The African selection in the round of 16
Mission accomplished for Senegal which wins the direct clash with Ecuador 2-1 and qualifies for the round of 16 (already reached in 2002) as second in group A. The South American team is overtaken in the standings and is eliminated from the World Cup. At the start Idrissa Gueye and Dia waste, protagonist Ismaila Sarr who obtains and converts the penalty of the advantage. In the second half Caicedo equalized, but after two minutes a great goal from Koulibaly decided. Senegal will face the winner of group B, at the moment it would be England.
Senegal started strong and after a couple of minutes had a great chance to take the lead but Idrissa Gueye shot wide from an excellent position. Action almost photocopied in the 9th minute, this time it was the Salernitana forward Dia who didn’t find the target. It takes Ecuador a few minutes to measure up to Senegal and after fifteen minutes they show up in Mendy’s area: acceleration from Plata who serves Valencia in the center of the area. The captain of the ‘Tri’, in the stoppage, stretches the ball and it is closed. A few minutes from the end of the first half, Senegal took the lead. Hincapie spreads Sarr in the area, the referee has no doubts and indicates the spot. Sarr shows up from eleven meters and his conclusion is perfect and worth the 1-0.
At the start of the second half, the Ecuador coach sends Cifuentes and Sarmiento onto the field and the game changes. The South American team put Senegal in difficulty and found the deserved goal with Moises Caicedo, skilled in sending the ball into the net following the development of a corner kick. Not even the time to rejoice that Senegal is back on track. Free kick taken by Idrissa Gueye, the ball slams into Valencia’s thigh and reaches Koulibaly who, on the fly, signs the decisive 2-1 that takes the ‘black stars’ to heaven and for the second time to the round of 16 of the World Cup .