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England See off Senegal to Advance to World Cup Quarter-Finals

Sun 04 Dec 2022 | 11:57 PM

England overcame a sticky start to record an impressive 3-0 win over Senegal and advance to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Gareth Southgate's error-ridden side were handed a couple of early scares by the Lions of Teranga, but two quickfire strikes from Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane against the run of play put them two goals to the good before the break.

Bukayo Saka, who was the only change from the win over Wales, made it three for the Three Lions early in the second half to put the result beyond any doubt, but it was far from a cakewalk for the 2018 semi-finalists, who have been rewarded with a last-eight clash against reigning champions France.

While Senegal caused England plenty of issues with their aggressive pressing from the off, the Three Lions did not make life easy for themselves with a myriad of misplaced passes.

Harry Maguire and John Stones were the main culprits, and the former's 23rd-minute pass was intercepted by Krepin Diatta, whose cross found Boulaye Dia after the Salernitana striker got across Stones.

The Manchester City centre-back did enough to put Dia off, but the ball then fell kindly for Watford's Ismaila Sarr, who could only blaze an effort over the bar from a couple of yards out.

Fruitless calls for a penalty on Stones's handball did not bear fruit, and England were handed another massive let off in the 32nd minute, as Jordan Pickford stuck out a strong right hand to keep out Dia after Saka gave the ball away.