Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Monday, June 17, 2002

Senegal Beats Sweden on Golden Goal

Henri Camara on Sunday scored an equalizer and then the second golden goal in World Cup history, helping first-timers Senegal beat Sweden 2-1 and book a quarter-final berth.


Henri Camara on Sunday scored an equalizer and then the second golden goal in World Cup history, helping first-timers Senegal beat Sweden 2-1 and book a quarter-final berth.

Camara, who put Senegal back to the game with the 37th minute equalizer, struck the winning goal 104 minutes into the match witha low drive into the net off the post.

It was just the second golden goal to decide a World Cup match.In France four years ago, the hosts beat Paraguay 1-0 on Laurent Blanc's 113th minute goal en route to winning the championship.

Senegal are only the second African nation, after Cameroon in 1990, to reach the last eight. Like Cameroon who beat world champions Argentina in the World Cup opener in 1990, Senegal stunned defending champions France at the start of the tournament.

Senegal will face Japan or Turkey in the quarter-finals.

"We are not here to be tourists," Camara said after the game. "I'm very happy but we will try to forget this match and focus on the next."

Senegal coach Bruno Metsu said his side's was not luck, but rather the birth of a great team.

"It was a completely mad game and I am very happy," he said. "It's not luck, we're seeing the birth of a great team.

"It was a very beautiful match. We made a difficult start by conceding an early goal but Sweden are a very strong team and Argentina and England both broke their teeth on them.

"After our equalizer we settled down. I am thinking about the Swedes, losing like that must be tough. They are a very rigorous side but they didn't think of just defending."

Swedish coach Lars Lagerback said: "I feel sad because we warmed up in the second half and I feel we had the best chances.

"We didn't play that well defensively for a period during the first half but we improved in the second half and we had more chances and that's why it feels hard to lose."

Henrik Larsson, who scored his third goal of the World Cup, gave Sweden the early lead in the 11th minute after heading in a corner kick from left.

Camara made it 1-1, driving a low shot into the bottom corner of the net after shaking off his marker.

Both sides created lots of chances in the final 45 minutes in front of 39,747 at the Big Eye Stadium, but neither side convertedany.


Sweden: (4-4-2): 1-Magnus Hedman; 2-Olof Mellberg, 4-Johan Mjallby, 15-Andreas Jakobsson, 16-Teddy Lucic; 7-Niclas Alexandersson (21-Zlatan Ibrahimovic 76), 8-Anders Svensson,6-Tobias Linderoth, 17-Magnus Svensson (18-Mattias Jonsson 100); 10-Marcus Allback, (22-Andreas Andersson 65), 11-Henrik Larsson

Senegal (5-3-2): 1-Tony Sylva; 17-Ferdinand Coly, 4-Pape MalickDiop (4-Habib Beye 65), 6-Aliou Cisse, 13-Lamine Diatta,2-Omar Daf;19-Pape Bouba Diop, 18-Pape Thiaw, 12-Amdy Faye;7-Henri Camara, 11-El Hadji Diouf

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