World Cup: Jubilation As Koulibaly’s 1st International Goal Sends Senegal to Round of 16

World Cup: Jubilation As Koulibaly’s 1st International Goal Sends Senegal to Round of 16

  • Senegal who are African champions have qualified for the round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup
  • They achieved this success following their impressive 2-1 win over Ecuador in their final group game
  • Captain of the Senegalese side Kalidou Koulibaly scored the winner and he has been praised by fans

Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly was on Tuesday evening, 29 November, the savior for Senegal as his first international career goal gave the champions of Africa a 2-1 win over Ecuador.

Senegalese fans all over the world are now celebrating their win over Ecuador thanks to Koulibaly who proved himself as a worthy captain of his national team.

Going into this encounter, Senegalese players knew that they must get a win for them to reach the round of 16 at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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Kalidou Koulibaly, Senegal, Ecuador, World Cup
World Cup: Jubilation as Koulibaly's 1st international goal sends Senegal to round of 16. Photo by Clive Mason
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Ecuador on the other hand only needed a draw for them to qualify, but they were unable to get it against a more determined Senegalese side.

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Who scored the first goal?

Senegal started the match impressively and waited until the 44th minute before scoring their first goal through Ismaila Sarr, but Ecuador restored parity in the 67th minute through Caicedo.

Kalidou Koulibaly gave his side the lead against in the 70th minute and that turned out to be the match winner.

As it stands, Senegal finished second with six points in group A behind Netherlands.

Kalidou Koulibaly pays tribute

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly wore a special armband to pay tribute to the late Papa Bouba Diop who passed away exactly two years ago.

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The Chelsea star wrote 19 on his armband, the jersey number of the legendary forward.

Koulibaly shot his side into the lead during their game against Ecuador in the final Group A game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The African champions are on the brink of sealing qualification to the last 16 as they lead the South Americans at the Khalifa Stadium.

Diop died on November 29, 2020 at the age of 42 after losing his battle with illness.

The legendary striker scored Senegal's first ever goal at the World Cup after scoring the winner against France at the 2002 tournament.

Source: Sports Brief News