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Senegal advanced to the knockout rounds of the FIFA World Cup after edging Ecuador 2-1 in the final Group A match on Tuesday.

The Lions of Teranga had to win in order to prolong their stay in Qatar as a defeat or a draw would see Ecuador advance.

Senegal went into the lead via a Ismaila Sarr penalty but Moises Caicedo equalised in the midway through the second-half but three minutes later captain Kalidou Koulibaly scored the all-important winning goal.

Meanwhile, Cody Gakpo scored his third goal of the World Cup as the Netherlands defeated host nation Qatar 2-0 on Tuesday to advance from Group A with the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations champions.

Gakpo struck for the third game in a row to give the Dutch a first-half lead at Al Bayt Stadium before Frenkie de Jong added a second shortly after half-time.

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