Welcome to sports stars Live blog of the World Cup match between Qatar and Senegal in Group A from Al Thumama Stadium.
Sarr with a good shot at goal from the box after a well constructed Senegalese attack. But he can’t save his shot in time as Barsham collects the ball.
Qatar has already had more ball contacts in the opponent’s penalty area (2) than in the entire World Cup opener against Ecuador.
Booking: Boulaye Dia is the first Senegalese player to see a yellow card in the game.
Sabaly volleys from long range but misses as Barsham sees the ball go wide for a goal kick.
Sarr wipes his marker well. He had a chance to shoot on goal, but Barsham got the ball in front of him and collected it to thwart any danger.
Idrissa Gana Gueye goes a shot from Diatance. It was a hard shot on the ground but not on target.
Senegal have definitely been the more offensive team so far, but Qatar have been disciplined in defense so far.
Booking: Qatar’s Ismail Mohammad receives his first yellow card of the game.
After the first quarter of the game, Senegal dominates possession with 62% of the ball.
Diatta gets past his defender and shoots at goal from the left. However, Barsham makes an easy save at the near post.
Afif delivers a seeking ball into the Senegal box but neither of the Maroon shirts could touch it decently. Senegal’s defense clarifies the danger.
Ahmed makes a good run forward and tries to cross into the box but sees it blocked. He gets the ball off the rebound but can’t keep it in play.
Sarr tries to find a teammate in the middle of the penalty area with a cross from the right flank. But he couldn’t keep the ball in play and it’s a goal kick for Qatar.
Sarr runs past Ahmed on the right, cuts in and also goes past Madibo. He shoots from a tight angle but hits the side netting.
Qatar put pressure on the Senegalese defense in the first few minutes. The host country will have a lot to prove after their opening day defeat by Ecuador.
Qatar and Senegal open Group A game at Al Thumama Stadium
PRE-GAME STAT ATTACK
Qatar and Senegal have never met in a competitive match. This is also the first time Senegal have met the host country at a World Cup.
Qatar failed to find a shot on target in their opening game against Ecuador – the first host country to fail to do so in a World Cup match since the USA defeated Brazil in the 1994 round of 16.
Senegal’s only previous encounter with an AFC opponent at the FIFA World Cup came against Russia in 2018, with the Lions drawing 2-2 with Japan.
Qatar: Meshaal Barsham, Pedro Miguel, Abdelkarim Hassan, Ismail Mohamad, Hassan Al-Haydos (Captain), Akram Afif, Karim Boudiaf, Homam Ahmed, Assim Madibo, Boualem Khoukhi, Almoez Ali.
Senegal: Eduoard Mendy, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Nampalys Mendy, Famara Diedhiou, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Ismail Jakobs, Krepin Diatta, Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia
World Cup hosts Qatar know they must not let their nerves get the better of them again on Friday as they face African champions Senegal in a bid to take something from their second Group A encounter or face an early exit from the tournament got to.
The home side, frozen under the weight of anticipation, quickly fell behind in Sunday’s opener, losing 2-0 to Ecuador and being abandoned by their home crowd, who emptied the stadium in droves in the second half.
“Our nerves gave us away,” said coach Felix Sanchez. “We couldn’t line up four rounds in a row. Also many defensive gaps. The team wasn’t balanced and that hurt us a lot.”
A defeat at Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium would mean that Asian champions Qatar would become only the second World Cup hosts, after South Africa 2010, to fail to make it through the first round.
Sanchez, who for months leading up to the World Cup brought his players together almost like a club team, has promised a “more effective and competitive” team but after proving his opener it will take a lot more against Senegal.
It can’t afford the defensive weaknesses and fluttering of goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb, who marked his World Cup debut on Sunday.
Senegal missed a positive start by conceding two late goals against the Netherlands in Monday’s group opener, partly to blame for World Goalkeeper of the Year Edouard Mendy.
But while he is likely to keep his place, changes in the starting XI will be imposed on coach Aliou Cisse after midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate was forced off the field with a thigh muscle tear and defender Abdou Diallo with a hamstring strain.
There is also likely to be a change in attack where Senegal could start with an additional attacker in Bamba Dieng.
“Football is about efficiency, if you don’t score you can’t win,” said Cisse, who lost talisman Sadio Mane before the tournament started.
Mane’s absence was particularly noticeable against the Dutch as Senegal brought pace and determination to the attack.
“We will work on it. The fact that we lost our opening game will motivate us,” added the coach.
“Not everything we did was bad, it’s up to us to right our mistakes.”
Qatar vs Senegal Predicted Lineups
Qatar: barsham; Pedro Miguel, Khoukhi, Salman, A. Hassan, Ahmed; Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatem; Ali, Afif
Senegal: service Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Diallo; I Gueye, N. Mendy; Ndiaye, I Sarr, Diatta, Dia
Qatar vs Senegal: Kick-off, live broadcast and live streaming details
When will the Qatar vs Senegal game kick off?
Qatar vs Senegal game begins on November 25 at 18:30 IST.
Where will the Qatar vs Senegal game kick off?
The match between Qatar and Senegal will be kicked off at Al Thumama Stadium.
Where can you watch Qatar vs Senegal game in India?
Qatar vs Senegal game will be streamed live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and iOS, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be streamed live on JioCinema.
Where to watch Qatar vs Senegal game outside of India?
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – Television: CTV, TSN; Live stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – Television: BBC One; Live stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singlet TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.