Following their 2-1 victory over Ecuador in their final Group A match in Qatar on Tuesday, the Teranga Lions of Senegal have matched the accomplishment accomplished by Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
Senegal needed an easy victory over Ecuador to have a chance of moving on to the knockout round.
On 44 minutes, Ismaila Sar scored the game’s first goal from the penalty spot, but Ecuador was leveled by Moises Caicedo.
But Kalidou Koulibaly gave Senegal the lead just two minutes after Ecuador had tied the score.
Senegal’s victory ended a streak of 21 games without a victory, making them the first African team to defeat a South American team at the FIFA World Cup since Cameroon defeated Colombia in 1990. (four draws, 17 defeats).
Senegal last advanced to the knockout stage during their debut in 2002.