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Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Diouf makes the difference
El-Hadji Diouf
El-Hadji Diouf showed the form that has made Senegal dark horses
Ecuador 0-1 Senegal

Senegal's top striker El-Hadji Diouf was the star of the show as the Dakar Lions triumphed over Ecuador in their last warm-up game before the World Cup.

Diouf showed great touch throughout the game and set up the winning goal.

He created panic in the Ecuador defence with a well-placed cross that was turned into his own goal by defender Augusto Porozo on 69 minutes.

The goal came only a minute after Diouf could have opened the scoring himself.

He feigned to go outside before cutting back inside and curled a shot from long-range past Cevallos that bounced off the post.

After the match Senegal boss Bruno Metsu singled the Lens player out for praise.

"He can make the difference," said Senegal coach Bruno Metsu.

"The team worked for him and it showed."

Metsu was also happy to have finally achieved a victory in Senegal's warm-up period, which had so far produced poor showings.

"This was a good test to see how far we stand," he said.

Both teams fielded most of their top players, but both lacked determination and stamina as they strolled through the match.

For their part, Ecuador's best chance came in the 10th minute when Ivan Kaviedes was released on the left flank.

Senegal goalkeeper Sylva stopped his first attempt and Kaviedes' rebound bounced off the post.

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