Even in the cynical World Cup, there was emotion.
Kalidou Koulibaly pointed to his captain’s armband after scoring Senegal’s winning goal.
On it, he wrote 19, Papa Bouba Diop’s number when he scored Senegal’s most famous goal, the 2002 World Cup winner against France.
Two years ago, Diop died. Koulibaly’s first international goal in 66 appearances meant everything.
Not just Koulibaly. What a win! Senegal deserved to beat Ecuador and advance with Holland from Group A.
They played with discipline, strength, and determination under Aliou Cisse’s calm leadership.
After Ecuador tied it in two minutes, they showed great resilience to win. Without Sadio Mane, their best player.
English players scored the winning goals. Chelsea’s Koulibaly scored the game-winning goal after Ismaila Sarr’s penalty.