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Pulse of The Day: Chief Security Officer Koulibably inspires fantastic Teranga Lions

Matchday 9 was all about African champions Senegal and that impressive performance against Ecuador

Captain fantastic Koulibaly celebrates.

Four more teams joined already-qualified France and Brazil to book their spots in the knockout party on matchday nine on Tuesday.

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The quartet, the Netherlands, USA, England and Senegal became the latest countries to qualify for the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Nine goals were scored across four matches in Groups A and B, it's the least productive day at the ongoing World Cup, with an average of 2.25 goals per game.

But the day belonged to African champions, the Teranga Lions of Senegal, who are the first African side to seal their passage to the round of 16.

Former Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is fondly referred to as the 'Chief security officer' at his new club, Chelsea in the Premier League.

But while things haven't really sailed at Stamford Bridge since he move, the 31-year-old remains a leader for his nation, Senegal.

On Tuesday, at the Khalifa International Stadium, Koulibaly opened another chapter as the leader of the Teranga Lions.

Going into the 2022 World Cup, the towering centre-back had never scored a goal in 45 caps for the Lions of Teranga.

That has changed in Qatar after he fired the African champions to knockout stages of the competition for he second time in their history.

Koulibaly was the hero as Senegal defeated a stubborn Ecuador 2-1 to join finish second behind the Netherlands in Group A.

His goal yesterday arrived three minutes after Moises Caicedo had cancelled Ismaila Sarr's first-half opener for the Lions. It was his first goal for his country and what a time and place to get it.

In leading his nation once again from the front, the Chief Security officer is the for Day nine at the FIFA World Cup.

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