World Cup 2022: Sarr Steps Up in Mane’s Absence, Scores Filthy ‘No Look’ Penalty, Video

World Cup 2022: Sarr Steps Up in Mane’s Absence, Scores Filthy ‘No Look’ Penalty, Video

  • Ismaila Sarr scored a no-look penalty against Ecuador at the World Cup on November 29
  • The penalty scored by the Watford winger was Senegal's first goal in their critical 2-1 win
  • Victory has helped the Lions of Teranga qualify for the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr scored a filthy no-look penalty for Senegal in their last group A game against Ecuador, which they won 2-1 on Tuesday evening, November 29.

The reigning African champions have secured their place in the round of 16 of the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, having finished second with six points.

They started their campaign with a 2-0 loss against the Netherlands, but came back stronger to win their next two games.

Ismaïla Sarr, Senegal, Ecuador, penalty, World Cup
Ismaila Sarr has steps up in Mane's absence to help Senegal advance to the last 16 of the World Cup in Qatar. Photo by Maddie Meyer.
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Against Ecuador, Sarr was brought down in the opposition 18-yard box, leading the referee to award Senegal a penalty in the 44th minute.

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Sarr stepped up in style and scored without even looking at the ball on the ground.

Interestingly, although his teammates and likely most fans were focusing on the ball, the 24-year-old did not.

Watch the video below

In 2019, Sarr was part of the Senegal squad that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations for only the second time in the nation's history.

He played the full 90 minutes of the final on July 19, 2019, which they lost 1–0 to Algeria.

So far, Sarr has featured in 51 games for Senegal and has scored 11 goals.

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Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Senegal boss Aliou Cisse dedicated his team's memorable World Cup win over Ecuador to Sadio Mane.

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The Lions of Teranga stunned Ecuador 2-1 on November 29, and were in great form during their last Group A fixture.

Goals from Sarr and Kalidou Koulibaly were enough to earn the African champions a vital win and book a spot in the last 16.

30-year-old Mane picked up an injury to his right fibula in one of Bayern Munich's final games, just days before the World Cup.

Source: Sports Brief News