Senegal will be satisfied with it. Forced to take the three points after their loss to the Netherlands (0-2) on the first day of the group stage, the Teranga Lions timidly beat Qatar (3-1) this Friday in group A of this 2022 World Cup. A success which allows the men of Aliou Cissé, who had decided to integrate Famara Diédhiou and Ismail Jakobs into his starting XI, to relaunch themselves in the race for the round of 16, eliminating by the way almost the host country of this World Cup 2022.
In lack of offensive inspiration during the first 45 minutes, despite a few situations (5th, 16th, 24th), Senegal still came back with the advantage at the break. Boulaye Dia took advantage of a big mistake from Boualem Khoukhi, who missed the restart, to deceive Meshaal Barsham (0-1, 41st). Aliou Cissé’s troop could however have conceded the opener a few minutes earlier, when Akram Afif was thrown off balance by Ismaïla Sarr in the Senegalese area, regularly in the eyes of Mr. Lahoz, who therefore did not awarded a penalty (which will certainly be talked about in the coming hours).
Mendy saved Senegal from a heated end to the game
After a first period sterilely designated by the Lions of Teranga, but during which Al-Annabi did not indicate much either, the second act started very strongly. Taking advantage of a nice corner (obtained after a ball yet out of bounds by Sarr) kicked by Ismail Jakobs, Famara Diédhiou fired a powerful cross helmet shot to make the break (0-2, 49th). What to do the effect of a real “air conditioning” in a relatively sparse Al Thumama stadium, but where the atmosphere was there.
This will at least have had the merit of waking up the players of Félix Sanchez, who are determined to come out of their World Cup with their heads held high. Unfortunately for them, they fell on an Edouard Mendy of the great days. The Chelsea goalkeeper, criticized lately, made everyone agree by making two class parades against Almoez Ali (63rd) then Ismaeel Mohammad (67th). The first goal in Qatar’s history in the World Cup, signed by Mohammed Muntari with a header (1-2, 78th), will not have changed anything since Bamba Dieng, coming off the bench and served on a plateau by another incoming, Iliman Ndiaye, came to calm the ardor of the Qataris (1-3, 84th).
While waiting for the clash between the Netherlands and Ecuador (5 p.m.), Senegal is 3rd in this group A. The Lions will cross swords with La Tri on Tuesday (4 p.m.) to try to snatch their place for the knockout phase. At the same time, Qatar, who can no longer hope to qualify for the round of 16 in the event of a tie between the Dutch and Ecuadorians this Friday afternoon, will try to save their honor against the Oranje.