Both teams demonstrated a desire to score during the group stage, and England and Senegal will face off in the Round of 16. One of the most captivating games to watch throughout the knockout stages is this one between the Three Lions and the Lions of Teranga.
England displayed great scoring prowess throughout the group stage, scoring nine goals in three games. Six of their nine goals came against Wales, while three came against Iran. The USA vs. England match ended in a scoreless draw. Senegal defeated Qatar and Ecuador after beginning the season with a 0-2 loss to the Netherlands.
It will not be an easy contest between England and the African champions. They have won a single tournament before, in 1966. Oddly, a well-known team like England has not even reached the finals since then. At FIFA 2018 in Russia, where they ultimately ended fourth, they fell to Croatia in the semifinals and Belgium in the match for third place. This time, though, they hold a substantial score edge. Even though the fans were disappointed with the scoreless draw against the United States, scoring six goals against Iran and three against Wales was no easy task.
A victory versus England would represent the first time Senegal has won three games in a single World Cup. This is their third time competing in the world cup, and they appear to be in good shape. Five of them have already scored in this competition, therefore they are not dependent on a single participant. It is astonishing that they overcame Ecuador 2-1. They will prepare to surprise a large number of fans when they face the European team.
Both teams will be inspired to start their competition strong because England and Senegal have never played each other before. Senegal has won three of its past five games, while England has won two of its last three.
Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice from England are players to keep an eye on, and Ismaila Sarr will perform admirably for the Lions of Teranga.