Ismaila Sarr scored both goals, including a superb long-range strike, as Senegal beat Congo 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier.

The Watford winger opened the scoring in fantastic style in the 13th minute yesterday, cutting inside off the left before thundering an unstoppable curling strike into the net.

It took only ten minutes for Sarr to double his and his team’s tally as Senegal, who had already secured their place in the final stage of qualifying, finished their Group H campaign unbeaten with five wins from six games.

On-loan Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg was an unused substitute as Sweden saw their hopes of automatic qualification for Qatar ended by a 1-0 defeat against Spain.

The Swedes’ quest to reach Qatar will now rest on the play-offs after they were sunk by Alvaro Morata’s 86th-minute goal.

Another Hornets goalkeeper whose hopes of appearing in the finals will be decided by the play-offs is Daniel Bachmann.

Austria face Moldova in their final Group F qualifier tonight and can finish no higher than third in Group F.

However, they are set to make the play-offs by virtue of winning their Nations League group and other nations securing a top-two slot in their qualification groups.

Craig Cathcart’s qualification campaign is also due to end tonight when Northern Ireland take on Italy in Belfast.

The hosts’ qualification hopes have already ended but outcome will have a big say in deciding who finishes top of Group C, with Italy currently in the automatic qualification slot on goal difference from second-placed Switzerland.