WORLD CUP 2022 LIVE: Reaction from England’s victory over Senegal as they now prepare to take on France in the quarter finals… while Japan gear up to take on Croatia and Brazil face South Korea
Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for all the latest news and updates from Qatar after England’s last-16 victory over Senegal and ahead of two last-16 games including Brazil’s clash with South Korea.
Did enjoy reading a tweet this morning that compared French President Emmanuel Macron to Paul the Octopus, who famously ‘predicted’ results correctly at the 2010 World Cup.
Macron is similarly being lauded for his foresight after telling French newspaper Le Parisien on Saturday that France would beat Poland 3-1.
‘Lewandowski will score one, just like Mbappe or maybe Giroud, who wants to make history,’ Macron told the newspaper. ‘It’s a joker for the French team’s third goal.’
Fair enough on the score prediction, but his choice of goalscorers felt quite a safe bet.
Emmanuel Macron is the new Paul the Octopus – he predicted the following in an interview with Le Parisien:
🔴 France 3-1 Poland
🔴 Kylian Mbappé & Olivier Giroud score
🔴 Robert Lewandowski scores
Across the political divide, Labour leader Keir Starmer posted a photo of his set-up for the England game, with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown among those watching on.
It has been noted by some that the Scot might have been less enthused by England’s seamless progress into the quarter-finals than others.
What a game @England.
Huge match next weekend against France.
But is anyone else starting to believe that it might be coming home…?#ENGvsSEN pic.twitter.com/HBUjXF3xOo
Watching the match in Leeds with @lisanandy @TracyBrabin @Keir_Starmer & @GordonBrown
Go England!! 🏴 pic.twitter.com/rqmSS9zxvW
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been criticised on social media for his praise for Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup so far.
Sunak tweeted minutes before England’s knockout tie with Senegal, writing ‘Hats off to Qatar for hosting an incredible World Cup so far. The group stages will be remembered as one of the all-time greats. Come on England keep the dream alive.’
Several messages followed in response to criticise the ‘tone deaf’ message, with posts highlighting the various controversies blighting the tournament, in particular the treatment of migrant workers and the crackdown on support for LGBTQ rights.
You can read more on the Sunak’s tweet below
Mbappe’s World Cup statistics certainly speak for themselves, with brace yesterday meaning he has scored more World Cup goals than both Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Maradona.
Only 13 players have scored more World Cup goals than the nine already plundered by the 23-year-old, while his five goals in four games in Qatar puts him into the outright lead in the golden boot race.
Belle victoire et qualification pour le quart de finale 🇫🇷💪🏽… pic.twitter.com/ps3B4PrTQB
There was something inevitable when seeing Mbappe in yards of space yesterday, moments before he brutally smashed in his first goal against Poland.
His curling second into the top corner in added time was the icing on the cake.
Mbappe’s efforts certainly add to Matt Barlow’s view that the Frenchman is ‘perhaps the most destructive footballer in the world’.
Amid the England jubilation from last night, a certain Kylian Mbappe comes speeding into view with the 23-year-old inspiring France to a 3-1 win over Poland with two goals last night.
The PSG star will be giving Gareth Southgate a few sleepless night’s ahead of the quarter-final on Saturday at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Click below to re-live all the action through Ian Herbert’s match report.
Senegal’s progression to the knock-out stage in Qatar had come despite the loss of Sadio Mane pre-tournament to a knee injury.
The Bayern Munich star praised the displays of his team-mates in an Instagram post, ending with a declaration that the team would go in search of more trophies in the future.
Delight for one nation, disappointment for another. The Senegalese FA have posted a defiant message following the Africa Cup of Nations champions’ World Cup exit last night, saying ‘Thank you all for the support. We will come back stronger.’
Qatar 2022 has marked the second time Senegal have reached the knock-out stage of the World Cup, having also reached the quarter-finals back in 2002.
Merci à tous pour le soutien. Nous reviendrons plus fort. #TeamSenegal pic.twitter.com/yFnMF4TuZU
A major downside from the evening from an England perspective was the news that Raheem Sterling had been forced to miss the match after armed burglars broke into his mansion while his partner and young children were inside.
Sterling understandably travelled home to be with his family after the ordeal, with England manager Gareth Southgate saying he would not put pressure on him to return given the situation.
You can read more below about how fellow England stars are understood to be examining how to increase their own levels of personal protection.
Perhaps wisely, Bellingham deflected the praise for his display elsewhere, demanding that more respect be given to fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson.
Henderson’s third goal for his country set England on the way to victory after Senegal had impressed in the opening stages of the last-16 tie.
Bellingham expressed amazement at some of the ‘rubbish’ said about the England captain, with social media having been typically divided when it was announced the 32-year-old would start yesterday’s match.
Put some respect on his name.🤝🏽 @JHenderson pic.twitter.com/XKe2uWAuIf
Team-mates are always likely to lavish praise upon you, but you have done well if Roy Keane is lauding your display.
Speaking on ITV’s coverage last night, Keane insisted that Bellingham is going to be a superstar, adding ‘I’ve not seen a young midfielder perform like that for years’.
High praise indeed for the Borussia Dortmund man.
Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka led to the praise for Jude Bellingham’s display after the game, with the former claiming the 19-year-old is one of the ‘most gifted players I’ve ever seen’.
While Saka claimed Bellingham is not just the future but the present as well.
Seems remarkable that Foden and Saka are talking like veterans about their younger team-mate at just 22 and 21 themselves.
You can read more on Foden and Saka’s views on Bellingham below
It was a nervy opening 30 minutes for England last night but then they started firing with goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka.
Also special praise to Jude Bellingham who had an incredible game in midfield for the Three Lions.
Click below to re-live all the action through Martin Samuel’s match report.
Welcome all to Sportsmail’s live blog where we will provide you with all the latest news and updates from the World Cup – on the morning after England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal.
All attentions now turn to France for the Three Lions but there are some cracking games in store as the last-16 continues today.
Japan take on Croatia while Brazil face South Korea on what should be another cracking day of football.
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