Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of the Qatar vs Senegal World Cup Group A match from the Al Thumama Stadium.
Senegal beats Qatar 3-1 and the Lions’ clinch their first win of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Qatar’s World Cup dream is all but over after the loss. If the Netherlands can prevent a loss against Ecuador in the Group B match later today, Qatar will be out of the World Cup. It will also be the only host nation apart from South Africa, failing to qualify for the knockouts.
Qatar does well to regain possession in the middle of the park. Ali does well to lose his marker with a drop of the shoulder and goes for goal himself by taking a shot from distance. His effort however, is nowhere near the target.
Sabaly swings a ball inside the box from the right flank but Barsham gets a solid punch to clear the ball.
Six added minutes at the end of the first-half!!
Qatar works out a short corner and Abdelkarim surprises everyone by going for a shot from distance. It is not a bad effort by the player as the ball whisks past the post.
Booking: Senegal’s Ciss is the latest player to see the yellow card.
GOOOALLLL!!! SENEGAL SCORES ITS THIRD!! IT IS BAMBA DIENG!! Ndiaye with a wonderful cutback from the right which finds Dieng. Dieng loses Koukhi as he makes his run and finds the net with his first-time shot past a diving Barsham.
Qatar subs: IN- Albayati, Salman OUT-Miguel, Ahmed
GOOOALLLLLL!! QATAR SCORES ITS FIRST EVER WORLD CUP GOAL!! IT IS MUNTARI!! Mohammad swings a wonderful cross from the right. This time, his cross finds Muntari who rises above everyone and finds the net. Mendy was a mere spectator as the goal happened. A moment of history for Qatar.
Senegal sub: IN- Sarr, Cisse OUT- Mendy, Jakobs
Senegal sub: IN- Ndiaye, Dieng OUT- Sarr, Diedhiou
Qatar sub: IN- Muntari OUT- Al-Haydos
Mohammad makes a good run on the right and squares a low cross in the middle for Ahmed. He backheels the ball to the far-post but none of his teammates are behind him.
Qatar sub: IN- Hatem OUT- Boudiaf
Save- A world-class stop by Mendy to keep his clean sheet. Madibo finds Mohammed with a good cross from the left. Mohammed, who gets his foot to the ball, thought he had scored Qatar’s first World Cup goal but Mendy shows his top-notch reflexes to palm the ball away from point-blank range.
Sabaly and Sarr play a one-two between them with the latter swinging a cross inside the box. Gueye was waiting in the middle but the ball does not reach him.
Senegal sub: IN- Ciss OUT- Diatta
Afif finds Ali with a snappy pass from the left flank. Ali goes for a low shot, trying to find the bottom-left corner, but Mendy gets down well to make the save.
Abdelkarim goes for goal from distance and for a moment, the crowd thought that was in. It was a good shot by the player. Mendy not happy with his defenders and calls for more protection.
Diedhiou tries a first-time shot at goal from a cross played from the right. But, it is blocked and the attack ends for Senegal.
Afif delivers a good ball inside the box from a Qatar freekick. There is a melee inside the box and Senegal cannot clear its lines. There was a brief chance for Abdelkarim to take a shot but he could bring the ball under control.
Booking: Senegal’s Ismail Jakobs sees yellow minutes after assisting Diedhiou for the second goal.
GOOOALLL!! SENEGAL DOUBLES IT LEAD!! DIEDHIOU SCORES!! Jakobs with a pinpoint cross from a corner that found Diedhiou’s head. Diedhiou positioned himself well and found the net with a glancing header. Barsham had no chance to save that.
Senegal starts the second-half with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Boulaye Dia goal.
Boulaye Dia’s goal keeps Senegal in a 1-0 lead at the break!!
Qatar’s intensity has gone down as the first-half is nearing an end. Senegal has been solid since the goal.
Sarr is released down the left with a lovely through ball. Sarr does well to keep the ball in play and swing a cross in the middle of the box. However, it is an easy collect for Barsham.
Seven minutes added at the end of the first-half!!
GOOOALLLL!! SENEGAL SCORES!! IT IS BOULAYE DIA!! Koukhi could not clear his lines from a Diatta cross from the left. The ball bounces and falls kindly for Dia who lashes the ball inside the net with a low shot.
