The England national team reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup, by defeating its Senegalese counterpart, 3-0, at Al-Bayt Stadium, on Sunday evening, in the final price competition.
Jordan Henderson (38), Harry Kane (45 + 3), and Bukayo Saka (57) scored England’s goals.
England will play in the quarter-finals next Saturday, against the French national team, which today defeated its Polish counterpart 3-1.
Caution marred the performance of the two teams in the first half of the first half, and the first minutes did not witness serious chances, except for a loophole found by Senegalese striker Boulaye Dia, who dodged Harry Maguire and John Stones, but the first returned to cut the ball from him in the fourth minute.
Senegal was the most dangerous after relying on counter-attacks that did not bear fruit, and England’s Phil Foden executed a corner kick, which was followed by his colleague John Stones with a header wide of the goal in the 20th minute.
Senegal almost opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, when Boulaye Dia failed to capitalize on Diata’s cross, but the ball settled in front of Ismaila Sarr, who followed it from close range high above the goal.
Senegal continued its danger, as Sarr’s pass settled at Dia, who fired it from the left, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pushed the ball away with his fist in the 31st minute.
England managed to find gaps in the Senegalese defense, as Harry Kane bounced back, to pass a through ball to midfielder Judd Bellingham, who made his way on the left side, before passing to Henderson, who followed the ball with skill in the goal, opening the scoring in the 38th minute. .
The English right winger, Bukayo Saka, made a great effort in his area, before preparing the ball for Kane, who shot from the outskirts of the penalty area over the goal in the 41st minute.
Bellingham passed a ball to the left, and full-back Luke Shaw caught it, but his short cross bounced off the body of Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the 43rd minute.
The England national team was able to double its lead in the third minute of stoppage time, when Bellingham launched a counterattack, to pass to Foden, who in turn sent the ball with great generosity towards Kane, who singled the goalkeeper and fired into the net.
The England national team seemed more confident in its abilities at the start of the second half, and Kane fired a long-range shot, which Mendy controlled in two waves in the 56th minute.
A minute later, Saka scored England’s third goal, when he followed up with enviable calm, Foden’s low cross from the left.
Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish entered the England squad, replacing Saka and Foden, at a time when Senegal tried to impose its control, but without being able to threaten goalkeeper Pickford.
The referee awarded a direct free kick to Senegal, which was executed by substitute Pape Sarr next to the post in the 73rd minute, before Mason Mount and Eric Dier entered the England squad in place of Bellingham and Stones.
And with the early surrender of Senegal, the English found empty spaces to move in, so Rashford launched from the right, before directing a quick cross creeping in front of the goal, Kane failed to reach it in time in the 80th minute.
The last remaining minutes did not witness any serious attacks, with the exception of a header from Senegalese substitute Didhieu, which moved far from the English goal in the 84th minute, while Rashford shook Senegal’s side net from outside, in stoppage time.