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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
Lions in dreamland
Diop turns in celebration after scoring against France
Diop turns in celebration after scoring against France

Senegal coach Bruno Metsu has said his side's victory against France in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup was a "dream."

The Dakar Lions triumphed with a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Pape Bouba Diop.

"We had some luck today we are very very happy with this," Metsu said.

"It's like a dream - not a miracle though."

And he said that despite the historic victory, there was still much work for his side to do.

Senegal celebrate their goal against France
Senegal celebrated their goal with a dance

"We are past one step but there are two games to come. We have to confirm this result and again play at this level against Denmark and Uruguay.

But despite his injection of realism, he could not deny the amazing achievement of his team.

"It is the biggest moment ever for our team and a big moment for the World Cup," the Frenchman said.

"This is a big encouragement for all coaches who like me have had difficulties in their career."

Bouba Diop himself admitted he had been delighted to score against the French, joint favourites to lift the tournament.

"It gave me great pleasure to score the goal and beat the world champions," he said.

Meanwhile striker El Hadji Diouf, who set up Diop's goal, dedicated the win to Africa.

"I think that the whole of Africa will be celebrating this result," he said.

"I think that if we carry on like that we have a good chance of progressing."


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URUGUAY 3 -1 2
FRANCE 3 -3 1




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