Qatar vs Senegal in the second round of Group A matches at the 2022 World Cup is a must for both teams.
Each were beaten in their respective opening matches, with Qatar outplayed by a pulsating Ecuador in the tournament’s curtain-raiser on Sunday. Senegal, menhwile, lost to the Netherlands the next day.
The WC is not yet over for any of these teams. But victory here, in what each will now likely see as their most advantageous match, is crucial ahead of the final round of group stage play.
Qatar vs Senegal H2H Results (All Time)
It is the first time Qatar and Senegal have ever met.
Current form (last five games) Qatar team news
Qatar are fully fit ahead of this one, with no injuries reported after the Ecuador match.
Qatar starting 11 (3-5-2): Al-Sheeb; Al-Rawi, Khoukhi, A. Hassan; Miguel, Hatem, Al-Haydos, Boudiaf, Ahmed; Afif, Ali
Bench: Y. Hassan, Barsham, Salman, Abulsallam, Al-Hadhrami, Mashaal, Kheder, Mohammad, Madibo, Assadalla, Al-Hajri, Mazeed, Alaaeldin, Waad, Muntari
News about the Senegal team
Cheikhou Kouyate and Abdou Diallo both had to go off injured in Senegal’s opener and could be doubtful for this one.
The conspicuous absence of Sadio Mane, who pulled out of the squad four days before the game in the Netherlands, remains a bitter blow.
Senegal Starting 11 (4-3-3): E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Jakobs; P. Sarr, N. Mendy, I. Gueye; I. Sarr, Dia, Diatta
Bench: S. Dieng, Gomis, Diallo, Kouyate, N’Diaye, F. Mendy, Ballo, Ciss, Name, P. Gueye, M. Ndiaye, I. Ndiaye, Diedhiou, Jackson, B. Dieng
Both countries lost 2-0 in the first group stage match. But Senegal arguably played the higher quality opposition and have proven players at a higher club level – even without the loss of talisman and natonal hero Sadio Mane.
Qatar looked poor in their first ever World Cup match and a reversal of those fortunes seems unlikely.
Prediction: Qatar 0-1 Senegal
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November 22, 2022