A sloppy bit of play by Barsham as he held on to the ball too long and almost lost possession. Diatta was dangerously close to the proceedings but luckily no harm comes from the mixup.
Sarr with a good chance to shoot at goal from inside the box from a well-constructed Senegal attack. But he cannot get away his shot on time as Barsham collects the ball.
Booking: Boulaye Dia becomes the first Senegal player to see a yellow in the match.
Sabaly goes for a long-distance shot on the volley but it is not on target as Barsham sees the ball go out for a goalkick.
Sarr does well brushing off his marker. He had the chance to take a shot at goal but Barsham got to the ball before him and collected it to thwart any danger.
Idrissa Gana Gueye goes a shot from diatance. It was a hard-hitting grounded shot but not on target.
Senegal has definitely been the more attacking team till now but Qatar has been disciplined with its defending till now.
Booking: Qatar’s Ismail Mohammad sees the first yellow card of the match.
With the first quarter of the match over, Senegal is dominating possession with 62% of the ball.
Diatta gets past his marker and shoots at goal from the left. However, Barsham makes an easy save at the near-post.
Afif delivers a searching ball inside the Senegal box but none of the Maroon shirts could get decent contact with it. Senegal’s backline clear the danger.
Ahmed makes a good run forward and tries to cross inside the box but sees it blocked. He gets the ball from the rebound but cannot keep it in play.
Sarr tries to find a teammate in the middle of the box with a cross from the right flank. But, he could not keep the ball in play and it is a goalkick to Qatar.
Sarr makes a run past Ahmed on the right, cuts in goes past Madibo as well. He shoots from a tight angle but hits the side-netting.
Qatar putting pressure on the Senegal backline in the opening minutes. The host country will have a lot to prove after their opening day loss to Ecuador.
Qatar and Senegal kick-off the Group A match at the Al Thumama Stadium
STAT ATTACK AHEAD OF THE MATCH
- Qatar and Senegal have never met in a competitive match. This is also the first time Senegal is facing the host country in the World Cup.
- Qatar did not have a single shot on target in its opening match against Ecuador- the first host nation to fail to do so in a World Cup match since USA against Brazil in the round of 16 in 1994.
- Senegal’s only previous meeting with an AFC opposition at the FIFA World Cup came against Russia in 2018, with the Lions playing out a 2-2 draw with Japan.
World Cup host Qatar knows it must not let nerves get the better of it again on Friday as it faces African champion Senegal needing to take something from their second Group A encounter or face an early exit from the tournament.
The home team froze under the weight of expectation and quickly went behind in Sunday’s opener, losing 2-0 to Ecuador and being deserted by their own fans, who emptied the stadium in droves in the second half.
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“Our nerves betrayed us,” said coach Felix Sanchez. “We were unable to string together four passes in a row. Also, many defensive gaps. The team was not balanced and that hurt us a lot.”
Defeat at Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium would ensure Asian champion Qatar become only the second World Cup hosts to fail to get past the first round after South Africa in 2010.
Sanchez, who has had his players together almost like a club side for months in the build-up to the World Cup, has promised a more “effective and competitive” team but on the evidence of its opener, it is going to need much more against Senegal.
It can’t afford the defensive frailty and flapping from goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb that marked its World Cup debut on Sunday.
Senegal let slip a positive start by conceding two late goals against the Netherlands in its group opener on Monday, with World Goalkeeper of the Year Edouard Mendy partly to blame.
But while he is likely to keep his place, changes to the starting line-up will be forced on coach Aliou Cisse after midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate was forced from the field with a thigh muscle tear and defender Abdou Diallo with a thigh strain.
There is also likely to be a switch up front where Senegal could start with an extra attacker in Bamba Dieng.
“Football is about efficiency, when you don’t score you cannot win,” said Cisse, who lost talisman Sadio Mane before the start of the tournament.
Mane’s absence was particularly noticeable against the Dutch as Senegal laced pace and determination into the attack.
“We will work on it. The fact of having lost our opening match will motivate us,” added the coach.
“Not everything we did was bad, it is up to us to rectify our mistakes.”
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