England beat Senegal to meet France in quarter-final
Written by ABC AUDIO on December 5, 2022
England beat Senegal to meet France in quarterfinals originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
It’s a lion fight at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
England – The Three Lions – take on the Senegal-Tranga Lions in Qatar in the round of 16 on Sunday.
Goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka secured England a comfortable 3-0 quarter-final victory against another European side The strong teams meet.
The Three Lions started the game in their usual 4-3-3 formation, with Declan Rice playing a central role in midfield. However, manager Gareth Southgate has made some changes to his starting line-up, with Jordan Henderson leading Mason Mount, Kyle Walker on the right for Kelan Trippier, Phil Foden on the left for Raheem Sterling – the latter absent for personal reasons – and Saka on the right of Marcus Rashford.
The Telanga Lions, on the other hand, started in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Nampalis Mendy in defensive midfield replacing Idrissa Gueye, who missed the game with accumulated yellow cards Contest.
The first 20 minutes got off to a quiet start for both teams. England controlled possession as expected but struggled to break through Senegal’s 4-4-2 centre-forward formation, which pressed the centre-backs and denied midfield passes to Henderson and Jude Bellingham. ball.
Senegal’s high-pressing press proved to be his best chance to create a shot on goal, with Harry Maguire’s blunder for Boulaye Dia and Ismaila Sarr in the 22nd minute (Ismaila Sarr) brought chances, but neither had clear vision of the ball.
The same problem was repeated in England, as Saka’s attempt at a pass to Walker was intercepted by Sarr in his own defensive three-pointer, Sarr passed the ball to Dia, but his left-footed shot was missed by Jordan Pickford De’s outstretched left hand threw out.
England woke up from there in a 3-1-6 possession formation with left-back Luke Shaw high up the left wing. On the same side, the Three Lions opened the scoring first. In the 38th minute, Bellingham ran from the left to give way to Henderson with a left-footed shot to break the deadlock.
Bellingham then scored England’s second goal with a two-minute counter-attack in first-half stoppage time. The 19-year-old midfielder led Foden through, and Foden returned to the open space for Kane to make a two-for-one change. Kane shot past Edouard Mendy, 2-0 at halftime.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half, England seemed to continue to dominate. Senegal is still struggling to hold the ball, and England’s three high-level blocks in the frontcourt caused many mistakes. This came into play in the 57th minute, when the Three Lions completed a complex pass and off-the-ball movement that saw Foden pass the ball to Saka in the box, who calmly put it in the net. Di, rewrite the score to 3:0
The game has remained fairly even since then. England eliminated their key playmaker and didn’t spend much on offense to focus more on defence, but Senegal just lacked the quality and intensity to get back into the game.
Senegal’s progress to the knockout stages without star man Sadio Mane was a valiant effort but England proved overwhelmed.
The victory now sets the stage for a quarter-final showdown between England and France on Saturday 10 December at 2pm. Eastern Time, 11 a.m. Pacific Time.
England are gearing up to take on defending champions France in the World Cup quarter-finals as Jude Bellingham’s masterclass romped to a 3-0 win over Senegal in Sunday’s last-16 tie.
Gareth Southgate’s side endured a tense start at the AlBayt Stadium before Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane put Senegal under the sword with two clear goals just before half-time.
Bukayo Saka scored England’s third goal, but it was Bellingham’s prodigious work output and flourishing quality of possession that turned the tables.
Bellingham assisted Henderson to open the scoring, the Dortmund midfielder came on again, and England captain Kane scored his first goal in the World Cup.
Kane has now scored 11 goals in major competitions and replaced Gary Lineker as England’s all-time top scorer in those competitions.
But Bellingham, just 19, has already become a driving force for England.
He was the first teenager to provide an assist in a World Cup knockout stage since 1966, and his opening goal for England in a 6-2 win over Iran in the group stage heralded his move to the global stage.
Barely two years after Birmingham played in the English Second Division, a precocious Bellingham was completely unimpressed in the biggest game of his life against Senegal.
England will need another fine performance from Bellingham if they are to extend their stay in Qatar past the quarter-finals.
After France beat Poland 3-1 on Sunday, England return to the Al-Khor desert on Saturday to face the red-hot Kylian Mbappe and his counterparts.
Euro 2020 runners-up England have won just one of their last eight games against France, seriously threatening their hopes of winning a first Grand Slam title in 56 years.
The depth of attacking talent Southgate possesses could be crucial, and despite scoring twice against Wales, the striker defended his decision to drop Marcus Rashford for Saka, boasting that “we were on the pitch. Every region of the world has an embarrassingly rich wealth”.
England hit their stride after a difficult start when they were passing too slowly and looked fearful from behind, showing why Southgate has so much faith in them.
African champions Senegal, buoyed by the incessant drumming of their adoring fans, initially showed no fear as he tested England’s composure with high pressure.
Senegal missed a golden chance for the lead when Harry Maguire passed the ball and Braye Dia’s volley was blocked by John Stones into the path of Ismaila Sarr, only for Wo The Trafford striker fired from close range.
Sarr made England nervous as he pushed Saka and Dia grabbed the loose ball and forced Jordan Pickford to make a fine save with a powerful shot.