The Africans bounced back from their debut loss to the Netherlands, seizing their chances to finish off a hosts who have virtually no chance of progressing at the World Cup.

Friday November 25, 2022 12:55 p.m.

Senegal defeated Qatar 3-1 that, although they scored their first goal in a World Cup, practically sealed their elimination from the World Cup tournament by adding their second consecutive loss. The Africans confirmed the good game shown against the Netherlands and won three gold points in the fight to go to the second round.

The first half showed a fairly flat game, with little action in the areas, and with a lot of ball circulation in midfield, one of the great controversies being an alleged penalty by Ismaila Sarr on Akram Afif in minute 34, when the Qatari arrived to hot zone on the left. The referee dismissed it and continued play.

Five minutes before the end of the first 45 ‘, the opening of the account would arrive. A good play on the left by the Africans ended with the local Boualem Khoukhi falling in the area while he tried to clear, which allowed the entry of a Boulaye Dia that he defined without problems.

In the second half, not even two minutes passed when the second came for the Senegalese. A right-hand corner taken by Ismail Jakobs was connected at the near post by Famara Diédhiou, with a powerful front-facing blow that completely beat Meshaal Aissa Barsham.

Little by little, the hosts of the World Cup gathered their courage and went for the discount. They almost did it at minute 66, when Hassan Al Haydos sent in a cross from the left, which allowed the onslaught of Ismael Mohammed, who finished off Edouard Mendy point blank. The reflexes of the Chelsea goalkeeper were remarkable to send the ball to the corner.

Ten minutes later, the “of honour” would arrive for the browns, thanks to a speedy cross from Ismael Mohammed that was headed in a great way by Mohammed Muntari. This blow meant the first goal for the Qatar team in a World Cup.

In any case, the reigning champions of Africa had something more to say. In minute 83′, a good personal move by Iliman Ndiaye ended with a low cross from the right for a solitary Ahmadou Bamba Dieng, who scored the third without much trouble.

Three gold points for Senegal, which allow it to continue with some life in the tournament, ranking third after Ecuador and the Netherlands, teams that will face each other at 1:00 p.m. The locals, meanwhile, remain bottom with zero points, and with very low chances of qualifying for the second phase.

Looking ahead to the last date, the Africans will face Ecuador on Tuesday, November 29 at 12:00, the same time that the Qataris will face the Dutch.

Stadium: Al-Thumama, Al-Thumama
Referee: Antonio Mateu (Spain)

QATAR: Meshaal Aissa Barsham; Ismael Mohammed, Pedro Miguel (Mohammed Al Bayati, 83′), Boualem Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Homam Ahmed (Tarek Salman, 83′); Karim Boudiaf (Abdelaziz Hatem, 69′), Hassan Al Haydos (Mohammed Muntari, 74′), Assim Madibo; Almoez Ali, Akram Afif. (DT: Felix Sanchez)

SENEGAL: Edouard Mendy; Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Ismail Jakobs (Pape Abou Cissé, 77′); Ismaila Sarr (Iliman Ndiaye, 74′), Nampalys Mendy (Pape Matar Sarr, 78′), Idrissa Gueye, Krépin Diatta (Ismaila Ciss, 65′); Boulaye Dia, Famara Diédhiou (Ahmadou Bamba Dieng, 74′). (DT: Aliou Cisse)

GOALS: 40′ Dia (SEN), 48′ Diédhiou (SEN), 76′ Muntari (QAT), 83′ Bamba Dieng (SEN).

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