- The Washington Times - Monday, June 17, 2002

OITA, Japan (AP) Senegal didn't come to the World Cup for a vacation. It came for a trophy.
Thanks to Henri Camara's overtime goal, the tournament newcomers extended their stay, beating Sweden 2-1 yesterday. The Africans are in the quarterfinals, where they will meet either Japan or Turkey on Saturday in Osaka.
"We're not here to be tourists," said Camara, who had Senegal's other goal. "We won today and now we must forget this and concentrate on the upcoming match."
Their victory will be difficult to forget, however. They survived a shot off the goalpost by Sweden's Anders Svensson earlier in the extra session. And they overcame injuries and suspensions to knock out the Swedes, who won the toughest first-round group.
"We showed again we can go to the end," African player of the year El Hadji Diouf said. "We knew that it would be a very hard match, a match of warriors. We showed once more that we are a band of brothers, a band of friends."
Senegal forward Pape Thiaw set up the winning goal when he back-heeled a pass to Camara, who was streaking toward the goal. Camara made a brilliant move around defender Johan Mjallby just outside the penalty box and put a low left-footed shot past keeper Magnus Hedman and off the goalpost.
It was just the second golden goal to decide a World Cup match. In 1998, host France beat Paraguay 1-0 when Laurent Blanc scored in the 113th minute.
"It was a very difficult match to win," said defender Ferdinand Coly, who took over as Senegal's defensive leader after a second-half injury to mainstay Papa Malick Diop. "The hot weather made us exhausted."
Still, to the incessant African drumbeats at Big Eye Stadium, speed and individual creativity won out over mere organization.
"We feel pretty empty after a match like this," Swedish co-coach Lars Lagerback said. "We had a good start. It feels a little bit tougher when you try so hard in the second half and a little bit after that."
Svensson almost won the game for Sweden five minutes into overtime with a nifty spin move in the penalty box followed by a hard shot that hit the outside of the post.
Three minutes later, Diouf nearly ended the game, wiggling through the Swedish defense and getting past Olof Mellberg before sending his shot wide.
Then Camara made his brilliant move around Mjallby for the winner, making the Dakar Lions only the second African team to get this far. Cameroon made the quarterfinals in 1990.

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