Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

Cisse v Senegal ‘against a brick wall’ on their way to a must-win WC match with Qatar

Qatar and Senegal face off in the group stage match of the 2022 World Cup after both sides lost their opening matches. The hosts of the tournament lost 2-0 to Ecuador on the opening day of the competition, while Senegal lost two late goals to the Netherlands by the same score.

A win for either side will keep them in touch with a place in the knockout rounds, but today’s match loser was eliminated from the tournament with a group match yet to be played. Qatar’s victory this afternoon will be a huge blow to the African champions, who are still stunned by Sadio Mane’s absence due to injury.

Still, Senegal will seize the chance to beat Qatar and stay in search of a place in the knockout stages. While they were weak from the first to the last whistle against the hosts Ecuador, they at least deserved a draw against the Netherlands.

Qatar has never been able to beat their African rivals, losing twice to Algeria and once to Egypt in three of their tries, and failed to hit the goal against Ecuador on Sunday. If they have any hope of staying competitive, they should greatly improve their initial performance.

Follow all the proceedings on our live blog below:


Qatar – Senegal

Fans arrived at Al Thumama Stadium before kick-off at 13:00.

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Michael Jones25 November 2022 12:50


2022 World Cup: Qatar – Senegal

On the sixth day of the World Cup, probably the best of a continent will be lost. Senegal and Qatar are pitting the African Cup of Nations winners against the Asian Cup champions. The loser can be eliminated with one match left and less than a week before the tournament is played. The possibility is that officially the best sides in the two major confederations are not in the last 16 of the World Cup.

“The two teams are facing each other,” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. “We’re talking about two champions, Asian champions and African champions, and you can guess the importance. If you lose your opening game, you’re faced with a brick wall. But we have experience and we’ve played other tough matches with the same stress and intensity. We had to kneel and do everything to get this win. We know we have to bring it together.

Qatar v Senegal big match preview by Richard Jolly

Michael Jones25 November 2022 12:47


2022 World Cup: Qatar – Senegal

Qatar wants to prove they can compete at the highest level when they face Senegal, Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said on the eve of a conflict that could dash their World Cup hopes.

The Asian champions hope to avoid being the second hosts to be eliminated in the first round of the finals after South Africa in 2010.

Qatar’s 2-0 defeat to Ecuador in the opening match of the tournament, with its disappointing performance, caused many fans to leave the stadium 20 minutes before the end of the match.

“Hopefully we can play freely and without pressure and be better than we did in the first game, this team has a point to prove,” Sanchez said at a press conference.

“The matches are controlled by many factors, but the most important thing is to give our best, if you don’t give your best in the World Cup you will be penalized.”

Michael Jones25 November 2022 12:40


Qatar – Senegal

If this match ends in a draw, we will know who was the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup. Qatar and Senegal lost their opening matches and are in danger of being kicked out of the tournament.

For both teams, defeat this afternoon will see them succumb to that fate, but victory will bring them closer to the qualifying rounds.

Senegal entered the game as big favourites, especially after a good performance against the Netherlands, but Qatar made some changes that they hope will pose more of a threat to the African champions – including changing the goalkeeper.

Michael Jones25 November 2022 12:32


Qatar – Senegal squad

Qatar XI: Barsham; Miguel, Mohamad, Khoukhi, Hassan, Ahmad; Al-Haydos, Boudiaf, Madibo; Ali, Afif

Senegal XI: Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Jakobs, Diallo; Gueye, N. Mendy; Diatta, Diedhou, Sarr; diameter

Michael Jones25 November 2022 12:23


2022 World Cup: Qatar – Senegal

Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy’s Chelsea teammate, said people were overreacting about the goalkeeper’s form.

“We play in the same club and we are brothers in arms for Senegal, Edouard is a very important player for us, it’s normal that we go through tough stages – I think we’re making a mountain out of a mole top.” said.

Losing its best offensive skills after Sadio Mane’s injury before the tournament, Senegal defeated Egypt on penalties in February to become the African champion, while Friday’s opponent, Qatar, became the Asian champion.

Cisse’s team were eliminated in the group stage four years ago and it’s unlikely they’ll get any better than that if they don’t win on Friday.

