Senegal versus Qatar was a game of blunders. Sure, Senegal sent a couple of shots wide, and their keeper had to make a big save in the game’s opening minutes. Qatar looked solid on defense and somewhat threatening on offense. But, that changed with the game’s first serious mistake.
Krepin Diatta sent a cross in from the wing in the 41st minute. When Boualem Khoukhi tried to clear it, he lost his footing, mistakenly setting the ball for a perfect strike. Boulaye Dia took full advantage of it and tapped his attempt in to score Senegal’s first goal at the 2022 World Cup.
After that, it seemed understudy keeper Meshaal Barsham lost control of the game. He came out of his box often to make acrobatic saves, but he nearly gave up a penalty once and almost abandoned his undefended goal.
Alanyaspor striker Famara Diedhiou took full advantage of the out-of-sorts defense. After positioning himself just outside of the six-yard box, he contorted his body and flicked the ball with his head. Barsham leaped up to try and save it, but he couldn’t reach the floating ball in time. Senegal 2, Qatar 0.
However, Qatar struck back. Attacking pair Akram Afif and Almoez Ali combined multiple times to put Edouard Mendy to work. Qatar’s attack suddenly came alive, and before long, Qatar had its first-ever goal at the World Cup. Ismael Mohammad sent in a perfect cross to super-sub Mohammed Muntari, who rose above Koulibaly to guide the cross into the bottom left corner. Senegal 2, Qatar 1.
Senegal quickly breached the Qatari defense yet again with an Iliman Ndiaye cross into the box. Marseille youngster Bamba Dieng worked himself free, found the ball in an open patch of grass, and neatly knocked in Senegal’s third goal.
Senegal’s 3-1 win over Qatar puts them in a better position to overtake Ecuador for second place.
A Netherlands win would let them control their own destiny and go for either a win or a draw(if they have a better goal…
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Author : Deolu Akingbade
Publish date : 2022-11-25 17:36:43
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