Match Today: England vs Senegal 04-12-2022 Qatar World Cup 2022
After topping Group Two with seven points from their three matches, England qualified for the knockout stages for the sixth time in the previous seven World Cups.
The Three Lions hope to improve after finishing fourth in the 2018 edition when they meet Senegal, who finished second in Group A with six points. England's final match was an effective 3-0 win over Wales while Senegal came away with an excellent 2-1 win over Ecuador to secure their place in the round of 16, with the match set to kick off at 7pm UK time at the Home Stadium. The stadium in the creek. England needed a strong response after a goalless draw with the United States in the second round. A 3-0 win over historic rivals Wales, which included a brace from Marcus Rashford, should put the Three Lions in excellent spirits ahead of their last-16 clash. On paper, this England side has talent comparable to the best teams in the competition, but recent results suggest the team has underperformed. England's preparation for the 2022 World Cup was disastrous as Gareth Southgate's side failed to win one of their six Nations League matches, drawing three and losing the other three. The hope among the fans is that the team will step up its game on the biggest stage in the world and so far the players have performed.
England vs Senegal
On the other hand, Senegal enters this match after two wins and a loss in Group A to finish second behind the Netherlands. It was a daring group stage performance from the reigning African champions, who many have forgiven for failing to make a comeback after news that their hero Sadio Mane would miss the tournament as well as their 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands in their opening match. The Taranga Lions responded by scoring five goals in their next two matches, proving the side to be much more than Mane's influence. Senegal will be confident of finding the net in this match, having scored in 13 of their last 14 games, but they may find it difficult to contend with an England defense that runs off consecutive clean sheets and rarely looks troubled against Wales. There are no fresh injury concerns over England manager Gareth Southgate has seen a number of players return in recent days. One such player was Kyle Walker, with the Manchester City man back in the starting eleven against Wales in place of Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier. The only news from the England squad was that Arsenal defender Ben White had returned home citing "personal reasons" and would not take part in the rest of the competition.
Senegal vs England
England have never lost to an African team, winning 14 and drawing 6 ties from their 20 total matches. England kept two consecutive clean sheets and won goalless in their final match against Wales. Senegal have conceded in every match in the 2022 World Cup and four of the last five matches in total. England, along with Spain, are the highest scoring teams in the competition with nine goals from their three matches. England have only lost once in their last seven World Cup matches after 90 minutes. In their last two matches, England have only allowed their opponents a chance to score one clear goal while setting up five of their own. Senegal coach Aliou Cisse will have to deal with the absence of influential midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye after the Everton player picked up his second yellow card in the competition, thus ruling him out of the round of 16. . It's a devastating blow to a team that is already missing their brightest talent in Sadio Mane. Idrissa Gueye has been crucial to Senegal's game plan, even being 10th in two of the three matches when Senegal opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation. As England look to settle into a defensive groove with two impressive displays in back-to-back matches, we support them. To win here and keep a clean sheet. Senegal showed their heart to recover from a single defeat in the first round against the Netherlands with stellar performances in the next two matches. Unfortunately for them, they will be matched against one of the favorites for the tournament in England. With the Three Lions in goal-scoring form having put three times past Wales, the English came back to win this game goalless and advance to the quarter-finals.