Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 clash between England and Senegal, happening at the Al Bayt stadium.
Grealish does well on the left inside the box and finds Rashford on the cross. The Manchester United forward comes in sliding but he only manages to find the back of the net
Four added minutes
Grealish capitalises on a misplaced Senegalese pass and picks Kane. The captain attempts a cross but the ball is cleared
Sarr’s long ball into the box finds Sarr but the latter heads the ball well outside the goal
OUT: Jordan Henderson IN: Kalvin Phillips
What a chance! Kane’s shot is blocked by Mendy
Phil Foden (22 years and 190 days) is the second youngest player to provide two assists in the same World Cup knockout game (since 1966) after Ronaldo Nazário against Denmark in 1998 (21y 284d).
OUT: Jude Bellingham IN: Mason Mount; OUT: John Stones IN: Eric Dier
Kalidou Kulibaly is booked for a tackle on Kane
Free kick for Senegal after Dieng is pulled down. Set piece opportunity. Pape Sarr takes the kick and tries a direct shot at goal. But the ball goes brushing past the net
OUT: Boulaye Dia IN: Famara Diedhiou
Sabaly cuts inside and attempts a through ball, trying to find Dia. But the striker overruns and the ball goes out for a goal kick
OUT: Bukayo Saka IN: Marcus Rashford; OUT: Phil Foden IN: Jack Grealish
Bukayo Saka is the first Arsenal player to score a goal in a men’s major tournament knockout stage game for England. (Via Squawka)
Another attack brewing for England as Kane’s wonderful dribble past a couple of Senegal players finds Foden eventually. Foden tries to run across an array of defenders but is intercepted
BUKAYO SAKAAA!!!! ENGLAND IS ALMOST THROUGH TO THE QUARTERS! Foden on the left flan does well to deceive Koulibaly and puts in a searching cross that finds Saka. The Arsenal man then chips the ball over Mendy as England now holds a 3 goal advantage over Senegal
Pape Gueye comes in with an important interception after Shaw whips out a cross from the right
Foden’s effort in the middle to find Bellingham inside the box is in vein as Koulibaly intercepts.
Gueye runs into the attacking half on the right and tries for a cross but no one is inside the box. Pape Sarr finally gets the ball and he attempts an outrageous shot that goes well wide off the post
England carrying the first half momentum. Kane produces a dangerous run and goes into the six yard box but is unable to complete his cross as an interception halts the attack
OUT: Krepin Diatta, Iliman Ndiaye, Pathe Ciss IN: Pape Sarr, Cheik Deing, Pape Gueye
England, in the initial 35 minutes of the half, played a Spain-esque football of holding the majority of possession but not scoring any goals to back it up. But then came the Bellingham masterclass. He assisted Henderson in England’s first breakthrough and orchestrated the next goal with a brilliant run in the middle. An exciting second half awaits!
KANEEE!!!!! THE ENGLISH SKIPPER FINALLY GETS HIS GOAL!! Bellingham orchestrated the attack yet again. Brilliant run from the number 22 and he finds Foden. The latter then puts in a wonderful ball to find a running Kane, who slots it right in the center of the net.
Just two added minutes
Wasted opportunity! Shaw intercepts a Senegal pass and finds Bellingham. A one-two from them leads to Shaw running inside the box but he waits too long and Mendy capitalises. The Chelsea keeper guides the ball away for a corner but nothing comes off it
Chance for England yet again!! Saka does well on the right to dribble past Diallo and whip out a cross. All Kane had to do was to guide the ball into the net but the English captain squanders. That was his best chance to open his account this World Cup
HENDERSONNN!!!! ENGLAND TAKES THE LEAD. Bellingham started the attack with a brilliant run. Sarr gives space for the Dortmund man and he captialises to put in a pass to find Henderson who finishes it coolly
Jakobs takes the free kick and attempts to find someone inside the box but Walker heads it away
Sarr on the left tricks and moves past Walker. The City defender resorts to bringing Sarr down and gets lucky to not get booked. Senegal gets a free kick and its a set piece opportunity.
Kane in the middle puts in a pass to find Saka but the ball bounces after a Senegal interception. Saka attempts to reclaim it but Jakobs wins the challenge against the Arsenal forward.
England claims handball in a dangerous Senegalese attack. Referee ignores them and Sarr runs through and passes it to Dia inside the box. The latter lashes out a shot but Pickford’s reflexes helps him to keep the ball out
The last 10 minutes or so has been the most productive for Senegal. After letting England take control for the first 15 minutes, Aliou Cisse’s men have taken a more aggressive approach.
WHAT A CHANCE!! A miscue from Maguire goes straight to Diatta, whose through ball finds Ismaila Sarr inside the box and he then passes to Dia. Pickford’s crucial stop denies an attempt at goal.
