Qatar face changing into the primary host nation to exit a World Cup group stage after simply two video games on account of their 3-1 defeat to Senegal – solely an Ecuador win over the Netherlands in a while will hold them alive till the third spherical of Group A fixtures.
Senegal didn’t play significantly effectively however went right into a 2-0 lead by Boulaye Dia and Famara Diehiou. Qatar massively improved within the ultimate half hour and located a historic objective by Mohammed Muntari, earlier than Bamba Dieng sealed it for the west Africans.
Senegal managed a lot of the ball with out ever actually benefiting from it, particularly with Qatar switching goalkeepers from their opening sport and placing religion in Meshaal Barsham between the sticks as an alternative – his older brother is present Olympic excessive bounce champion Mutaz Essa Barshim.
Barsham had a couple of collections or punches to carry out, usually making them look extra spectacular than they wanted to be. However actual probabilities cast from real ability, creativity or incisive group strikes weren’t forthcoming.
Qatar, in the meantime, appeared fairly disjointed of their play. That being stated, on a uncommon significant assault within the first half Akram Afif was surprised at not being awarded a penalty when clumsily bundled over from behind by Ismaila Sarr. He had a powerful case, but there wasn’t even a correct VAR verify.
Dia’s first half strike form of summed it up for Qatar. Boualem Khoukhi’s botched clearance, which ought to have been a easy swing of the leg, ended up introduced the ball on a plate to Dia. His first-time end beat Barsham on the close to put up.
Qatar’s defending was statuesque when Senegal scored their second quickly after half-time. No one besides Diedhiou appeared to maneuver when Ismail Jakobs despatched a nook into the field and the Alanyaspor striker scored a free header on the close to put up.
The hosts clearly did put up a menace at set-pieces and had been responsible of not taking part in to their strengths. However then once they did ship the ball into the field, it triggered issues for Senegal. A greater end from centre-back Abdelkarim Hassan might have gotten them again into it – as an alternative it hit a teammate.
Not lengthy after, Hassan had a way more threatening try from distance that solely narrowly missed the goal and had Edouard Mendy nervous. Then got here Qatar’s first shot on the right track of the World Cup, over an hour into this, their second sport. Mendy was equal to Almoez Ali’s low effort.
Though the standard was nonetheless missing, at the very least Qatar appeared decided to not exit the event with a whimper and picked up the tempo. There had been a reluctance to commit gamers ahead, however when wing-back Ismaeel Mohammad determined to make a break for it into the field, he met the ball on the far put up and compelled an excellent save from Mendy.
It had taken Qatar over 150 minutes plus who is aware of how a lot stoppage time to have a shot on the right track on this World Cup, but two had all of a sudden come alongside directly.
Much more Qatar stress adopted as Mendy blocked a possible personal objective following a ricochet from Khoukhi’s tried ball throughout the six-yard field. When Mohammad received ahead down the suitable once more, his inviting cross into the field was met fantastically by Muntari to create a little bit of historical past for Qatar.
It begged the query why weren’t they doing that when it was nonetheless 0-0 on this one? And even in opposition to Ecuador final day trip?
Senegal had been beginning to seem weak to a possible comeback however gave themselves the respiratory room they wanted with 84 minutes on the clock. Substitutes mixed as Iliman Ndiaye fed Dieng from the suitable and it was medical end from about eight yards out.
GK: Meshaal Barsham – 4/10 – Given the nod over Al Sheeb however appeared erratic at finest. Issues had been usually extra sophisticated than wanted to be.
CB: Pedro Miguel – 4/10 – On his heels and method too gradual to react to the nook coming in for Senegal’s second objective.
CB: Boualem Khoukhi – 3/10 – Immediately answerable for Senegal’s opening objective with a very try at a clearance. Sloppy usually.
CB: Abdelkarim Hassan – 6/10 – Could not type his ft quick sufficient to transform a possible probability early within the second half. Had one other effort from lengthy vary that had Mendy nervous within the Senegal objective.
RWB: Ismaeel Mohammad – 7/10 – Compelled an excellent save out of Mendy when he took a danger and truly received into the penalty space. Then created the objective when he received ahead once more.
CM: Karim Boudiaf – 5/10 – Performed it too protected.
CM: Assim Madibo – 6/10 – Did greater than any of Qatar’s beginning midfield trio and positively improved within the second half.
CM: Hassan Al-Haydos (c) – 4/10 – Noticed little or no of the ball and did not do something like sufficient to take the sport to Senegal. Qatar attacked higher after he had gone off.
LWB: Homam Ahmed – 5/10 – Struggled to win the ball.
ST: Almoez Ali – 5/10 – Had Qatar’s first shot on the right track on the World Cup. Approach too quiet for the primary hour.
ST: Akram Afif – 6/10 – Regarded Qatar’s solely credible menace for lengthy intervals. In all probability ought to have been awarded a penalty within the first half.
SUB: Abdulaziz Hatem (69′ for Boudiaf) – 6/10
SUB: Mohammed Muntari (74′ for Al-Haydos) – 7/10
SUB: Mohammed Waad (83′ for Miguel) – N/A
SUB: Tarek Salman (83′ for Ahmed) – N/A
Supervisor: Felix Sanchez – 4/10 – The ways had been too disjointed and you must assume the directions got here from the coach. Qatar appeared too pre-occupied with attempting to maintain issues tight on the again that they lacked any type of vitality or numbers in assaults till it was far too late.
GK: Edouard Mendy – 8/10 – Made a couple of good saves within the second half, together with one world class cease from Mohammad. Spectacular contemplating how little he needed to do for the primary hour.
RB: Youssouf Sabaly – 6/10 – Used the ball fairly effectively and restricted Qatar in open play, significantly within the first half.
CB: Kalidou Koulibaly (c) – 5/10 – Not that commanding contemplating what number of probabilities Qatar had been capable of get from launching the ball into the field.
CB: Abdou Diallo – 5/10 – Equally disappointing within the center.
LB: Ismail Jakobs – 6/10 – Delivered the nook for Senegal’s killer second. Ran the chance of a pink card with a foul proper after getting booked.
RM: Ismaila Sarr – 5/10 – Very fortunate to not give away a primary half penalty with a careless problem. Did not supply that a lot going ahead.
CM: Nampalys Mendy – 7/10 – Some wayward capturing however hardly gave the ball away whereas he was on the pitch.
CM: Idrissa Gueye – 6/10 – Had management of the sport within the first half. Pale a bit as issues progressed.
LM: Krepin Diatta – 5/10 – Did not actually do this a lot and was the primary Senegal participant changed.
ST: Famara Diedhiou – 7/10 – Scored an excellent close to put up header.
ST: Boulaye Dia – 7/10 – Reacted sharply to the botched clearance and completed effectively to interrupt the impasse.
SUB: Pathe Ciss (64′ for Diatta) – 5/10
SUB: Bamba Dieng (74′ for Diedhiou) – 7/10
SUB: Iliman Ndiaye (74′ for I. Sarr) – 7/10
SUB: Pape Sarr (78′ for N. Mendy) – 6/10
SUB: Pape Abou Cisse (78′ for Jakobs) – 5/10
Supervisor: Aliou Cisse – 6/10 – Needed to reset and get his group again in the suitable state of mind after the opening defeat to Netherlands as a result of this might have been a possible upset. His group can nonetheless play higher.