England set up a mouth-watering quarter-final with France as they produced one of the most comprehensive World Cup scores of the weekend action. After a sluggish start at the Al Bayt Stadium, England gained momentum when Jordan Henderson’s game-opening goal was expertly assisted by Jude Bellingham in the 39th minute. Bellingham started an excellent England counterattack right before the break, which Harry Kane (45+3) finished off to net his first goal of the match and make things much better for Gareth Southgate’s team. After the half, England’s drive into the round of eight was extended by Bukayo Saka (57), who had been reinstated to the starting lineup, with a magnificent finish from Phil Foden’s ball.
Similar to their performance against Wales, England got off to a poor start. Harry Maguire experienced some uneasy moments as Boulaye Dia and then Iliman Ndiaye twice outran him in the opening minutes. Senegal was pressing hard and creating a lot of problems for England’s defense, who were seeing a lot of the ball. Senegal made the game’s first opening because England simply couldn’t get going. Ismaila Sarr was given a clear chance as the ball fell to her in the six-yard box, but Jordan Pickford managed to block her attempt. In the lead-up to the opportunity, Senegal claimed that John Stones had been handled, but after a quick VAR review, the play was allowed to continue.
It took England until the 39th minute to fully demonstrate their talent, and with devastating results. Kane was the one Foden chose, and he slipped the ball through for a charging Bellingham. The ever-impressive Bellingham launched a brilliant counterattack after gliding past several Senegal players and selecting Foden. Just before the hour, Saka added to England’s advantage with a brilliant finish after latching onto Foden’s low cross, and the game was effectively finished at that point.
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