Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the Ecuador vs Senegal Group A World Cup match from the Khalifa International Stadium.
SENEGAL BEATS ECUADOR BY A SCORELINE OF 2-1 AND QUALIFIES FOR THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 ROUND OF 16!!
Not full-time yet. The referee blew the whistle as Sabaly is down on the ground.
Senegal sub: IN- Cisse OUT- Dia
Every Senegal player is back on defensive duty right now. It won’t be easy for Ecuador.
Ecuador has two consecutive corners but nothing comes from them. Senegal moments away from sealing qualification.
Six added minutes at the end of the second-half!! That is all Ecuador has to save its World Cup hopes.
Galindez spills the ball from a Senegal shot and there was a danger of someone scoring from the rebound. But, the Ecuador keeper recovers well to gather the ball.
Time running out of Ecuador to save their qualification chances. It has enough quality to grab the goal. Let’s seen whether there will be a late twist in the tale.
Ecuador sub: IN-Porozo OUT- Preciado
Dia shoots first-time at goal and the ball misses the target by inches. Hincapie tried to close him down but could not manage to do that in time.
Jakobs swings another good cross inside the box from a corner. Koulibaly jumped to get the header but could not manage a decent contact with the ball.
Chance- Plata with a chance to score the equaliser again. He gets the ball in a good position inside the Senegal box. He turns and gets his shot away. But it was low, weak and straight at Mendy.
Senegal sub: IN- Dieng, Mendy OUT- Ndiaye, Ciss
GOOOALLLL!!! SENEGAL TAKES THE LEAD AGAIN!! IT IS CAPTAIN KOULIBALY!!! Koulibaly with the finish of a striker. The ball was delivered inside the Ecuador box from a Senegal freekick by Gueye who won the freekick. Ecuador could not clear the danger and the ball bounced off Torres’ shoulder and fell kindly to Koulibaly at the far-post. Instead of blasting his shot, Koulibaly sidefoots the ball inside the net with a calm finish and restores Senegal’s lead.
GOOOALLL!!! ECUADOR EQUALISES!! IT IS CAICEDOO!! The goal came from a corner. The initial cross was flicked by Torres to Caicedo who was stationed at the back-post. Once he got the ball, he made no mistake in slotting the ball inside the net from close distance.
Booking: Idrissa Gueye of Senegal sees a yellow card
Ecuador sub: IN- Reasco OUT- Estrada
Jakobs swings the ball inside the box from a Senegal freekick but it does not find a Senegal shirt.
Estupinan delivers a cross from the right that finds Estrada. Estrada tries to guide the header towards goal but cannot keep his effort on target.
Sarmiento looks for the big switch out to Preciado but Jakobs does well to cut the ball out.
Plata passes to Valencia on the left but is was too strong for the Ecuador skipper to control. The ball goes out of play.
Ecuador not being able to create anything in the final third. The sting has completely gone from its attack. Even Valencia seems a bit clueless at the moment.
Cifuentes shoots from distance but there is no venom in it and Mendy collects it without breaking a sweat. This was Ecuador’s first shot on target since the 10th minute.
Estrada takes a knock early in the second-half but it is not a serious one. He gets up and will be okay to continue.
Ecuador subs: IN-Sarmiento, Cifuentes OUT- Franco, Gruezo
Senegal starts the second-half with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a penalty converted by Ismaila Sarr.
Ismaila Sarr’s penalty keeps Senegal ahead at the break.
Ndiaye, with a clever flick, took the ball away from his marker inside the box. He goes for the shot but it is a miskick and the ball takes a deflection off Torres and goes out for a Senegal corner.
Six added minutes after the first-half!! Gustavo Alfaro and Aliou Cisse will give very contrasting half-time speeches.
GOOOALLLL!!! SARR CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT AND GIVES THE LEAD TO SENEGAL!! Such a pressure kick and Sarr made it look so easy, calmly placing it in the bottom-right corner.
PENALTY TO SENEGAL!! SARR IS BROUGHT DOWN INSIDE THE BOX BY HINCAPIE!! The Ecuador players vehemently protest but the referee pays no heed.
Caicedo is fine to continue after the necessary medical attention.
Caicedo has hurt himself after being tackled by Sarr. He stays down and the referee calls for medical attention.
Jakobs delivers a good cross inside the box from a Senegal freekick. Ndiaye connects with the ball and gets his header way but cannot keep his shot on target.
Estupinan tries to find a darting Valencia on the left flank. Koulibaly puts in a brilliant challenge to stop Valencia’s progress. Valencia went down and clutched his knee for a while but he gets back up. One can tell that the knee is bothering him.
