africa’s representatives in Qatar have qualified for the Round 16 stage of the World Cup after defeating Ecuador 2-1 in their final Group A game on Tuesday. The reigning African champions needed to win to progress to the knockout stage, although a draw would have been enough for Ecuador.

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Goals from Ismaila Sar and skipper Kalidou Koulibaly saw Senegal qualify into the knockout round for the first time since 2002.Sar gave Senegal the lead in the 44th minute from the penalty spot before Moises Caicedo equalized in the 68th minute.

But Koulibaly was the hero for his side as he netted in the 70th minute to send Senegal through. Netherland finished as leaders of the group after defeating host Qatar 2-0.

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Senegal will now meet the winners in Group B in the round of 16 which will start on Saturday, 3 December.

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