England left no surprises in the round of 16 and thrashed Senegal 3-0 with a great game from Harry Kane, who scored his first goal in Qatar 2022, and Jude Bellingham with an assist and dominance in the midfield of the match.
Senegal dominated for the first 25 minutes of the first half. But from minute 38, England opened the scoring with a collective play put together by Phil Foden for Jude Bellingham, who assisted only Jordan Henderson to score the first goal of the game.
From the goal, The Three Lions began to be better in attack and to have more position on the ball against the Senegal team that could not continue to have the pressure of the first minutes.
Before the end of the first half, a new set up with Bellingham for Foden who played first for Harry Kane, who scored his first goal in Qatar 2022 and his seventh goal in World Cups. The Englishman already had three assists in this World Cup, but he had not been able to open the scoring.
The second half kept the same tune. England was the clear dominant against a Senegal that ran out of ideas and momentum in the first half. Bukayo Saka sealed the rout with a score at minute 57 that left the Africans without any opportunity to turn the game around.
The rest of the game remained calm without dangerous opportunities in both areas, in which the English took the opportunity to protect their players with the changes. Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips were the substitutions and thus start thinking about the quarterfinals.
For the second consecutive World Cup, England has advanced to at least the quarterfinals after reaching the semifinal last year. In the quarterfinals they will face Kylian Mbappé’s France, who defeated Poland 3-1 this Sunday and seeks to repeat as world champion.
Saturday December 10 will be the quarterfinal match. So far two keys have been defined: Argentina vs. Netherlands and England vs. France.
On Monday the round of 16 will continue with Japan vs. Croatia and Brazil vs. South Korea.
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