Ecuador not being able to find any significant outlet for now. The Senegal defence looks compact and disciplined.
Sarr swings a good ball inside the box aiming for Ndiaye but the latter cannot make decent contact with the ball. He was hurried off the ball too soon.
Sarr cuts in and aims for the far post with a curling shot. It takes a minor deflection and misses the target by inches. Sarr almost scoring the opening goal of the match.
Parcedo is tackled heavily by Sarr and the former stays down. He needs treatment after twisting his knee but will be okay to carry on for now.
Jakobs puts a good ball inside the box from a corner but Galindez comes out and punches the ball away.
Sabaly does well to pressure Hincapie into conceding the corner. Hincapie was looking for the ball to run out but could not deal with Sabaly’s presence.
Estrada uses his pace to make a darting run down the left. He lobs the ball to Valencia inside the box, but the Ecuadorian skipper cannot make decent contact as the Senegal defence mops up the danger.
Valencia hits the wall from the freekick. No player has scored directly from a freekick in this World Cup.
Estrada uses his pace and gets to the ball with a darting run down the left. He lobs the ball to Valencia inside the box but the Ecuadorian skipper cannot make a decent touch and Senegal mops up the danger.
Ecuador has a freekick and Enner Valencia looking to take it. It is 35 metres away from goal.
Chance- Sabaly threads a good ball to Dia who had made a good run inside the box. Dia aims for the far-post with his shot but cannot keep his effort on target.
Valencia tries to attack the loose ball near the penalty area of Senegal but he cannot reach there in time as the situation i dealt with by the Senegalese defence.
Close- First attack for Senegal as Gueye is played a good ball from the left. He goes for a shot from inside the Ecuador box but misses the target. The ball brushed the side-netting. A goal would have been a great way to mark Gueye’s 99th cap his country.
Nice touch by Valencia to bring the ball down on the left flank. He looks for a cross but it is blocked and the ball goes out for an Ecuador throw.
Ecuador and Senegal kick-off their Group A match at the Khalifa International Stadium.
On the brink of history
Ecuador’s young team are tantalisingly close to a record-equalling last-16 place in the World Cup if it can beat or draw with African champion Senegal in its Group A showdown on Tuesday at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The South Americans have had a superb start to the tournament, easily beating host Qatar 2-0 before outplaying the Netherlands and being unfortunate not to win in a 1-1 draw that made a mockery of the gulf in their world rankings.
The job is not done, however, as defeat by African champion Senegal could send it home rather than enable them to reach the knockout round for the second time in Ecuador’s history.
“We have a bigger battle coming,” coach Gustavo Alvaro quickly warned after the euphoria of the performance against the Dutch, whom he had craftily acknowledged in advance were a superior side.
So far, Ecuador has been reliant on its veteran striker Enner Valencia, who has scored all its goals to add to his three at the 2014 World Cup.
But he is only the spearhead with a wealth of exuberant talent behind him, not least flourishing young midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, who is at the heart of everything good that Ecuador do, both shielding his defence and releasing the strikers.
SENEGAL: ‘MUST BE BETTER’
Once again, Ecuador is sweating on Valencia’s fitness after he was stretchered off late on in the Netherlands game with a recurrence of a knee strain suffered against Qatar.
“He’s the only one with World Cup experience,” said Alfaro, who led a generational change in the national side that enabled it to punch its way out of arguably the world’s toughest qualifiers in South America. “The rest are kids.”
Senegal is less intimidating opposition without the injured Sadio Mane and knows it has to improve to beat Ecuador after losing 2-0 to the Dutch but beating Qatar 3-1 to sit in third place in Group A on three points.
“Our concentration must be better,” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. “We need to win to have a chance to qualify for the last 16.”
One of only three African nations to have reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup, Senegal knows that victory over Ecuador would help atone for a miserable last tournament in Russia where it was eliminated on disciplinary points.
Senegal could theoretically still go through if it draws, as could Ecuador if it loses, but both those scenarios would require a win by Qatar over the Netherlands sufficient to push the Dutch into third place on goal difference.
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When will the Ecuador vs Senegal match kick-off?
The Ecuador vs Senegal match will kick-off at 8:30 PM IST, November 29.
Where will the Ecuador vs Senegal match kick-off?
The Ecuador vs Senegal match will kick-off at the Khalifa International stadium.
Where can you watch the Ecuador vs Senegal match in India?
The Ecuador vs Senegal match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.