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Key facts ahead of Senegal’s clash with Ecuador



Doha, State of Qatar

• This is Ecuador’s first World Cup match against an African nation.

• Ecuador are aiming to qualify for the knockout phase for the second time in four World Cup appearances. They previously reached the round of 16 in 2006.

• Ecuador are aiming to complete a World Cup group stage without a defeat for the first time.

• Ecuador’s last six FIFA World Cup goals have all been scored by Enner Valencia. He has
scored them in just five World Cup appearances.

• Victory for Senegal would see them record their highest tally of points in a World Cup group, six, beating their previous best of five in 2002.

• Senegal have lost only one of their previous seven international matches against South
American opposition (Win 3; Draw 3). The sole defeat was their 1-0 loss against Colombia in the group stage at Russia 2018.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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