Senegal wakes up on time and sentences Qatar
The African team achieves its first victory in the World Cup and leaves the host on the brink of the abyss
MADRID, 25 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Senegal team has signed its first victory in the 2022 World Cup this Friday against the host, Qatar (1-3), on the verge of elimination after conceding its second defeat on the second day of Group A, while the Africans continue with life and put pressure on the Netherlands and Ecuador.
In the debut of the Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz in the World Cup, both teams, who had lost 0-2 on the first day, took to the field of the Estadio Al Zumama with no margin for error, aware that a defeat would mean their elimination practically. tournament math.
It was the African champion who gave the first warning, in a shot from Ismaïla Sarr that went wide after four minutes. Little by little, Aliou Cissé's team took control of the match, and was about to take the lead after the first 20 minutes had passed thanks to an action by Idrissa Gueye in which the Everton midfielder's shot from the edge of the match licked the post .
A fall in the area by Akram Afif in the 34th minute after contact with Sarr raised the first controversy of the clash, although Mateu Lahoz ruled out the penalty and ordered it to continue. And Senegal's response was not long in coming; an error in Boualem Khoukhi's clearance on the brink of half-time left the ball for Boulaye Dia to beat the Qatari goalkeeper with a cross shot (min.41).
The 'Leones de la Teranga' were in charge of sentencing the contest as soon as they returned from the locker room, in a corner kick taken by Ismail Jakobs after which Famara Diédhiou headed the ball into the back of the net (min.48).
Qatar tried to react looking for speed against the counterattack from Almoez Ali and Afif, who put Édouard Mendy to the test who thwarted three very clear chances for the hostess in a ten-minute siege that finally ended with the Qatari goal. Already in minute 78, Ismaeel Mohammad put a good cross into the heart of the area that Mohammed Muntari finished off with a header to close the gap.
However, Bamba Dieng, in minute 84, was in charge of easing the tension of the African team by taking advantage of a low cross to the penalty spot to put the final 1-3 and restore hope for the round of 16.
--RESULT: QATAR, 1 - SENEGAL, 3 (0-1, at halftime).
CATAR: Barsham; I. Mohammad, Pedro Miguel (Waad, min.83), Koukhi, A. Hassan, H. Ahmed (Salman, min.83); Boudiaf (Hatem, min. 69), Madibo; Al Haydos (Muntari, min. 74); Almoez Ali and Afif.
SENEGAL: E.Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jacobs (Cissey); Diatta (Ciss, 64 mins), Gueye, N. Mendy (Pape Sarr, 78 mins), Ismaila Sarr (Ndiaye, 74 mins); Diédhiou (Dieng, min.74) and Boulaye Dia.
0-1, min.41: Boulaye Dia.
0-2, min.48: Diédhiou.
1-2, min. 78: Muntari.
1-3, min. 84: Dieng.
--REFEREE: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP). He admonished Ismail Mohamad (min.20), Homan Ahmed (min.45 2) and Madibo (min.91) by Qatar and Boulaye Dia (min.30), Ismail Jakobs (min.52) and Pathé Ciss (min.87) by Senegal.
--STADIUM: Al Zumama.