The Qatari players are consoled by their Senegalese counterparts.  Photo: AFP

The African team prevailed 3-1 and arrives with chances of qualifying for the last date in group A, in which they will face Ecuador.

The qatari dream to surprise in the first World Cup in its history and at home did not last long, very little. Much less than what even the Spanish coach Félix Sánchez Bas imagined due to all the good that his team had shown since his arrival, even becoming Asian champions in 2019 with the same player base.

His executioner this Friday was Senegal, the African champion who needed to win after the defeat in his debut against the Netherlands and, despite not having his top figure and scorer, Sadio Mané, he achieved it with a 3-1 that feeds the desire to advance to the eighth World Cup final.

The Qatar’s elimination will be consummated this Friday if the Netherlands win or tie. In any case, if he even arrives with mathematical possibilities at the last date with the Dutch team, only a football miracle would allow him to advance.

The other side of the local frustration is Senegal, who did not shine, who at times suffered the game (more due to its shortcomings than to Qatar’s virtues), but got the three points that allow it to be excited for a last group date in the one that will be measured with Ecuador.

The Qatari players are consoled by their Senegalese counterparts. Photo: AFP

Boulaye Dia and Famara Diedhiou scored the first goals for the African team. Mohammed Muntari discounted for the locals in the final stretch of the game but the local illusion did not last long because Cheikh Dieng sealed the victory.

It was Senegal, which came out determined to impose conditions from possession of the ball. His midfielders and forwards pressed the Qatari start trying to force the error but he lacked clarity in the final meters.

A shot from Ismalia Saar after 8 minutes that went wide after capturing a rebound at the gate of the area, a faulty header from Diedhiou and a shot also wide from Sabaly were the first approaches for the Senegalese team. However, the advantage, already deserved, reached 40 in the first stage.

It was a gross mistake by the Qatari bottom line that allowed Dia to put a Senegal ahead, who was already making a point of breaking parity.

Qatar had no answers against Senegal.  Photo: Reuters.

Qatar had no answers against Senegal. Photo: Reuters.

Little Qatar. Very little for a team that tries to continue with aspirations to advance in its World Cup. Perhaps Afif’s individual outbursts or Hassan’s drive.

If the goal at the end of the first half and Qatar’s own shortcomings were not enough to knock out the local illusion, Senegal’s second goal was a blow. Just two minutes into the second half were played when Diedhiou, with an accurate header from a corner, stretched the advantage.

Senegal seemed to relax and a lot had to do with Qatari impotence. However, there was nothing to suggest that the locals could even worry Senegal. But when 33 minutes of the second part were played, he got more than a discount.

Celebrations in Dakar for Senegal's victory over Qatar.  Photo: AP

Celebrations in Dakar for Senegal’s victory over Qatar. Photo: AP

Muntari, who had entered in the second half, scored the first goal in Qatari history in the World Cup with a shocking header that left Mendy, the English Chelsea goalkeeper, without a chance. The illusion that the discount aroused lasted just five minutes: at 38, Dieng received inside the area from the right and buried it with a crossed shot.

Senegal won, dreams of qualifying for the round of 16 and there was a party in the streets of Dakar.


look also

Leave a Reply