“We have our backs against the wall, but we are the Lions, the Lions of Teranga,” Koulibaly said.

“We will give our best to continue the dream and make the Senegalese people dream. We do not want to disappoint the Senegalese people. What is certain is that tomorrow’s behavior and mentality will be that of the warriors.”

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Jamie Braidwood25 November 2022 12:22


2022 World Cup: Qatar – Senegal

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse fully trusts goalkeeper Edouard Mendy despite a tough start to his World Cup campaign.

Mendy, who Cisse said had firm determination and a sure start to their second Group A game against Qatar on Friday, was wrong on both goals in the opening, when his side lost 2-0 to the Netherlands.

The defeating African champions have work to do to escape a group that included the Ecuadorian side, which underestimated the host Qatar in the opening game.

But his place on the Senegalese side is not threatened and Cisse relies on the mental strength of his goalkeeper.

“Edouard is doing very well, he has a resolute determination,” Cisse told reporters on Thursday.

“Edouard’s qualities speak for themselves, I don’t think anyone doubts him, sometimes he has highs, sometimes he has lows, he has all the trust of me and his teammates, I have blind trust. He will be on the field tomorrow.”

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Jamie Braidwood25 November 2022 12:10


2022 World Cup: Qatar – Senegal

“Senegal couldn’t have replaced Sadio Mane at the World Cup, and while that much isn’t clear, it’s definitely underlined now. As Senegal and the Netherlands were dragged into a match that screamed for a moment of individual inspiration, the Teranga Lions were missing their source. It was a chance for Senegal against a Dutch side that couldn’t make up and keep their word, but the opening closed when Cody Gakpo found the gap between Edouard Mendy and the defensive line.

“Any team can miss out on a player in Mane’s class and status, but it’s a pain that only Senegal can feel in Qatar. “He’s our best player, he’s the leader in that regard,” said their manager, Aliou Cisse, when news broke that the nation’s talisman, record goalscorer and hero of the most important moment in football history would play no part. to injury. It was the most brutal of these blows ahead of a tournament that Africa’s champion Senegal dreams of breaking. Mane’s injury made this task even more difficult and now even more unlikely.”

Jamie Braidwood25 November 2022 11:55


2022 World Cup: Qatar – Senegal

“Rising out of the desert and out of nowhere, Al-Bayt Stadium presents a spectacular sight enough to make it a symbolic choice to host the opening match of the first World Cup ever held in the Middle East. For Al-Bayt, perhaps read Qatar, which stands out for its vast resources and grand ambitions and showcases them through football.

“Al-Bayt’s roof is modeled, for example, on Bedouin tents instead of the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke, giving it a local feel. Outside there was a camel alley where camels rode to greet the visitors. For the avoidance of doubt, although Tony Pulis may have appreciated the camels’ ability to intimidate, this is something rarely seen in Stoke.

“In an overnight offering an example of whether or not Qatar’s $220 billion was buying them, the first impression of the emergence of Al-Bayt might have been the most impressive. This was followed by a spectacular light show and a perfectly exploding fireworks display, but Qatar was unable to deliver the performance the hosts needed nor the logistical competence to keep everything running.”

Richard Jolly’s article on Qatar’s opening match

Richard Jolly25 November 2022 11:42


2022 World Cup: Qatar – Senegal

Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb was weak in his team’s opening against Ecuador, so he could have relegated to Meshaal Barsham here.

Meanwhile, Abdou Diallo is expected to play in Senegal’s defeat to the Netherlands despite having cramps, but Cheikhou Kouyate will not be able to play after being left on a stretcher due to muscle problems in that match.

Like his opponent in the Qatari goal, Edouard Mendy of Senegal could be knocked out after his terrible performance last time.

Senegal’s star forward Sadio Mane, meanwhile, remains injured and will miss the entire tournament.

Qatar XI: Barsham; Pedro Miguel, Khoukhi, Salman, A Hassan, Ahmed; Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatem; Ali, Afif

Senegal XI: Dieng; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Diallo; Ben Gueye, N Mendy; Ndiaye, Ben Sarr, Diatta, Dia

Jamie Braidwood25 November 2022 11:36