At the Khalifa International stadium, Senegal were ranked 18th on the FIFA ranking computer, took the lead in the 44th minute through an Ismaila Sarr penalty conversion and went into half time leading 1–0. In the second half, Ecuador, ranked 44, hit back through Moises Caicedo in the 67th minute to tie. The lead lasted just three minutes and Kalidou Koulibaly scored Senegal’s second goal of the game to take the lead for the African Cup of Nations champions.
This is how things stand in Group A!
The Lions of Teranga will therefore reach the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The African champions, who are in Qatar without Idrissa Gueye and Sadio Man, are likely to meet England if they win Group B.
Ecuador flopped the opening game promise and Enner Valencia couldn’t revive himself one last time. Senegal now joins Portugal, Brazil and France in the final 16 stages. Senegal, who lost 2-0 to the Netherlands, finished their league games with six points with two wins and one loss to finish second in the group behind leaders Netherlands. The European giants completed their league appointments with an all-win record, with identical 2-0 wins over Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar and capped off their league appointments with a comfortable victory over hosts Qatar.
Senegal’s first win in the group came against hosts Qatar, while Ecuador had begun proceedings in the 29-day tournament with a 2-0 victory over the hosts. Hosts Qatar finished bottom of the table, losing all their matches and conceding seven goals and scoring one goal, the worst record for World Cup hosts. The hosts’ only goal of the tournament came in a 3–1 defeat to Ecuador.
The hosts, who never took part in any editions of the World Cup, but played in the current Championship as hosts, thus joined South Africa as the only hosts to not progress beyond the first round. Ecuador Argentina coach Gustavo Julio Alfaro made three changes, eliminating Carlos Gruezo and replacing him with Jose Cifuentes, Alan Franco made way for Jeremy Sarmiento and Michael Estrada who went out and Djorkaeff Reasco took his place on the turf .
He then brought in Jackson Porozo for Angelo Preciado as the South American side tried all combinations to break through the rival defense in pursuit of the equaliser. On the other hand, Senegal coach Aliou Cisse also brought in a fresh pair of legs in the 74th minute to keep Ecuador at bay, with Iliman Ndiaye giving way to Cheikh Dieng and Pathe Ciss taking over from Nampalys Mendy. Referee Turpin kept the game under control by showing a yellow card to Senegal’s Idrissa Gana Gueye in the 66th minute.