England defeated Senegal 2-0 with the African side not being able to score a single goal as England set up quarter-finals clash with defending champions France.
Jordan Henderson slotted the ball into the back of the net following a brilliant counter-attack. Harry Kane then doubled England’s lead following another great counter-attack from the Three Lions. England started off the second-half from where they left, with Bukayo Saka scoring the team’s third goal to put daylight between them and Senegal.
England took a while to get going at the Al Bayt Stadium, with Senegal missing two gilt-edged chances to take the lead for themselves. before Henderson rolled the ball home to open the scoring just before half-time. Kane went on to double England’s advantage with the final kick of the half to finish off a sweeping counter-attacking move and give themselves some breathing space at the interval.
France defeats Poland 3-1
Kylian Mbappé scored two goals and set up another for Olivier Giroud, giving France a 3-1 victory over Poland and a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday in Doha, Qatar.
The Paris Saint-German forward now has a tournament-leading five goals and the 2018 champions are within three wins of defending their title.
Robert Lewandowski scored from the penalty spot in second-half stoppage time for Poland.
No country has repeated as World Cup champions in six decades — since Brazil achieved the feat by claiming consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962. Italy is the only other nation to have won two straight, in 1934 and 1938.
Argentina beat Australia 2-1
In his 1000th career appearance, Lionel Messi had his best match of the World Cup to book place for Argentina in the quarterfinal against the Netherlands next week.
Despite having a two-goal lead, however, the final moments of the game were far nervier than Argentina would have anticipated. Messi’s moment of brilliance came in the 35th minute, after the first third of the game was managed well by Australia.