2018 FIFA WC: Senegal ends pre-World Cup campaign on high, beat South Korea 2-0

Grödig, Austria (PANA) - Senegal, one of the five African nations going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, ended their preparation for football's biggest festival on a happy note, defeating South Korea on Monday in their fifth and final pre-World Cup friendly.

In the match played at the Untersberg-Arena in Grödig, Austria, which has capacity for only 4,128 fans, the African nation ensured they will head to Russia on the back of a win after Moussa Konate added to Kim Young-gwon's own-goal, to win 2-0.

A cross from Alfred Ndiaye was turned into his own net by Kim shortly after the hour mark.

Substitute Konate wrapped up victory as he scored Senegal's second from the penalty spot later on.

The Senegalese, returning to the world cup after 16 years, have now played five friendlies, drawing three, losing one and winning one; 23 March – Uzbekistan (drew 1-1); 27 March – Bosnia-Herzegovina (drew 0-0); 31 May – Luxembourg (drew 0-0); 8 June – Croatia (lost 2-1), and 11 June South Korea (won 2-0)

When they appeared in their maiden World Cup in 2002, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, Senegal reached the round of 16 after beating Sweden 2-1 (Henri Camara scoring both goals on 16 June 2002). Six days later they lost to Turkey 1-0 and ended that campaign as 7th spot overall.

Senegal could prove to be dark horses because they have a good chance of progressing further than any other African side.

The African nation are considered one of the early favourites in Group G where they will take on Poland, Japan and Colombia at Russia 2018.
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12 juin 2018 05:31:59

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