You can’t hold the excitement of the fans ready to cheer their countrymen on the field at the Al Bayt Stadium. The bright colors and the flags of the the nation’s flying so high. All what you will see is the red, yellow, green of the Senegalese fans and the white and red colors indicating that of the English supporters.
Both teams are out on the field ready to take their anthems. Just for you to know that, whoever wins this match goes to the quarterfinals and will face the defending champions, France next week.
Both coaches have come out with the 11 players starting.
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Henderson, Rice, Bellingham, Saka, Kane and Foden.
Senegal: Edourd Mendy, Koulibaly, Diallo, Sabaly, Ciss, Mendy, Jakobs, Ndiaye, Sarr, Dia and Dia.
Remember that, these nations have never met in any competitive matches. However, England still remains unbeaten as against any African country.
1’: The referee blows the whistle to start the game rolling. Some seconds played here and who is actually joining France in the next round.
4’: England presses so high and the ball has been won by Henderson who then tries to to find Foden in a through ball. Quite unfortunate to gets him.
7’: Jude Bellingham is fouled and England takes that free kick.
10’: In the 10mins played, Senegal trying to stay resolute and stick to the plans of the coach. Any mistakes from their defenders will result in a huge punishment from the England forwards.
18’: Dia is always testing Maguire with his pace but in all The Three Lions is with 69% of possessions so far.
20’: That’s the first corner. Foden takes and was looking for John Stones who heads it over the crossbar near the post.
22’: Boulaye’s shots blocked which later finds Sarr but takes it wide. Senegal having some kind of good chances here.
23’: VAR has been consulted on a possible penalty over a John Stone’s handballs. Which didn’t stand after several reviews.
25’: Saka now needs to find spaces for himself as the Africans are so tight and not ready to give out spaces for the English players to go through.
36’: Walker being lucky here for not being booked after bringing Sarr down.
39’: BIG CHANCE! What a nice display by the England players, a nice pass from Bellingham and Henderson had the connection so perfectly to put them ahead. England 1-0 Senegal
41’: Pickford finds Saka in a long ball, who finds Kane after beating his man. Kane’s effort found so wide and it’s off target.
45’: 2 minutes added on, and Edourd Mendy calm things down for his side after Shaw swings in a cross.
47’: BIG CHANCE! Kane doubles the lead. Makes it 2-0 for his side. A nice feed from Foden to the Spurs man, who today has ended his goalless run in the competition. Kane won’t miss this, no mistakes. A well deserved goal. Half Time.
46’: Senegal have to find solutions as soon as possible and equals if they really want to progress to the next stage.
46’: Cisse tries to respond with making three straight changes. Gueye, Bamba, Pape Sarr comes on for Ciss, Ndiaye and Diatta.
54’: Saka makes a nice drive with the ball into the box but sees his shots off targets.
57’: BIG CHANCE! A third goal is now scored. The Arsenal man has now gotten his goal thanks to Phil Foden brilliance. It’s now 3-0 for England.
69’: The tempo is lost. Now extra work from the English boys and the Senegalese are not making harder efforts to come into the game.
74’: The substitute, Pape Sarr wanting to try something here, a long range but could not trick Pickford.
75’: The captain gets to be book. Koulibaly is shown the yellow card.
80’: Almost a fourth goal was coming. Rashford gave a nice cross but the ball couldn’t be connected.
81’: Substitution. Jordan Henderson out and Kelvin Philips comes in. He plays his club football for Manchester City in the premier league.
84’: A clear chance being created by headed over by Diedhiou.
90’: in the second half, the fourth referee indicates there will be additional time of four minutes.
91’: Shaw with a good pass to Marcus but he decided to find the side nets instead.
93’: A free kick to Senegal but efforts hits the wall. Great opportunity wasted. It’s now full time and England is through. They will be facing France in their next match. That’s going to be an exciting game to watch.