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England beat Senegal to set up the quarter-final showdown against France

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England survived the initial scare to beat Senegal 3-0 in their round of 16 match yesterday to advance to the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

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Gareth Southgate

The result sets up a tantalizing clash with France, who beat Poland 3-1 earlier for Gareth Southgate’s side in the first meeting of the two European heavyweights in a World Cup knockout round.

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Harry Kane

Jordan Henderson and captain Harry Kane scored just before half-time to secure a 2-0 half-time lead against a Senegal side who had looked fully up to the task at Al Bayt Stadium.

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Speedy Senegalese

Speedy Senegalese striker Boulaye Dia, who looked dangerous on the counter-attack, came closer to the African side when he made a powerful save from Jordan Pickford’s handball after the England defense inadvertently gave away the ball just after the half-hour mark.

Jude Bellingham

Henderson calmed England’s nerves in the 38th minute, caressing the ball inside after Jude Bellingham intervened at the end of a beautiful passing play.

Edouard Mendy

Kane fired a ferocious shot past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with the last shot of the first half, leaving him one goal behind Wayne Rooney’s record 53 goals for England.

Bukayo Saka

After half-time, Arsenal striker Bukayo Saka put England three up on 57 minutes, applying a deft touch to Phil Foden’s cross through the box over Mendy’s outstretched arms.

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Saka’s goal brought England’s total goals so far in Qatar to 12, equaling the country’s World Cup record number scored by reaching the semi-finals in Russia, as the Three Lions won the match in a canter.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-breaking World Cup round of 16 clash that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe scored a magnificent brace.

Wojciech Szczesny

France were relentless on attack as they searched for an opening goal, but were unable to unlock a robust Poland until just before half-time when Mbappe played a precision pass to Giroud, who got past Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus. .

Jules Kounde

Defending champions France continued to press after the break. Giroud nearly scored the second when he sent Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappé did not miss in the 74th minute and fired a missile from inside the penalty area that went into the upper corner.

Mbappe didn’t finish, adding a second stoppage-time goal with another whoop to seal the win and bring his total for the tournament to five.

Robert Lewandowski

Poland got a consolation goal from Robert Lewandowski’s penalty.

England and Senegal

France will then face the winners of the match between England and Senegal, to be played later on Sunday.

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France 3-1 Poland

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