Senegal advances to last 16 at World Cup, beats Ecuador 2-1
Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly, right, celebrates with teammates scoring his side's second goal during the World Cup group A football match between Ecuador and Senegal, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, November 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly put his team into the last 16 of the World Cup by volleying home the winner in a 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Tuesday.

Koulibaly scored three minutes after Moises Caicedo had evened the score at 1-1.

In a must-win match for the African champions, Senegal took the lead after a first-half penalty by Ismaila Sarr. Caicedo scored his goal in the 67th.

At 1-1, Ecuador would have advanced from Group A and Senegal would have been eliminated.

The Netherlands beat Qatar 2-0 in the other match to win the group. Senegal finished second while Ecuador and Qatar were eliminated.

Senegal last advanced from the group stage at the 2002 World Cup, when the team reached the quarterfinals in its tournament debut.

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