Although jostled in the second half, Senegal took over Qatar (1-3), this Friday, during the second day of Group A of the World Cup. A success that allows the Lions of Tranga to return to group A. For the host country, the competition is already over.
Dia showed the way for Senegal.
The World Cup is already over for Qatar. Beaten by Ecuador (0-2) on Sunday for their entry into the competition, the reigning Asian champion once again fell against Senegal (1-3) this Friday during the 2nd Group A day.
Although they put on a much brighter face in the second half, the hosts were punished by more realistic Tranga Lions. A logical success for the African champion who is back in group A while waiting for the result of the Netherlands-Ecuador match.
Khoukhi sinks Qatar
Under pressure after missing out on their entry into the competition, both teams were fearful. However, Senegal took the game on its own without managing to be dangerous. A lack of creativity that gave confidence to Qatar, who were getting better and better in the game despite a great opportunity for Gueye, whose cross shot passed a few centimeters from the goal kept by Barsham.
Over the minutes, the tension increased and the contacts hardened. Still just as uninspired, the Tranga Lions completely thwarted and were close to conceding a penalty for a fairly clear foul by Sarr on Afif. A turning point in this match since a few moments later, Dia took advantage of a huge error from Khoukhi in the area to open the scoring with a low shot close to the post (0-1, 41st).
Qatar did not deserve
Freed from a weight, the African champion returned from the break with a boost in morale. And he was quick to double the bet by Diedhiou, who cut the trajectory of a corner from Jakobs to score with a header (0-2, 48th). Lost for lost, Al Annabi finally started playing. Hassan got two huge chances to shake Mendy, who made two decisive saves against Ali and Mohammad to prevent the host country from reducing the gap to the score.
By dint of suffering, the African champion ended up cracking. As soon as he entered the game, Muntari placed a superb header on a cross from Mohammad to beat the Chelsea goalkeeper (1-2, 78th). An enthusiasm quickly showered. On receiving a ball back from Ndiaye, Dieng put his team away for good (1-3, 84′). A sluggish but deserved victory for Senegal, which remains in the race for the 8th. For Qatar, this home World Cup is already over.
The score of the match: 6.5/10
A match long marked by technical errors and repetition faults. It was good after the break with a team from Qatar who seriously raised their level of play. However, it was not enough to come back up to Senegal who gradually lost control of the game, until the third goal, but who was saved. several times by a Mendy in great shape. A part all the same pleasant to follow.
The goals :
– On the left, Diatta addresses a returning center which does not find a taker. But Khoukhi is completely holed up on his attempt to clear and allows Dia, who was roughing in the area, to shoot Barsham with a low shot close to the post (0-1, 41st).
– On a corner struck from the right by Jakobs, Diedhiou escapes the vigilance of Pedro Miguel to place a perfect cross header at the near post (0-2, 48th).
– In front of his surface, Hassan reverses the game with a sumptuous cross towards Mohammad. On the right wing, the number 17 crosses not far from the penalty spot, where Muntari jumps over Koulibaly to deceive Mendy on his right with an unstoppable header (1-2, 78th).
– Launched on the right side, Ndiaye temporizes and crosses back for Dieng. Alone towards the penalty spot, the Marseille striker places a mid-high shot which surprises Barsham on his left (1-3, 84th).
Maxifoot has assigned a score (out of 10) comments on each player.
Man of the match: Douard Mendy (7.5/10)
Renewed despite his missed match against the Netherlands, the Chelsea goalkeeper justified the confidence of his coach. Little contributed in the first period, he made two decisive saves after the break, including an incredible save in front of Mohammed to prevent Qatar from reducing the gap to the score too early. A great performance for the doorman of the Lions of Tranga.
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Edouard Mendy (7.5): read comment above.
Youssouf Sabaly (5): an overall average match from the right side passed by Bordeaux which left its zone on the very contentious action on Afif in the first period. He left spaces behind his back after the break.
Kalidou Koulibaly (5): little endangered by Ali, the Senegalese captain was seriously moved by Muntari on the Qatari goal, clearly losing his duel. A match like his average start to the season.
Abdou Diallo (7): out injured against the Netherlands, the Leipzig player held his rank and even very well in this match. He never panicked by making important interventions like this deep pass from Afif cut off the hour mark to prevent Ali from adjusting Mendy.
Ismail Jakobs (6.5): holder in the left lane, the side of Monaco has rather well respected the instructions. Better still, he is the decisive passer on the second goal by finding Diedhiou on his corner at the near post. Replace 78th minute with Pope Abou Ciss (not not).
Idrissa Gueye (6): the Everton midfielder was correct in this part. He was one of the few Lions to be dangerous from the start with a powerful strike close to hitting the mark in the middle of the first period. The former Parisian has muzzled Al Haydos well.
Nampalys Mendy (6): like Gueye, the Leicester player has done some interesting recovery work. He managed to prevent the Qataris from getting comfortable in the middle. Replace 78th minute with Pope Matar Sarr (not not).
Krepin Diatta (5): a meeting without much relief for the Monaco winger. He is certainly the origin of the first goal with his cross in the area but Dia owes his goal only to the huge error of Khoukhi. Replace the 64th minute with Pathe Ciss (not not).
Famara Diedhiou (7): launched in the starting lineup to bring a little more weight in attack, the Alanyaspor striker did the job. In a pivotal role, he first allowed Gueye to get the first big chance of the match before securing the victory for his team with a crossed header from a corner. A winning choice for Aliou Ciss.
Ismala Sarr (5): much less visible than in the first match, the Watford winger missed the disaster with an obvious foul on Afif in the first half. It was generally not very impactful. Replace 74th minute with Iliman Ndiaye (not not)decisive passer on Dieng’s goal.
Boulaye Dia (6): too little served against the Oranje, the Salernitana striker was little seen in this part. Except that this time, he showed his opportunism to open the scoring after a huge mistake by Khoukhi. A goal that allowed the Lions to reassure themselves. Replace 74th minute with Bamba Dieng (not not)author of the third goal to seal the victory of Senegal.
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QATAR 1-3 SNGAL (mid-time: 0-1) – CdM 2022 – 1st round, Group A / 2nd day
Stadium: Al-Thumama Stadium, Al-Thumama – Referee: Antonio Mateu, Spain
Goals : M. Muntari (78th) for QATAR – B. Dia (41st) F. Diedhiou (48th) C. Dieng (84th) for SNGAL