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Senegal, first African team to qualify for round-16

The Terenga Lions of Senegal and African Champions, have qualified for the round of 16 knockout phase in Qatar after beating Ecuador 2-1.

Ismaila Sarr gave Senegal the lead in the closing stages of the first half after being awarded a penalty.

Ecuador equalised in the 67th minute through Moises Caicedo before Senegal and Chelsea defender, Koulibaly sent his team through to the knockout stage with the second goal for the Teranga Lions.

Senegal held out amid a nervy six minutes of stoppage time to finish as runners-up in Group A behind the Netherlands who defeated Qater to clinch top spot.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu