Qatar possible starting lineup:Barsham; Pedro Miguel, Khoukhi, Salman, A Hassan, Ahmed; Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatem; Ali, Afif Senegal possible starting lineup:Dieng; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Diallo; I Gueye, N Mendy; Ndiaye, I Sarr, Diatta, Dia We say: Qatar 0-2 Senegal Qatar put on a toothless display against the perceived third-best side in the group last weekend, so may struggle even more against a side with bigger stars. Senegal have lacked a scoring touch of late, though, and will hope that dominating possession and creating enough chances will give them the edge. For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.
However, to claim a vital three points, they will need to find a clinical edge, and not having Sadio Mane poses a huge dilemma for Aliou Cisse's side. Even when Mane was fit, Cisse struggled to settle on a regular starting striker, as their top scorer from qualifying, Famara Diedhiou, has had injury troubles this year. Qatar World Cup form: Qatar form (all competitions): Senegal World Cup form: Senegal form (all competitions): Team News Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb looked very ropey in the match with Ecuador, and both back-up keepers have featured in pre-tournament friendlies.
If Sanchez opts to make a change, then Meshaal Barsham is the obvious choice given he saved the deciding penalty in their Arab Cup final victory over Egypt in 2021, and is seen as less erratic. Al Sheeb was one of four players booked on Sunday, so they all run the risk of suspension in the final game against the Dutch, with striking pair Ali and Afif as well as Karim Boudiaf also on a yellow card. Captain Hassan Al Haydos is set to earn his 171st cap for Qatar here in midfield as one of five centurions expected to start. Senegal have revealed that Abdou Diallo is fine to return to training immediately despite going off with muscle cramps against Holland. That will be a relief as Diallo has filled in as a makeshift left-back given the injury to Fode Ballo-Toure in the lead up to the finals.
However, the facts will say that Qatar are the first host nation in World Cup history to lose their opening fixture. Not only that, the Maroons are also the first hosts not to have shot on target in a match at the finals since the USA failed to do so in their last 16 defeat to Brazil in 1994. Manager Felix Sanchez claimed his side were "nervous", and their performance did represent the look of a side who froze on the big occasion. The fact that they were seemingly incapable of doing the basics such as passing and pressing suggests it was some sort of mentality issue, because this was a side that won the Asian Cup in 2019. They were top scorers in that competition and repeated the feat at the 2021 Gold Cup which they were invited to take part in, but attacking duo Almoez Ali and Akram Afif were bystanders in the game with Ecuador.
However, two huge errors from Edouard Mendy cost the Lions of Teranga heavily as they also fell to a 2-0 defeat. Cody Gakpo's 84th-minute header for the opening goal was the first shot on target the Dutch had in the match, which again illustrates how well Senegal did to stifle them for much of the game. A first clean sheet in nine World Cup finals matches looks more likely for Senegal here though, given the opposition they will be facing. Their defensive record in Africa has been impressive, as they conceded just twice on their way to Africa Cup of Nations glory at the start of the year and let in just three in six games afterwards before this tournament.
Bouncing back against Senegal would give the hosts the momentum they need when they face the Netherlands in the final group encounter. Three points could also place the Maroons in contention for Round of 16 qualification if results in the other games turn out to be favourable for the hosts. This is only the third World Cup for the Senegalese. Like the hosts, the Lions of Teranga did not get off to the start they would have liked against the Netherlands. However, they lost to a side that is in contention to go all the way this time around.
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Another poor defeat here will only enhance the arguments against them being hosts in a footballing sense, as they have yet to show themselves as worthy of competing at this level. Meanwhile, while suffering the same fate as the hosts, Senegal had a lot to be impressed with in their performance against the Netherlands on Monday. Their build up play in attack was easy on the eye and, for the most part, they were solid defensively.
FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar vs Senegal - Preview, betting odds, team news, possible starting XIs2019 AFC Asian Cup winners and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar will be back in action against the 2021 AFCON champions Senegal in a do-or-die Group A encounter at the Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar. Both sides will be looking to bounce back from their respective 2-0 defeats in the opener and eye a win in this crucial tie in which the loser bids adieu to the Round of 16. After becoming the first hosts to lose their opening World Cup game, Qatar will be back in action when they take on Senegal in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group A encounter at the Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar on Friday, November 25.
Hence, Sanchez has a fully fit squad at his disposal for the game against Senegal. Nerves probably got the better of Qatar, who were in formidable form in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup. Akram Afif and Abdulaziz Hatem were named in the team of the tournament in which Qatar finished third. Before trying to tweak the formation and adjust his tactics, the players will need a talking-to from Sanchez. It is quite odd how a team that has come into this tournament following a series of good results fails to get a single shot at goal.
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However, Cheikhou Kouyate is not as fortunate, as the Nottingham Forest midfielder was stretched off with a muscle problem of his own and will miss this fixture. It is rumoured that Edouard Mendy could be dropped after his horror show on Monday, with Queens Park Rangers' Seny Dieng waiting in the wings to take his place.
Senegal will walk out on the pitch for the game against Qatar knowing that a defeat ends their World Cup campaign and eliminates them in the group stage itself. The Lions of Teranga also faced elimination at this stage in the last edition. However, if Senegal want to repeat a feat, they will want to opt for the achievement at the 2002 FIFA World when they made it to the quarterfinals. Between the sticks, Edouard Mendy will have to get over his performance in the last game and be steady to face Qatar.
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