Senegal nets golden goal

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2002

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Senegal and Spain worked overtime Sunday to get into the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Actually, the Spaniards had to go beyond that, beating Ireland 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout after a 1-1 tie.

Senegal, the newcomer that stunned defending champion France in the opener, advanced when Henri Camara scored his second goal of the game in the 14th minute of extra time for a 2-1 victory over Sweden. That made the Dakar Lions the second team from Africa to make it so far -- Cameroon did it in 1990.

''We knew that it would be a very hard match, a match of warriors,'' said El Hadji Diouf, the African player of the year. ''We showed once more that we are a band of brothers, a band of friends.''

Those brothers, those friends, will meet Japan or Turkey on Saturday.

Spain earned a place against South Korea or Italy when Iker Casillas made two saves in the penalty shootout. He also stopped a penalty kick in regulation, but was beaten by Robbie Keane in the 90th minute on yet another penalty kick.

Spain appeared to have its quarterfinal berth locked up on Fernando Morientes' 8th-minute goal. But just before the end of regulation time, Fernando Hierro was caught holding down Niall Quinn by the shirt in the penalty area during a free kick.

Keane made it 1-1 with a penalty shot, then the Spaniards survived 30 minutes of extra time with just 10 men. They had used their limit of three substitutes before David Albelda was hurt.

Casillas, who stopped Ian Harte's penalty kick in the second half, blocked shots by David Connolly and Kevin Kilbane in the shootout. Hierro and Baraja scored for Spain before Gaizka Mendieta won it with a shot down the middle as keeper Shay Given dived right.

''Our team showed its strength by holding on despite playing with only 10 to win,'' Casillas said. ''We deserved the win, and we're going to celebrate it.''

The Irish were having none of any negative talk.

''What I've seen during the whole World Cup is a spirit I've never seen on a side before,'' Quinn said. ''It's very important to take positive stuff from what's happened here.''

The United States could make another positive statement Monday against regional rival Mexico in Jeonju, South Korea. The winner gets Germany on Friday.

Also Monday, it was Brazil against Belgium in Kobe, Japan.

For Senegal's game-winning goal in Oita, Japan, Camara sent an 18-yard left-footed kick caroming in off the goalpost after taking a back-heeled pass from Pape Thiaw. He also scored the equalizer in the 37th minute after Henrik Larsson put Sweden ahead in the 11th with his third goal of the World Cup.

''I think we have really done something by beating France, tying with Denmark and beating Sweden,'' coach Bruno Metsu said.

Back home in Dakar, flag-draped Senegalese ran into churches to offer thanks.

''This is a great day for Senegal, and a great day for Africa. The boys are great!'' cried Pape Demba Sow, one of thousands of celebrants who screamed, cheered, sang and waved flags from cars and scooters.

Sweden came within inches of winning in overtime when Anders Svensson spun away from a defender and hit the post with his shot.

''I tried to forget about it quick and try to score on the next chance,'' Svensson said. ''But unfortunately they got one that hit the post and went in.''

At least the Swedes avoided the agony of a shootout loss. Ireland could not.

Coach Mick McCarthy told his players before the shootout, ''Whatever happens, we've had a wonderful World Cup, no recriminations, no criticism from me at all.''

Also already in the quarterfinals is England.

Meanwhile Sunday, a 27-year-old Japanese man died of a heart attack just before the Senegal-Sweden match. Shinya Itano collapsed near a staircase at Oita's Big Eye Stadium and was found by a doctor attending the game. Itano, a Tokyo native, had undergone heart surgery in the past.



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