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Senegal advance to World Cup knockouts after beating Ecuador



African champions Senegal have reached the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup holding in Qatar after defeating Ecuador in their final group game.

With a 2-1 victory over the South Americans, Senegal finished second in Group A behind Netherlands, who defeated host nation Qatar 2-0.

In-form Cody Gakpo scored again for the Dutch as well as Frenkie de Jong who poked into a open net after Memphis Depay’s shot was saved, to send Netherlands through.

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Kalidou Koulibaly’s nerveless volley in the 70th minute did the magic for Senegal as his effort sent Ecuador packing.

Watford’s Ismaila Sarr had put the Lions ahead through a penalty just before halftime before Moises Caicedo equalized for Ecuador early in the second half.

Netherlands will now face the runners-up up of Group B while Senegal will face the team that finishes top of Group B in the knockout stage.

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