Koulibaly’s message as Senegal cleared knockout stages. After his team beat Ecuador 2-1 on Tuesday, November 30, to qualify for the knockout rounds of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Senegal captainissued a powerful statement. Before Moises Caicedo of Ecuador tied the score in the second half, Ismaila Sarr of the African team had given them the lead in the 44th minute from the penalty spot. The game’s winning goal was then scored by Koulibaly in the 70th minute.
Before the World Cup, Sadio Mane, Senegal’s top attacker, was forced to withdraw due to injury. Many predicted that without the Bayern Munich star, the defending African champions wouldn’t compete effectively in the pivotal match. Before the Round of 16 stages, Koulibaly addressed the idea and sent a terrifying warning to their opponents. After Sadio’s injury, approximately two-thirds of the world believed that we wouldn’t make it. But we work as a cohesive unit, a family. There is a desire to advance past the quarterfinal. We don’t give up and wish to share the Senegalese football saga.
Every game is difficult, so the next one will be too. However, the team that faces us will be a little bit apprehensive. They can see that we are quite talented and capable of doing nice deeds. Senegal earned six points from its three group contests. They recovered from their opening-game loss to the Netherlands by defeating Qatar and Ecuador twice. In the Round of 16, Koulibaly and company will take on England. Senegal last advanced to the round of 16 in the 2002 tournament, where they were defeated by Turkey in the quarterfinals.
The team’s captain at the time was Aliou Cisse. He now serves as Senegal’s manager after twenty years. The Round of 16 matchups between Senegal and England will present a completely new test for his team, according to Senegal coach Cisse. That will be a new stage for us, Cisse added. We are aware that we are moving on to the knockout rounds, which will be very different from how we usually play in these (group) games. The top teams in the world are competing, and everyone is a good squad.
As a result, we must be ready to face any opposition. There are no more second chances; you either win or lose. If you win, you advance; if you lose, you are sent home. Therefore, for the time being, we will simply focus on taking it easy and getting in shape for the upcoming game. On Sunday, December 4, the Al Bayt Stadium will host the England-Senegal game.
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