Senegal topped the Netherlands 3-1
The result secured their place in the knockout phase
U-17 World Cup debutants unblemished in Brazil
Senegal continued their fine run of form at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019™ by qualifying for the Round of 16 via a 3-1 win over European holders the Netherlands at Estadio Kleber Andrade on Wednesday. Forward Pape Sarr registered his second and third goals of the tournament in the second half to help complete the Senegal comeback after Naouful Bannis gave the Oranje an early lead.
The Young Lions of Teranga haven't looked like a team on their maiden voyage at the U-17 global finals. Between their two opening matches they've outscored the Netherlands and USA 6-0 in the second half. Sarr struck the equaliser only 21 seconds into the second half, and his penalty goal in the 87th minute ended up the match-winner. Substitute Aliou Balde tacked on a third five minutes into stoppage time.
Bannis' 10th-minute goal gave the Netherlands early confidence. Despite conceding twice in the final 15 minutes, the attacking play looked even, with the Oranje clipping the post in the 79th minute. Naci Unuvar was the Netherlands attacker who most consistently troubled Senegal. Though their performance improved in their second match, a second loss in as many games surely comes as unexpected for the European champions.
Group D [[flag-sen-xs]] Senegal-Japan [[flag-jpn-xs]] (Vitoria/Cariacica, 20:00 local time) [[flag-ned-xs]] Netherlands-USA [[flag-usa-xs]] (Goiania/Serrinha, 20:00 local time)
VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 30: Cheikh Diouf, Amete Faye and Insa Boye of Senegal in the tunnel before the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group D match between Netherlands and Senegal at EstÃ¡dio KlÃ©ber Andrade on October 30, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 30: Souleymane Faye of Senegal takes a shot past Melayro Bogarde of Netherlands during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group D match between Netherlands and Senegal at EstÃ¡dio KlÃ©ber Andrade on October 30, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)