Senegal secured its place in the Round of 16 at the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup following a 3-1 come-from-behind win against 10-man Netherlands at the Estadio Kleber Andrade in Cariacica, Brazil, on Wednesday.
Naoufal Bannis opened the scoring after 10 minutes after he found himself unmarked at the far post following a corner to smash the ball into the roof of the net.
Samba Diallo leveled the game with a header three minutes later but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check as Souleymane Faye was judged to have committed a foul in the buildup to the goal.
Five minutes later, Bannis thought he had doubled Netherlands’ lead but the goal was ruled out as Jayden Braaf was offside in the buildup.
Pape Sarr’s deflected long-range strike less than a minute after the restart drew Senegal level.
Sarr grabbed his brace in the 87th minute through a penalty after Melayro Bogarde fouled Mouhamadou Diaw in the penalty box.
Bogarde was subsequently sent off after receiving a second booking for the foul.
The Young Lions of Teranga then sealed the win in the fifth minute of stoppage time after a counterattacking move saw Sarr release Aliou Balde who rounded Dutch goalkeeper Calvin Raatsie to score.
Senegal tops Group D with a maximum six points from two games, two ahead of Japan, whom they will face in their final group game.
Senegal joins Nigeria and Angola as the other African teams to advance to the knockout stage of the Under-17 World Cup.