Kalidou Koulibaly lets Jordan Henderson chase the ball away in his own third, but England only get a throw-in from the situation with two Senegalese on the spot to prevent anything worse from happening.
Kick-off at Al Bayt Stadium. Both teams wear their usual colors: England in white and Senegal in green. The ball is rolling in the fourth round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
Nine times in World Cup history an African team and a European team have met in a knockout round. In eight out of nine cases, the Europeans got ahead. The only exception came from Senegal, who beat Sweden 2-1 in the round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup. The 2-0 loss to the Netherlands in this year’s preliminary round was only the second loss in sixth World Cup game for the Teranga Lions against a European nation (three wins, one draw).
Although it is the first international match ever between the two nations, the record speaks for the Three Lions. England are unbeaten in 20 international matches against African sides (14 wins, six draws). The only knockout game at a World Cup against an African team to date was a 3-2 win over Cameroon after extra time at the 1990 World Cup.
The reigning African champions are missing the team’s superstar in Bayern’s Sadio Mané. The fact that the West Africans’ last ten World Cup goals were all scored by different players (including own goals) shows that the Teranga lions can also be successful without the 30-year-old. The five different goalscorers provided by Senegal at the 2022 World Cup are the highest number of different goalscorers of all 32 World Cup participants. Aliou Cissé’s team is correspondingly difficult to calculate.
The Senegalese national football team celebrated their first-ever World Cup appearance at the 2002 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the defending champions France in the first group match, with whom they could now meet again in the quarter-finals. Since then, however, the Teranga Lions have always conceded at least one goal in their subsequent ten World Cup games – including in this year’s three group games, of which the games against Qatar (3-1) and Ecuador (2-1) were victorious .
England are in the last 16 of the World Cup for the eighth time in history. The Three Lions have scored at least one goal of their own in each of their seven appearances in this round (12 goals in total) and advanced three rounds out of the last four.
In the run-up to the World Cup, the reigning European Vice Champion England was still in a bit of a crisis. The Three Lions didn’t win a single one of their six UEFA Nations League games and were relegated bottom of Group A3 behind Italy, Hungary and Germany. But England is the only team from this group of four that is represented in the round of 16 of the World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s selection picked up seven out of nine points and scored nine goals in the preliminary round.
Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé made two adjustments after the 2-1 win against Ecuador: Nampalys Mendy and Krépin Diatta started for Pape Gueye (bench) and Idrissa Gueye (suspended).
First, a look at the starting line-ups: England manager Gareth Southgate brings in Bukayo Saka for Marcus Rashford after Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Wales. It’s the only change for the Three Lions. Raheem Sterling, who was on the bench for 90 minutes against Wales, is absent today for family reasons.
Good evening and welcome from Al Bayt Stadium. Here tonight at 20:00, England and Senegal clash in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. The quarter-final opponent of defending champion France is being sought.