Jude Bellingham’s playmaking has delivered brilliance in England’s 3-0 win over Senegal to advance to the quarter-finals.
England with their ball movement and counter attack dominated and broke through Senegal’s middle and backline defence anytime they wanted.
Bellingham’s ability to craft something out of nothing with his shifty and direct movement while being able to find his teammates allowed England to push up the pitch and spark their attack on multiple occasions, putting Senegal’s defenders on their back foot.
An example of his shiftiness and accurate passing would be shown when he made his way down the pitch in the 38th minute, being able to shift his body going one-on-one with a Senegal defender and pass the ball to Jordan Henderson for the goal to take the lead.
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Shy off half-time, England start their counterattack with Bellingham driving the team forward before playing in Phil Foden, who would find Harry Kane to score his first goal in this year’s World Cup to smash the ball low and hard past Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, extending the lead 2-0.
Senegal when they were able to keep the ball and play at a faster pace, more opportunities to score were created, however, they were not able to convert.
Their poor finishes near the goal would also hurt their defence, allowing England to create more opportunities to dominate.
England at times in this game failed to extend the lead, going too fast for their liking and rushing to score as many goals as they possibly could, often turning the ball over and putting their defence in bad situations.
In the 57th minute, Kane gets involved in the build-up before the magical assist from Foden, who beat a defender before slipping the ball through another’s legs and toward Bukayo Saka, who calmly lifts it over the outstretched Mendy.
With England advancing, they will play previous World Cup winners France in the Quarter Final, who beat Poland 3-1 in the game before.
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