Each groups shall be determined for a win as Group A resumes on the World Cup this afternoon. Each of those sides misplaced their opening matches and can’t afford one other defeat right here in the event that they wish to attain the knockout levels. Qatar particularly will wish to present that their years of preparation for a house match weren’t in useless following that lacklustre opening effort towards Ecuador in final weekend’s curtain-raiser.
Senegal delivered a much more spirited efficiency towards the Netherlands in the meantime, however the end result – a 2-0 defeat – was the identical as they notably lacked leading edge with out injured celebrity Sadio Mane and shipped two late objectives in a heartbreaking flip of occasions. The reigning champions of Africa have to re-focus shortly of their makes an attempt to emulate their 2002 classic, who memorably reached the quarter-finals on their World Cup debut.
With Netherlands vs Ecuador later prone to be a shootout for prime spot within the group, the stakes are very excessive on this one. Comply with Qatar vs Senegal stay under, with skilled evaluation from Nizaar Kinsella at Al Thumama Stadium.
The stadium is beginning to refill as we method kick-off.
Qatar and Senegal will each nearly actually face elimination in the event that they lose at present. It is going to be humiliation for the hosts, not to mention the African giants.
Jakobs will get the nod
Senegal additionally misplaced their opener 2-0, with two late objectives from the Netherlands, and one other dodgy goalkeeping efficiency from Edouard Mendy. He retains his place however there are adjustments in entrance of him.
Ismail Jakobs got here off the bench in Senegal’s opening 2-0 defeat by Netherlands and is afforded his first begin. Senegal supervisor Aliou Cisse swaps Jakobs in for the injured Cheikhou Kouyate and Pape Abou Cisse is changed by Famara Diedhiou.
All change between the posts
Qatar have swapped out first-choice goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb for at present’s essential recreation.
A 2-0 defeat to Ecuador on Sunday noticed Qatar turn into the primary host nation to ever lose their opening recreation of the match, and would be the first workforce eradicated ought to they endure the identical destiny in Al Thumama this afternoon.
Goalkeeper Al Sheeb was arguably essentially the most shakey throughout his nation’s World Cup debut, by which nerves appeared to get the higher of them, and Meshaal Barsham has been given an opportunity to impress in one among three adjustments.
Senegal: Edouard Mendy, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Jakobs, Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Diatta, Diedhiou, Ismaila Sarr, Dia
Subs: Seny Dieng, Formose Mendy, Cisse, Jackson, Moussa N’Diaye, Ciss, Ndiaye, Pape Sarr, Ahmadou Dieng, Gomis, Identify, Loum N’Diaye, Pape Gueye
Qatar: Barsham, Deus Correia, Mohammad, Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Ahmed, Al-Haydos, Boudiaf, Madibo, Ali, Afif
Subs: Al-Sheeb, Waad, Salman, Hatem, Alaaeldin, Assadalla, Muntari, Khoder, Muneer, Al-Hajri, Yousef Hassan, Al-Hadhrami, Gaber, Mashaal.
A primary win for Africa?
The continent shall be banking on Senegal to cease the rot and earn a primary win for an African nation at this World Cup.
“We’re nonetheless decided as a result of we all know that there’s something that we will nonetheless obtain throughout this World Cup and we nonetheless imagine in our probabilities,” Senegal captain Kalildou Koulibaly stated as they ready to tackle hosts Qatar on Friday.
Qatar are the Asian champions however their counterparts Japan and Saudi Arabia have overshadowed them by coming from behind to beat Germany and Argentina within the main shocks of the match.
Cisse desires strikers to step up
Within the absence of Sadio Mane and Cheikhou Kouyate, Senegal coach Aliou Cisse is demanding extra from forwards Ismaila Sarr and Krepin Diatta.
“We would have liked to be more practical,” he informed reporters. “Ismaila and Krepin are accountable there, however in fact, the absence of Mane is an issue for us.
“Our attackers are good and we all know what they’re able to. We have to work on it, with Ismaila and the others. We anticipate rather a lot from him and Krepin.”
Do or die for Qatar
Qatar should win this afternoon to face any practical hopes of qualification, however their lack of squad depth was uncovered towards Ecuador. Regardless of trailing 2-0 for many of the recreation, the hosts had been the one aspect to make simply two of 5 allotted substitutions.
Senegal suffered defeat to the Netherlands by an similar scoreline, with each objectives coming within the final 10 minutes. The Dutch adopted a conservative method within the Senegal recreation, recording fewer pictures than their opponents.
They may stay cautious towards Ecuador, who in two-goal Enner Valencia possess one of many six gamers tied on the prime of the Golden Boot standings.
Rating prediction: Senegal win
Senegal could have been disillusioned to concede twice late on towards the Netherlands and will have sufficient high quality to beat the hosts.
Senegal to win, 3-1.
Senegal fear over Kouyate and Diallo
Cheikou Kouyate twisted an ankle in Senegal’s defeat to the Netherlands, with Aliou Cisse confirming after the sport that the skilled midfielder required additional checks after being carried off on a stretcher.
Abdou Diallo additionally went off in that recreation with one other damage, although Cisse is hoping that each might be match for at present.