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Senegal provides the essentials and achieves a first victory against Qatar

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Senegal won against Qatar (1-3) on Friday in the second Group A match at the Al-Thumama stadium in Doha. The Teranga Lions clinched their first success in this World Cup, while the host country – despite a reaction in the second half – could soon come out of international competition with two defeats in as many matches.

Senegal did not miss the opportunity to obtain a first success in the World Cup-2022 against Qatar (1-3), Friday, November 25. On the contrary, the host country sees its chances of qualifying for the round of 16 almost annihilated after two defeats in as many matches.

Qatar starts the match in 5-3-2, Senegal in 4-2-3-1. The two teams, who lost their first match, must score points this Friday or risk seriously compromising their chances of qualifying for the rest of the World Cup-2022. Both teams make a shy start to the game in the first minutes. Mendy lights the first fuse with a full axis shot from 20 meters but the ball escapes the Qatari frame (8th).

Senegal gradually takes its mark and confiscates the ball while waiting to unbalance the opposing defense. Qatar still tries a projection towards the Senegalese cage, but Afif does not manage to frame his volley (15th). In the process, Diatta overflows into the Qatari area and the goalkeeper must work to deflect the ball for a corner (16th). On the set piece, Barsham misses his exit in the fist, and it takes little for Senegal to open the scoring on a header that goes just wide (17th).

The Teranga Lions are putting pressure on the host country’s players, who are struggling to get out of their half of the field. Gueye combines in the center and arms a low shot after a one-two… the ball barely escapes the cage (24th). After 30 minutes of play during this first act, the score is still nil between the two teams but Senegal is more incisive without managing to concretize on the scoreboard. Like this long clearance from Mendy which could have turned into a decisive pass with a little more precision (30th).

Qatar sometimes finds a bit of momentum, as on this beautiful movement with three players (34th) but Afif – rather than attempting the strike – plays the penalty and falls on contact with a Senegalese defender… but the referee remains impassive and indicates a reference to the six meters. The end of the first half is globally dominated by the Teranga Lions. Then, on a recovery error from the Qatari defender Khoukhi, Dia took advantage of the gift and lodged the ball close to the post. Logical advantage for Senegal (41st, 0-1). Qatar tries to react on a set piece but the corner obtained is cleared without difficulty by the Senegalese defense (45th + 4).

Qatar pushes, Mendy pulls out all the stops

The second period had barely started when Senegal quickly took off on a corner with an uncrossed header from Diedhiou (48th, 0-2). The Teranga Lions are taking cover for the moment with this second goal. On the contrary, the task is complicated for Qatar in this World Cup… Unless he quickly returns to the match, as on this free kick which leads to a mess in the Senegalese defense. But the Qatari strike is too imprecise (55th).

Hassan then tries a mid-range shot that grazes Mendy’s post (61st), but the ball is still not on target. Shortly after, Ali forced the Senegalese goalkeeper to a parry on the ground with a low shot (63rd). The host country has been trying to reduce the score for ten minutes, creating chances but failing to convert their shots. Again, on this huge opportunity (67th), Mendy pulls off a class stoppage while Mohammad thought to score a few meters from the line… but the Senegalese goalkeeper let nothing pass in this match.

As we enter the last twenty minutes, it is hard to see how the host country could come back to this game. Beyond the two goals behind, the Senegalese goalkeeper perfectly fulfills his role as the last bastion of the Teranga Lions… But Qatar’s stubbornness ends up paying: Mohammad crosses for Muntari alone from six meters. The Qatari player then sends an unstoppable header out of reach of Mendy, who can do nothing about it (78th, 1-2).

But Dieng, having just entered the field, quickly restored the advantage to Senegal, at the conclusion in the penalty area of ​​a fine movement initiated on the right side (1-3, 84th). The Teranga Lions are again two goals ahead. Qatar missed their chance, Senegal will play a qualification for the eighth on the third and last day of the group stage.

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