Ecuador 1-2 Senegal: Player ratings as Koulibaly fires Lions of Teranga into knockouts
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Senegal booked their spot in the last 16 of the Qatar World Cup with a victory over Ecuador in their final Group A game.

Ismaila Sarr tapped home a penalty for the opener after winning the spot kick.

Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo was then left unmarked at the back post after a well-worked corner with an easy job of prodding into the net.

Just minutes later, captain Kalidou Koulibaly volleyed home for the winner to knock Ecuador out and take his nation into the knockouts.

  • Ecuador

Hernan Galindez - 6

The Ecuador goalkeeper was left helpless for both goals including the penalty kick where he was completely wrong-footed by Sarr.

Otherwise, Galindez didn't have a lot to do as the opposition continuously placed their shots off-target.

Pervis Estupinan - 7

The Brighton left-back was one of La Tri's better players, doing his best to drive the ball forwards from deep with marauding runs.

Piero Hincapie - 5

He clumsily bundled over Sarr for the penalty.

The Bayer Leverkusen defender showed good distribution on the ball but was left wanting defensively.

Felix Torres - 6

He provided the assist for their equaliser as he nodded the ball into the path of Caicedo from the corner.

However, the ball bounced off his shoulder and onto the foot of Koulibaly for the Senegal winner.

Like Hincapie, he will be disappointed with the number of chances they conceded, especially in the first half.

Angelo Preciado - 6

Caught out by the bouncing ball in the lead-up to the penalty, Preciado did not add enough going forwards to make up for his defensive frailties and was eventually substituted.

Moises Caicedo - 7

The goalscorer for El Tri, Brighton's midfielder had a good game once again and can leave the tournament with his head held high after some decent performances in Qatar.

Carlos Gruezo - 5 

He was not up to it in midfield and was hooked at half-time as manager Gustavo Alfaro changed shape for a more attacking approach.

Alan Franco - 6 

He saw very little of the ball in the first half and like Gruezo was substituted at the halfway stage.

Enner Valencia - 6

The captain was not able to replicate the promising performances of the past two matches.

At 33 this could well be his final World Cup as his Ecuador side wave goodbye to the competition.

Michael Estrada - 6

Estrada was somewhat unfortunate not to score with a stooping header which only just bounced wide, but he was substituted for Reasco midway through the second half.

Gonzalo Plata - 7

The sort of bright performance most would have expected from the Real Valladolid winger.

Plata's drilled shot could have been the chance to win it for El Tri but otherwise looked very dangerous as he dribbled down the right wing.


Jeremy Sarmiento - 6 

Tip-toed well into the Senegal penalty box to create the chance for Plata.

The Spanish-born winger was brought on at half-time to inject some extra flair into the side and did that to some degree.

Jose Cifuentes - 6

Joined Sarmiento as a halfway point change, the LAFC midfielder did not have the desired impact that Alfaro would have hoped for.

He had a long-range effort easily saved by Mendy.

Djorkaeff Reasco - 5

He made little difference after being brought on midway through the second half.

Jackson Porozo - 5

Not enough time to make an impact.

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  • Senegal

Edouard Mendy - 6

Not much to do for the Chelsea goalkeeper, but he reacted well to the efforts he was needed for.

Youssouf Sabaly - 7

A solid defensive performance from the Real Betis man, who dealt with the wide threat fairly well.

He went down after a clash of heads with opposite number Preciado.

Kalidou Koulibaly - 8 

Defensively sound, but also a threat in the opposite box.

What an occasion for him to grab his first goal for his nation too.

Incredible from the Chelsea man.

Abdou Diallo - 6

The RB Leipzig man was tested throughout but beaten in the air by Torres as the Ecuador man glanced towards the back post for their goal.

Ismail Jakobs - 7

He created a chance for Gueye early on in the game.

It was a great showing from the Monaco defender who was run at relentlessly by Plata.

Idrissa Gana Gueye - 8

An excellent performance from the Everton midfielder who swung in the deflected free-kick for the winner.

He could have scored after just three minutes as he placed the ball just wide of the post after Jakobs had teed him up.

Pape Gueye - 7

Part of a well-oiled Senegal midfield machine, Gueye kept possession well whilst acting as good cover for the more offensive players to foray forwards.

Pathe Ciss - 6 

A late substitute in the win over Qatar, Ciss was given the nod from the off in this must-win clash.

He was tidy and looked a decent threat as he aided overlaps on the right wing.

Iliman Ndiaye - 7

A promising first start for the EFL Championship's joint top-scorer.

He curled a shot just wide after jinking in between two defenders early in the match. 

Ismaila Sarr - 9*

It is unbelievable how the winger still plays in the second tier of English football.

The Watford man pulled out a terrific performance to terrorise the opposition defence, winning and scoring the penalty to open the scoring.

He was superb for Senegal.

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Boulaye Dia - 6

He dragged his shot wide after nine minutes in a disappointing showing after scoring his first of the tournament last time out.


Ahmadou Bamba Dieng - 6

He was only given 16 minutes from the bench after scoring in the Qatar win.

Bamba Dieng slotted into the midfield for the final few minutes.

Nampalys Mendy - 6

The Leicester City midfielder came on alongside Bamba Dieng. 

Pape Abou Cisse - 5
A very brief cameo for the centre-back.