|Sweden||1 - 2||Senegal|
|(HT: 1 - 1)|
|After extra time. Normal time score 1-1.|
Oita Stadium Big Eye
Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)
|1||16 Jun 2002||Henrik Larsson||Goal||First Half||11||H|
|2||16 Jun 2002||Henri Camara||Goal||First Half||37||A|
|3||16 Jun 2002||Marcus Allback||Player Out||Second Half||20||H|
|4||16 Jun 2002||Andreas Andersson||Substitute In||Second Half||20||H|
|5||16 Jun 2002||Pape Malick Diop||Player Out||Second Half||21||A|
|6||16 Jun 2002||Habib Beye||Substitute In||Second Half||21||A|
|7||16 Jun 2002||Ferdinand Coly||Yellow Card||Second Half||28||A|
|8||16 Jun 2002||Niclas Alexandersson||Player Out||Second Half||31||H|
|9||16 Jun 2002||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Substitute In||Second Half||31||H|
|10||16 Jun 2002||Pape Thiaw||Yellow Card||Extra Time #1||4||A|
|11||16 Jun 2002||Magnus Svensson||Player Out||Extra Time #1||9||H|
|12||16 Jun 2002||Mattias Jonson||Substitute In||Extra Time #1||9||H|
|13||16 Jun 2002||Henri Camara||Goal||Extra Time #1||14||A|
|Senegal became the first African side to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for 12 years when a golden goal strike from Henri Camara saw the minnows snatch a 2-1 win over Sweden. Camara pounced 14 minutes into extra-time, bagging his second goal of an even match when he danced past Swedish skipper Johan Mjallby before drilling a low shot past Magnus Hedman from the edge of the area. Victory means Senegal are the first African side to qualify for the last eight since the Roger Milla-inspired 'Indomitable Lions' of Cameroon at the 1990 finals in Italy. Senegal - who scored a stunning 1-0 upset of champions France in the World Cup's opening match - now face either Turkey or Japan on Saturday in Osaka for a place in the semi-finals. Camara, who like the rest of the Senegalese side plays his football in France, was delighted with the result.
"The coach told me 'only winning counts'. So we went out and won and there's nothing more to say," Camara said.
"We're not here on holiday, so we will try to forget today's match and move on to playing either Japan or Turkey.
"We are going to party tonight and then concentrate on the next match," the Sedan player added.
Senegal's French coach Bruno Metsu - the man credited with transforming the 'Lions of Teranga' into the rising power of African football - said he had sympathy with the Swedes.
"It must be hard for Sweden to accept a defeat like this after their earlier performances," said Metsu, referring to the Swedes' first round where they topped the 'Group of Death'.
"Sweden had gone 16 games without losing so we're happy to have ended their streak. I have a great team in the making here after our victories over France and Sweden - they didn't just come by chance."
Metsu said he didn't mind who his team faced in the quarter-finals.
"We would be happy to play Japan in Japan but coming up against Turkey will be very different. I'm optimistic that we can go forward to the semi-finals," he said.
Camara's winner came after the sides finished an even match locked at 1-1, Henrik Larsson putting the Swedes ahead on 11 minutes before Camara scored his first just before half-time. Each side created scoring opportunities in extra-time, Sweden's Anders Svensson coming closest with a shot from eight yards which crashed off a post. At the other end Liverpool-bound African footballer of the year El-Hadji Diouf squandered a gilt-edged opening when he burst into the penalty area only to hook a low shot well wide. Earlier Senegal had begun the match poorly, Sweden dominating the early play and taking a deserved lead through Larsson's header. The Swedes had gone close moments earlier, midfielder Tobias Linderoth unleashing a meaty 25-yarder that Senegal keeper Tony Sylva gathered. The Scandinavians created another good opening through Olof Mellberg on four minutes. A cleverly worked free-kick put the Aston Villa player in down the right hand side. Mellberg's shot was saved well by Sylva, and Magnus Svensson rolled the rebound well wide. Senegal thought they had equalised on 25 minutes, when Diouf's shot fell to Pape Bouba Diop, who tapped in from close range. The effort was disallowed however in the tightest of offside decisions. Sweden had legitimate claims for a penalty waved away by Paraguayan referee Ubaldo Aquino towards the end of the half. Senegal were lucky to escape after Omar Daf bundled over Marcus Allback. Eight minutes from time Senegal levelled with a marvellous goal from Camara, controlling on his chest, jinking to the right past Mjallby and drilling in a low shot past Hedman. The second half followed the same pattern, with both sides struggling to gain control. Sweden had a chance to seal it in the final 10 minutes when substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic beat Ferdinand Coly down the right flank and cut inside a sliding tackle from Aliou Cisse. But instead of crossing to an unmarked Larsson at the back post, Ibrahimovic went for the glory and saw his shot blocked by Sylva. Ibrahimovic again missed an effort in the dying minutes of the half when he failed to react as a cross was whipped in from the left hand side, sending the match into extra-time.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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