It will therefore have been necessary to wait for the start of the second group matches to see a victorious African team in this World Cup. Defeated in their opening match against the Netherlands, Senegal have completely relaunched themselves in the race for the final stages, while Qatar, more playful than at the opening but still weighed down by their many individual errors, are getting dangerously close. of the exit.
In Doha’s al-Thumama stadium, far from being full at kick-off, reigning Asian champions Qatar have definitely said goodbye to their chances of qualifying. Its elimination was indeed confirmed by the other result of this group A: the draw (1-1) between the Netherlands and Ecuador. This would earn them the first host country kicked out of their tournament after just two games.
Qatar saves honor
If the “Annabis” find themselves there, they owe it largely to the many technical errors they still made throughout the game. The palm of the day goes to defender Khoukhi who, by completely missing his clearance before finishing his buttocks in the grass, allowed Boulaye Dia to shoot Barsham (41st).
A hard scenario to swallow for Qatar who, despite the technical and physical domination of Senegal, seemed less tense than against Ecuador and could even have obtained a penalty first. It would have been necessary for the referee to judge the clumsy charge in the back of Sarr on Afif (34th) illicit.
Once in front, Senegal felt more at ease to answer the doubts born from their inoffensive attack against the Oranje. First thanks to a nice uncrossed header from Diedhiou after a corner (48th) then by a dry shot from Dieng (84th).
But unlike the first match, Qatar was not disunited and, after two excellent parades by Édouard Mendy (63rd, 67th), much more on the legs than against the Dutch, Muntari (78th) ended up saving the honor , with a powerful head. This first goal in the World Cup for Qatar rewards a more balanced performance and has the value of encouragement.
After curling the ridiculous Sunday, the local selection can rejoice to have succeeded in presenting a face more in line with expectations. By remaining this time until stoppage time when they had quickly deserted the stands against Ecuador, his supporters were not mistaken.
The “Mechanical Banana” hooks the “Oranjes”
Opposite, the African champion, who conceded at least one goal for the ninth time in a row in the World Cup, will not always be able to count on such a generous welcome and will have to continue to raise his level if he wants to continue the adventure.
Especially since the selection of Aliou Cissé will play everything for the whole next Friday against one of the most attractive teams of this start of the tournament: Ecuador who held the dragee high in the Netherlands. In the most fruitful meeting of the competition, the “Oranjes” opened the scoring in the 6th minute through the young Cody Gakpo. But the “Mechanical Banana” (to whom we can immediately attribute the golden palm for the best nickname) returns to the height of the return from the locker room through the intermediary of the competition’s top scorer, Enner Valencia (1-1 , 49th).
The South Americans even went very close to the second goal 20 minutes from time after Gonzalo Plata struck the crossbar. A draw would be enough for them to reach the round of 16, which would be a first in the history of the “Tricolore”.
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It will therefore have been necessary to wait for the start of the second group matches to see a victorious African team in this World Cup. Defeated in their opening match against the Netherlands, Senegal have completely relaunched themselves in the race for the final stages, while Qatar, more playful than at the opening but still weighed down by their many individual errors, are getting closer. ..
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