England overcame a pedestrian begin to surge to a snug 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday as objectives by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, and Bukayo Saka swept it right into a mouth-watering World Cup quarterfinal conflict with holder France.
England took a very long time to impose itself on the African champion, a group it had by no means confronted earlier than and survived a few scares earlier than two objectives late within the first half modified the texture of the night time, and it was no contest after the break.
The victory prolonged England’s all-time unbeaten run towards African groups to 21 video games, together with eight in World Cups. Morocco, which faces Spain on Tuesday, is now the one African group left within the match.
The absence of the suspended Idrissa Gueye and injured Cheikhou Kouyate left Senegal’s midfield too underpowered to pose issues for England.
With Sadio Mane lacking the match by means of damage, the Africans additionally lacked a leading edge to bother an England defence that saved a 3rd successive World Cup clear sheet for the primary time in 20 years.
Though it was finally a convincing victory, England might want to take a look at how and why it took so lengthy to impose itself.
For a lot of the first half, it was gradual and static, and a sequence of misplaced passes gifted Senegal probabilities. The very best of them fell to Boulaye Dia, and solely the robust left arm of keeper Jordan Pickford prevented the Africans from taking the lead.
With the relentless Senegalese drummers spurring their males on, England’s usually vociferous followers have been silent – and had nothing to carry them.
They discovered their voice after 38 minutes although, when England lastly injected some tempo, breaking down the left by means of Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, who crossed for late-arriving Henderson to stroke house the opener.
Kane had an nearly similar likelihood minutes later, and although he sidefooted over, his purpose drought at this match got here to an finish in emphatic model in first-half stoppage time.
Bellingham once more surged from his personal field and fed Foden, who rolled the ball into the trail of the captain to smash in an unstoppable shot to turn out to be England’s eighth scorer in Qatar.
It was a lead that had appeared unlikely, however England got here out stuffed with confidence after the break, and it not felt like a contest.
Saka, recalled by coach Gareth Southgate in his solely change from the win over Wales, cleverly lifted within the third after 58 minutes following a penetrating run and low cross by Foden.
It was England’s twelfth purpose of the match, essentially the most by any group in Qatar and matching its all-time report set 4 years in the past when it went all the way in which to the semifinals.
From then on England was in a position to undergo the motions and preserve out of bother as it’s nonetheless but to have a yellow card and appears to have averted any main accidents going into the France showdown.
It is aware of will probably be unlikely to get away with a equally gradual begin subsequent Saturday night time towards a French group who impressively dispatched Poland 3-0 earlier on Sunday, however the holder too shall be nicely conscious that its previous rivals possess the weapons to do actual harm if it will get the prospect.
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