Qatar suffered a 1-3 defeat at the hands of Senegal. Here are some of the talking points from the game.
Senegal bagged all three points on the board going into the final group game after thrashing Qatar 1-3. Qatar went head-to-head against Aliou Cisse’s men in Matchday two of the FIFA World Cup group A fixture at the Al Thumana Stadium, Doha, Qatar. Qatar entered the contest after a defeat to Ecuador, while Senegal entered the contest after a 0-2 defeat to the Netherlands. Both teams desperately needed three points. Goals from Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish sealed a 6-2 win for the English. Mehdi Taremi could only grab a consolation brace for Iran. Here are some key talking points from the game.
Qatar started the game promisingly, sitting back and trying to attack on the counter, but Senegal’s offensive force was just too hot to handle, leaving Qatar’s defense flat-footed and one of Qatar’s defenders, Boualem Khoukhi, had a moment to forget at the biggest stage of all. Boulaye Dia and Famara Diedhiou made full use of their defensive liabilities to put Senegal in complete control of the game. Qatar’s defense grew in confidence as the game went deeper but unfortunately was too little, too late.
Senegal delivered a memorable performance at the Al Thumama Stadium as they had a plan, stuck to it in a must-win situation, and executed it flawlessly against Qatar. Boulaye Dia, Farama Diedhiou, and Ahmadou Bamba Dieng all scored to give Senegal all three points, putting them third in Group A behind the Netherlands and Ecuador and keeping them alive in the FIFA World Cup. Senegal now faces Ecuador on 29 November at the Khalifa International with destiny still in their own hands.
Mohammad Muntari replaced Hassan Al Haidos in the 74th minute as Senegal settled deeper into their structure, and Qatar patiently continued to exert themselves. Mohammad received the ball on the right and had plenty of time to set himself before whipping one into the middle as Muntari rose above Koulibaly and nailed a header past Mendy to make it 1-2 for the hosts and score their first-ever World Cup goal and something for the Qatar fans to cherish in the home tournament so far.