England’s domination continues. Southgate’s side now hold a staggering 68 per cent posession against a struggling Senegal
Corner for England. Foden takes it and puts in a good cross. Stones gets there but he heads it wide
Maguire steps up yet again. Diatta on the right runs and puts in a trhough ball to find Ndiaye who then runs past Walker but Maguire intercepts to clear the ball away
Saka gets away from Jakobs as he receieves a brilliantlong ball on the right flank. He changes the course of play with a lofted long ball of his own and finds Kane on the left. The Tottenham man whips out a cross but none of the White shirts are there to collect it. Cleared eventually
Jude Bellingham (19y 158d) is the second teenager to start in a WorldCup knockout stage game for England, after Michael Owen (18y 198d) against Argentina in 1998. (Via Opta)
England continues to threaten. Bellingham on the right blazes past Koulibaly and runs deep into the flank. He then lashes out a searching cross but no one is there to receive it
Set piece situation for England but Kane decides to keep the ball low and finds Shaw. The latter then whips a lofted ball into the box which finds Rice. His first touch is brilliant, controls the ball with his chest and puts in a cross but the ball is cleared away
Pathe Ciss puts in a rash tackle on Jude Bellingham and England wins a free kick. The Senegal defender is let off with a warning. Seconds later, Bellingham goes down yet again. This time its a taccle from Diatta and it is yet another free kick
Magurie comes in clutch with a well timed tackle. Boulaye Dia looked threatening as he raced past a couple of players inside the box. Maguire’s tackle helps Pickford grab the ball
Jordan Henderson creates problems for the Senegalese defense on the right but the ball is kicked out for an English throw. Kane receives it and finds Henderson near the box. The Liverpool player then attempts a pass in an effort to find Rice inside the box but the ball is cleared
Iliman Ndiaye will have his first kick of the match as Senegal starts the proceedings. England gets the ball back immediately and are playing inside their own half, retaining possession
Players have made their way into the middle and it is now time for the national anthems. England’s national anthem is being played first followed by the Senegalese anthem.
Here’s the Round of 16 schedule:
World Cup form:
England: Won 6-2 vs Iran; drew 0-0 vs USA; won 3-0 vs Wales
Senegal: Lost 2-0 vs Netherlands; won 3-1 vs Qatar; won 2-0 vs Ecuador
Will Senegal rewrite history?
African nations have lost eight of their nine World Cup knockout round games against European sides, with the exception being Senegal’s 2-1 win over Sweden in the round of 16 in 2002. However, in all competitions, England has never lost against an African side in their history (W14 D6).
History favours the English
England has never lost in seven previous World Cup matches against African opposition (W4 D3); its only previous such game in the knockout stages came against Cameroon in the 1990 quarter-final, winning 3-2 after extra-time, with its goals coming from David Platt and two Gary Lineker penalties.
Sterling misses out..
England’s Raheem Sterling will not be available for selection against Senegal as he is dealing with a family matter, England FA has confirmed.
The Chelsea forward has a goal and an assist under his belt for England in the ongoing World Cup, both coming in the group stage 6-2 win against Iran,
Who will it be this time - The Three lions or the Lions of Teranga?
This will be the first ever senior international between England and Senegal. It will be the 13th time that England’s first ever match against a nation has come in the World Cup; the Three Lions lost just one of the previous 12 such instances (W7 D4), a 0-1 defeat to USA in 1950.
In a tournament packed with surprises, Senegal will try to add to the list of stunners in the Round of 16 on Sunday when it takes on England, which has never lost to an African side.
If Senegal is to pull off the shock it might have to do it without their inspirational leader and coach Aliou Cisse, who has been sidelined with an illness.
Adding to the challenge the African champions will definitely be without their midfield general Idrissa Gueye, who is suspended for the match at Al Bayt having picked up a second yellow card against Ecuador in their final group match.
“He (Cisse) has been sick for a couple of days now and he let us take charge of training yesterday obviously with his instructions,” assistant coach Regis Bogaert told reporters on Saturday.
“Hopefully tomorrow he will be able to come and be on the bench with the players but we are sure at 10 p.m. he will be there with the team.”
England has faced African opposition 20 times, including seven at a World Cup, and is yet to lose.
While African nations have lost eight of their nine World Cup knockout round games against European sides, Cisse was there for the one success in 2002 when Senegal beat Sweden to reach the quarter-finals.
Senegal burst into that tournament by defeating reigning champion France and the dreadlocked Cisse has shared those memories with his players ahead of their date with England.
“When he talks he uses data and his own experiences,” Bogaert said. “He was part of that great team in 2002 and I think the team really trusts him because of that experience he had as player.
“Beating England would be a tremendous achievement, I don’t know how important it would rate compared to the victory in 2002, that was important as well. If we can beat a team like England it sends out a very strong message about the progress we have made.”
Cisse has been in charge of Senegal since 2015 and guided the Lions of Teranga to several firsts including their maiden Africa Cup of Nations title this year.
Bogaert explained that Senegal has done their homework and have paid special attention to set pieces - a part of the game where England have been particularly dangerous in recent years.
“We’ve identified some things and the most important thing is set pieces can be decisive in these top matches,” said Bogaert. “We also hope to take advantage of set pieces.
“Our strategy is in place.”