World Cup 2022: How Fans Reacted to Senegal's exit after England loss

World Cup 2022: How Fans Reacted to Senegal's exit after England loss

  • Fans admitted that Senegal lacked the cutting edge to trouble England in the last 16 encounter
  • The Three Lions convincingly won 3-0 thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka
  • England face France on Saturday in a quarter-final that promises to be mouth-watering

Senegal's journey at the World Cup is over. The Lions of Teranga lost to England 3-0 to bid goodbye to the World Cup.

Despite starting strongly and spurning a golden opportunity, Senegal was sliced open far too easily by the Three Lions, who scored two quick goals in the first half.

Kalidou Koulibaly, Senegal, 2022 World Cup, England
The last time Senegal went past the last 16 was in the 2002 World Cup. Photos by James Williamson and Sebastian Frej.
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Aliou Cisse had set up his team well from the first minutes of the game. They looked defensively solid and forced several mistakes from the Englishmen.

However, they were unable to punish those mistakes. Boulaye Día was put through on goal by Ismaila Sarr early in the game, forcing a good save from Jordan Pickford.

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From that point, chances were hard to come by for the African champions.

England scored their first goal in the 38th minute. Jude Bellingham was put through, then put it on a plate for Jordan Henderson, who slotted past Édouard Mendy.

Harry Kane then got in on the act smashing past Mendy after a quick counterattack. In the second half, Bukayo Saka put the result beyond doubt with a sublime finish from Phil Foden's low cross in the 57th minute.

Fans reaction

Most fans on Twitter felt Senegal were beaten by a better team who were very clinical in front of goal.


"Like USA yesterday, Senegal had their chance early, didn’t take it and ended up well beaten by a far better side. Quarters shaping up to be pretty good."


"They have done well. It's doesn't always have to be something bad. Last 16 is very good in Africa terms. They have and Afcon and world cup last 16. Perfectly reasonable."

Others felt the reigning AFCON champions were missing key personnel against England, like Sadio Mane and Gana Gueye.

Nampalys Mendy, Edouard Mendy, Senegal, England, 2022 World Cup
Senegal lost their best player on the eve of the tournament. Photo by James Williamson.
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"Senegal truly missing Sadio Mane."


"Senegal got it tactically spot on for the most part, but then England’s quality came through. Bellingham is class! Such a shame for the African Champions that they aren’t at full strength."

Some thought the Lions of Teranga had no chance against the 1966 champions.


"Senegal thought they had a chance lmao."


"Senegal capitulation in grand proportions."

Gareth Southgate's side meet defending champions France on Saturday, 10th December, in a mouth-watering showdown. Some felt France, who have so many players of African descent, should avenge Senegal's defeat.


"Our twin brothers in France will revenge on our behalf, I think that's where our ancestors are focusing."

Senegal's best performance remains the 2002 edition, where they reached the quarter-final in Korea and Japan 2002.

Aliou Cisse, Senegal, 2022 World Cup
Aliou Cisse applauds fans after the loss to England. Photo by Shaun Botterill.
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Despite the loss, coach Cisse will definitely use it as a lesson to his team, who have now gained the experience of playing on the biggest stage of them all.

Africa still has Morocco representing them and will hope for a better display from the north Africans.

England beat Senegal

Sports Brief earlier reported on England booking their place in the quarter-final with a comfortable win over African champions Senegal.

The Three Lions set up a titanic World Cup quarter-final against holders France as Jude Bellingham's masterclass inspired a 3-0 win against Senegal in the last 16 on Sunday.

Goals from Henderson, Kane and Saka were enough.

Kane has now netted 11 times at major tournaments, overtaking Gary Lineker as England's all-time top scorer in those competitions.