Senegal confirmed their value on the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a powerful 3-1 win over hosts Qatar of their Group A conflict. The Teranga Lions received the battle of the continental champions to stay firmly within the operating for a knockout place.
After shedding their opening video games to Netherlands and Ecuador respectively, African champions Senegal and Asian champions Qatar confronted a must-win encounter on the Al Thumama Stadium. The hosts have been additionally aiming to keep away from an early elimination from the match.
Qatar gave account of themselves within the opening exchanges towards Senegal however failed to hassle the Africans’ backline. The Teranga Lions, in the meantime, confirmed higher endeavour going ahead than they did towards the Netherlands.
With half-time approaching, Senegal took the lead courtesy of a defensive mishap. A botched clearance from a Qatari defender allowed Boulaye Dia to fireplace dwelling from contained in the field within the forty first minute of the encounter to offer the African champions the lead.
Senegal repeated the trick three minutes into the second half by way of Famara Diedhou. The ahead ghosted to the close to publish earlier than glancing dwelling a nook from Ismail Jakobs to double the Teranga Lions’ benefit.
Qatar obtained on the offensive after they’d conceded twice and striker Al-Moez Ali known as Edouard Mendy into motion twice. First, the Chelsea goalkeeper needed to get down well to palm an effort from the sting of the field out for a nook. The second save was much more spectacular as Mendy confirmed sensible reflexes to claw Ali’s effort from point-blank vary previous the upright.
The Asian champions have been lastly rewarded for his or her persistence within the 78th minute as Ghana-born striker Mohammed Muntari scored with a towering header to ship the stadium into raptures.
The enjoyment was short-lived for the Qatari workforce as Senegal restored their two-goal benefit six minutes later after industrious play from Iliman Ndiaye. The Sheffield United man dribbled previous 4 gamers earlier than exchanging passes along with his teammate and sending in a low cross for Bamba Dieng to transform.
With their defeat to Senegal, Qatar turned the primary host nation to lose a number of group-stage video games. They are going to be eradicated from the match if Netherlands avoids defeat to Ecuador within the different group sport.