Ecuador crashed out as Netherlands, Senegal ebook Round of 16 spots

DOHA: Ecuador did not make it to the knockouts following their slender 2-1 defeat towards Senegal, whereas the Netherlands thrashed hosts Qatar 2-Zero to make it to the Round 16 of the continued FIFA World Cup 2022.

The Netherlands, needing only one level to qualify for the Round of 16, bagged three following an emphatic victory over struggling hosts Qatar and topped the Group A standings with seven factors.

The key participant Cody Gakpo scored once more for the Netherlands within the 29th minute to place them answerable for the one-sided affair. Gakpo’s objective towards Qatar marked his third objective in as many group matches.

Briefly, after the break, Frenkie de Jong doubled Netherlands’ lead over the hosts, sustained until the ultimate whistle as Luis van Gaal’s facet cruised by means of.

Hosts Qatar, already eradicated from the qualification race, bagged one other undesirable report as they grew to become the primary home facet in World Cup to complete the group stage and not using a level.

Netherlands’ spectacular run led them to high Group A and can now face the second-placed crew from Group B within the Round of 16.

Meanwhile, Netherlands’ dominant victory over Qatar, meant that solely a win would take Senegal into the knockouts and a draw would see Ecuador cruising.

Senegal, nevertheless, had been already answerable for the match as they had been main Ecuador 2-1 within the further time and placed on a defiant present to bar the latter facet from netting an equalizer.

Despite some determined makes an attempt from Ecuador within the further time, Senegal held their composure and ran away with a 2-1 triumph and booked their spot within the Round of 16.

Senegal opened the scoring within the first half, courtesy of a late first-half penalty by Ismaila Sarr. However, regardless of holding Ecuador’s skipper Enner Valencia dormant all through, the South American facet nonetheless managed to attain an equalizer as Moises Caicedo scored within the 67th minute.

Following the equalizer, Senegal’s captain Kalidou Koulibaly stood up for his crew and took simply three minutes to place his crew up entrance once more as he despatched the ball crashing into the nets.

The victory powered Senegal to complete second in Group A with six factors and can subsequent face the Group B topper within the Round of 16.

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