Aliou Cissé, coach of the Senegal national team
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09.34 | The warm up

The beginning of the match between Senegal and Qatar is approaching. The players go out onto the playing field to warm up.

09.10 | Senegal’s eleven

The African team has already confirmed the starting lineup that it will present against Qatar.

09.08 | Confirmed local formation

The Qatari team has already confirmed the team that will face Senegal.

08.55 | Everything ready in the Qatari dressing room

A little over an hour before the start of the game, everything is already ready in the changing room of the Qatar team, with the clothing ordered for each protagonist.

08.47 | Support for the local team

Supporters of the Qatari team met last night in Msheireb, the downtown area of ​​Doha, to express their support for the team led by Félix Sanchez.

08.07 | “Match day”

07.41 | The campus, in “good spirits”

Senegal, the “Lions of Teranga”, arrived at the World Cup in Qatar as one of the possible revelations, but part of that favoritism disappeared with the loss of striker Sadio Mané and they could not endorse their parchments in the opening game against the Netherlands (the Europeans won 2-0) and today they will go for revenge.

Aliou Cissé, coach of the Senegal national team

DT Aliou Cissé stressed that the squad “is in good spirits and drew conclusions from the match played against one of the best teams in the world that occupies eighth place in the FIFA ranking (by the Netherlands)”, he recalled. ”Against Qatar it will be a key game for both of us because losing in your debut leaves you with your back against the wall. It will be a different game in which we must improve our aim and take advantage of the chances that we generate ”, he expanded.

“This is not over yet,” he clarified, also recalling that the defeat against the Netherlands took place in the last minutes, marked by errors by Mendy, in defense of which the experienced defender and teammate at Chelsea, Kalidou Koulibaly, came out, stating that he became “a mountain of a grain of sand from a difficult moment that we all usually go through.”

Senegal's defender Kalidou Koulibaly heads a header during the World Cup match against the Netherlands
Senegal’s defender Kalidou Koulibaly heads a header during the World Cup match against the NetherlandsODD ANDERSEN – AFP

“We are complicated, but we are lions, the Lions of Teranga,” said the former Napoli defender, almost like a harangue, anticipating that Senegal will come out against Qatar “to leave everything so that our people can continue dreaming.”

07.15 | Now without the “nerves” of the debut

“We have freed ourselves from the pressure of the premiere. We were very nervous and I hope that against Senegal we can compete at the highest level, regardless of the result against an opponent who will also win”, explained the Spanish coach from Qatar, Félix Sánchez.

07.02 | possible formations

Qatar: Saad Al Sheeb; Pedro Ró-Ró, Bassam Husham, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan and Homam Ahmed; Hasan Al Haydos, Karim Boudiaf and Abdelaziz Hatem; Almoez Ali and Akram Afif. DT: Felix Sanchez.

Senegal: Edouard Mendy; Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Pape Abou Cissé and Ismail Jakobs; Pape Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Krepin Diatta, Idrissa Gueye, and Ismaila Sarr; and Boulaye Dia. DT: Aliou Cisse.

07:00 | All the details to see Qatar vs. Senegal

Qatar, host of the tournament, today (from 10 in Argentina) will face Senegal, for the second date of Group A of the World Cup. Both selected have the obligation to achieve a victory to maintain the chances of qualifying for the round of 16.

The match will be played at the Al Thumama stadium, located in Doha, and will be refereed by Spanish Antonio Mateu Lahoz and will be televised by TyC Sports and DirecTV Sports.

The Spanish coach of Qatar, Félix Sanchez, during a press conference in Doha
The Spanish coach of Qatar, Félix Sanchez, during a press conference in Doha

The Qataris lost 2-0 to Ecuador, while Senegal also lost by the same result to the Netherlands in their first World Cup game. Both selected, after the defeats in the debut, are forced to achieve a victory to continue with mathematical hopes in the third and last day of the zone to fight for a place in the round of 16.

Senegal will be without midfielder Cheikhoy Kouyaté, who was injured against the Netherlands, and his place will be taken by Pape Gueye, while in the defensive zone Ismail Jakobs will replace Abdou Diallo.

The local team, led by the Spanish coach Félix Sánchez, would take the field with the same eleven starters that entered the debut.

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