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16 June 2002, 17:49 Seoul - Tokyo


Senegal’s Henri Camara scored two goals, the second being the deciding golden goal that knocked out Sweden in their round-of-16 meeting at Oita Stadium in Japan. The dramatic goal sends Senegal to the quarter-finals, where they will face the winner between Japan and Turkey.

Henri Camara, whose golden goal was just the second in finals history, first equalised for Senegal in the first half after Henrik Larsson had opened the scoring for Sweden. Senegal maintained possession well throughout the match and were led in the attack by El Hadji Diouf, who managed good creative work in the absence of the suspended Khalilou Fadiga. Sweden’s Henrik Larsson, meanwhile, scored a goal but had trouble finding chances without the help of the injured Fredrik Ljungberg.

Match facts

Sweden started the brighter and a well-struck shot from 25 yards from Tobias Linderoth tested early on (3’).

A minute later and Sweden almost went ahead with a well-worked free kick. The ball was spread out right to Olof Mellberg in oceans of space. The defender bore down on goal unchallenged before hitting an accurate right-foot shot which was superbly saved by Tony Sylva’s outstretched boot. Magnus Svensson put the rebound well wide from close in (4’).

Senegal’s responded well as Lamine Diatta sent Pape Thiaw clear with a clipped pass over the Swedish defence but the Strasbourg forward lifted his shot inches over the bar (9’)

But the Scandinavians pressure paid off when a left wing corner was headed in by Henrik Larsson. The Glasgow Celtic player was left completely unmarked in the area and notched his third goal of the tournament (1:0, 11’)

El Hadji Diouf, playing his heart out, was close on two occasions to bring Senegal back level. First, he almost brought a penalty after a mazy run and then his left-foot shot was turned in by Papa Bouba Diop only to see the linesman raise the flag for offside (26’).

Despite the decisions, the Lions of Teranga surged forward in wave after wave of attack. The pressure finally paid off when Diouf’s flick on was chested down by Henri Camara and the midfielder turned and buried a right-foot shot into the corner of Magnus Hedman’s goal (1:1, 37').

As the half drew to a close, Sweden almost snatched the lead back but Anders Svensson’s accurate free-kick was well saved by Sylva diving to his left (42’).

Sweden hit out right at the start of the second half looking to catch the Africans cold. Anders Svensson surged in straight from the kick off to fire a clean shot from just outside the box. Sylva bobbled a bit, but managed to clean up the danger in the end (46’).

Sweden were surely not sitting back as they had in the first, and they nearly put their noses in front with a good volley from Marcus Allback from just inside the box. Sylva was up to the task, but only just (52’).

The Europeans nearly pulled in front again as Allback headed down to Anders Svensson inside the box. The brilliant move came to nothing though as the midfielder’s rocket of a volley sailed well wide of the post (57’).

Senegal nearly hit back on their own as Omar Daf pulled back to Pape Thiaw, but the striker never quite got a good touch on the ball (59’).

The Senegalese never quite found the blistering rhythm that defined their first half, but went close with a Diouf free kick from just outside the box (68’).

And Sweden nearly went ahead yet again as Larsson laid the ball off to Andreas Andersson, but he could only rifle a wicked shot well over Sylva’s crossbar (72’).

In the final quarter hour it was Senegal that put on most of the heat, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic nearly grabbed the vital goal for Sweden as he cut into the box and only just failed to beat Sylva to his near post (80’).

But it wasn’t to be, as the match went to golden goal extra time.

The finals first extra time period began with some early pressure from Senegal, as Thiaw fired a shot over early (92’). A quick volley of Swedish attacks proved mere prelude as Amdy Faye’s rocket dangerously soared over Hedman's crossbar (93’).

Sweden nearly sealed the deal as Larsson’s beautiful chipped pass found Anders Svensson in the box. A quick turn and a good shot had Sylva beaten, but could only splatter against the post (95’).

Diouf’s brilliance nearly turned the match as he put the ball between Andreas Jakobsson’s legs at the edge of the box and slipped in cleanly on goal. In the end, his hard left-footed drive slipped just wide of Hedman’s post (98’).

And the crucial goal came on the end of a stunning bit of genius from the Africans. A lovely back heel from Thiaw found Henri Camara, and after a quick cut, the striker fired his shot off the inside of Hedman’s post to send an entire nation in ecstasy (1:2, 104’)


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