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Cisse – Senegal ‘against stone wall’ in World Cup match with Qatar that must be won

Qatar and Senegal will face each other in a crucial group stage match of the 2022 World Cup after both sides lost their opening game. The tournament’s hosts collapsed to a 2–0 loss to Ecuador on the opening day of the competition, as Senegal conceded two late goals to lose to the Netherlands by the same scoreline.

Victory for both sides keeps them in touch with a place in the knockout rounds, but the loser of today’s match is out of the tournament with one group game left to play. Should Qatar prevail this afternoon, it would be a huge blow to the African champions who are still reeling from Sadio Mane’s absence due to injury.

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Still, Senegal will imagine the chances of beating Qatar and staying in the hunt for a place in the knockout stage. At least they looked worthy of a draw against the Netherlands, until those late goals, while the hosts against Ecuador were poor from the first to the last whistle.

Qatar has never beaten African opponents, losing twice to Algeria and once to Egypt in their three attempts, and failing to shoot on target against Ecuador on Sunday. If they have any hope of staying in the league, they need to drastically improve their first performance.

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Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 12:23 PM

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Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who is also Edouard Mendy’s teammate at Chelsea, said people were overreacting to the keeper’s form.

Senegal, deprived of their best attacking talent after Sadio Mane was injured ahead of the tournament, were crowned African champions in February by beating Egypt on penalties, while Friday’s opponents, Qatar, are the Asian champions.

Cisse’s side were eliminated in the group stage four years ago and are unlikely to improve if they don’t win on Friday.

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

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

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Jamie BraidwoodNov 25, 2022 12:22 PM

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Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse has full confidence in goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, despite his difficult start to the World Cup campaign.

Mendy, who Cisse said had ironclad determination and was a sure starter for their second Group A match against Qatar on Friday, was arguably at fault for both goals in his side’s opening 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands.

The defeat leaves the African champions with work ahead of them to escape a group that also includes a side from Ecuador who made light work of hosts Qatar in their opening game.

However, his place in the Senegalese side is not in danger, and Cisse has confidence in his keeper’s mental strength.

“Edouard is doing very well, he has an iron 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 my full confidence, my blind faith and that of his teammates. He’ll be on the field tomorrow.”

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Jamie BraidwoodNov 25, 2022 12:10 PM

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“Senegal could not replace Sadio Mane at the World Cup, and if that wasn’t already clear, it is now emphatically underlined. While Senegal and the Netherlands were drawn into a match that cried out for a moment of individual inspiration, the Lions of Teranga missed the source of theirs. This was a chance for Senegal against a Dutch side who failed to impress and deliver on their promise, but the gap closed when Cody Gakpo found the gap between Edouard Mendy and their defence.

“Any team would be missing a player of Mane’s class and stature, but it’s a pain only Senegal can feel in Qatar. “He’s our best player, the leader in that regard,” said their manager Aliou Cisse, when the news hit that the talisman of the country, record scorer and the hero of the most important moment in their football history would not play a role due to injury It was the cruelest blow ahead of a tournament where Senegal, the champions of Africa, dreamed of breaking new ground Mane’s injury made that task more difficult, and it’s even more unlikely now.

Jamie BraidwoodNov 25, 2022 11:55 am

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“Rising out of the desert and out of nowhere, the Al-Bayt Stadium is such a fascinating sight that it was a symbolic choice to host the opening match of the first-ever World Cup in the Middle East. For the Al-Bayt, maybe read Qatar, propelled to prominence by its vast resources and huge ambitions, which they showcase through football.

“The roof of Al-Bayt is modeled after Bedouin tents rather than say the Bet365 stadium in Stoke, giving it a local feel. Outside there was a parade of camels, all ridden by men in thaws, to welcome visitors. For the avoidance of doubt, that’s also something rarely seen in Stoke, even if Tony Pulis could appreciate the camels’ ability to intimidate.

“On a night that offered an illustration of what Qatar’s $220 billion did and didn’t buy them, the first impression of Al-Bayt’s arrival was perhaps the most impressive. A spectacular light show and perfect fireworks followed, but Qatar delivered neither the performance the hosts needed nor the logistical competence to keep things running smoothly.”

Richard Jolly’s piece on Qatar’s opening game

Richard JollyNov 25, 2022 11:42 AM

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Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb was poor in his side’s opener against Ecuador, so he could be dropped here for Meshaal Barsham.

Meanwhile, Abdou Diallo is expected to play despite going off with cramps in Senegal’s defeat to the Netherlands, but Cheikhou Kouyate is not fit after being stretchered off due to a muscle problem in that match.

Like his opponent in Qatar’s goal, Senegal’s Edouard Mendy could be dropped after a terrible performance from the previous time out.

Senegal’s star Sadio Mané, meanwhile, remains out with an injury 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; I Gueye, N Mendy; Ndiaye, I Sarr, Diatta, Dia

Jamie BraidwoodNov 25, 2022 11:36 AM

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Qatar didn’t show nearly enough quality in their loss to Ecuador to suggest they will do better here. Qatar 0-2 Senegal.

Jamie BraidwoodNov 25, 2022 11:34 AM

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Qatar vs Senegal kicks off at 1pm GMT (4pm local time) on Friday, November 25.

The match will take place at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

In the UK, the game will be broadcast live on TBEN One. It will also be streamed live on the broadcaster’s website and TBEN iPlayer app.

Jamie BraidwoodNov 25, 2022 11:32 AM

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Still, Senegal will imagine the chances of beating Qatar and staying in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages. At least they looked worthy of a draw against the Netherlands, until those late goals, while the hosts against Ecuador were poor from the first to the last whistle.

Qatar has never beaten African opponents, losing twice to Algeria and once to Egypt in their three attempts, and failing to shoot on target against Ecuador on Sunday. If they have any hope of staying in the league, they need to drastically improve their first performance.

Jamie BraidwoodNovember 25, 2022 11:30 am

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