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37th Minute, Henri Camara, Senegal v Sweden, 2002 World Cup Second Round


Senegal caused a sensation in their first World Cup finals. A few months before the finals they had lost the African Nations Cup final on penalties to Cameroon so they headed to Japan/Korea full of optimism and confident of their chances. And so it proved when they opened the tournament with a stunning 1-0 win over World and European Champions France. In their next match they earned a valuable draw against Denmark which meant they just required a point from their final game against Uruguay. In a remarkable match Senegal led 3-0 at half-time and appeared to be heading through as group winners. However Uruguay produced a stunning comeback and a 3-3 draw coupled with Denmark beating France left Senegal in second place and a tie against Sweden who had finished above England and Argentina.

Sweden came flying out the blocks and were soon leading 1-0 via a Henrik Larsson header from a corner. Senegal hit back quickly and had a goal disallowed.

The Goal  

Senegal find a deserved equaliser just before half-time through Henri Camara’s fine control and finish…

What Happened Next?

Senegal advanced to the quarter finals thanks to another Henri Camara goal, this time it was a Golden one in extra-time, a quite brilliant move too. They became only the second African nation ever to reach the last eight. That would be the end of their journey though as they failed to get past Turkey in the quarter finals falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat where they put in a rather poor and lacklustre performance.

The 2002 World Cup remains Senegal’s only appearance in the finals.


A diagram of the Senegal Golden Goal here…

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