Senegal achieved what was required with the skill of its coach, Cisse, and qualified


The Senegalese national football team, the champion of the African continent, reached the final price for the second time in its history, by defeating its Ecuadorian counterpart 2-1, yesterday, at Khalifa Stadium in Doha, in the third and final round of the Group Six competitions of the Qatar World Cup.

Watford striker Ismaila Sarr (44 from a penalty kick) and Chelsea defender Khalido Coulibaly (70) scored the two goals for Senegal, which won the group's runner-up, and Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo (68) for Ecuador, which came out empty-handed after it was in the lead before the third round.

It is the second successive victory for Senegal, after the first over host Qatar 3-1 in the second round, after losing the first match against the Netherlands, 0-2.

The African champion snatched second place with six points, one point behind the orange team that won Qatar 2-0 at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, which is the second time that Senegal has reached the second round out of three participations after the first in 2002 in South Korea and Japan when it reached to the quarter-finals.

On the other hand, Ecuador failed in its fourth participation to skip the first round and repeat its achievement in 2006 when it was eliminated from the final price.

Senegal achieved what was required of it, as it needed to win to reserve its card, regardless of the outcome of the second match in the group, and therefore its coach, Aliou Cisse, preferred to keep the defensive midfielder for Leicester City, Nambales Mendy, on the bench, preferring him the attacking midfielder of Marseille, Pap Guy.

He also preferred to push promising striker Eliman Ndiaye (22 years old) and Pathet Cisse at the expense of Kriban Diata and Cheikhou Kouyate.

On the other hand, Ecuador's captain Enner Valencia, partner of Frenchman Kylian Mbappe, was at the top of the scorers' list (3 goals), starting after doubts arose about him following his knee injury in the second match against the Netherlands.

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