Can hosts Qatar fight back against Mané-less Senegal?

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Senegal will be keen to put up a good show without talisman Sadio Mane and inflict further misery on hosts Qatar.

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Who: Qatar vs Senegal, Group A
Where: Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium
When: Friday, 25 November, 7PM (16:00 GMT)
face to face: This is the first competitive match between the two countries.


Qatar, the first host country to lose their opening match in World Cup history, will be eager to prevent another loss and, as a result, an early exit from the competition by achieving a good result against Senegal, who also lost their first game. .

To keep hopes of staying in the tournament alive, both sides will need to avoid defeat before their last Group A matches on 29 November at the 40,000-capacity Al Thumama Stadium.

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There is a gap between the two sides in the FIFA rankings, with Senegal ranked 18th, while Qatar are ranked 50th.

Senegal will look to translate this into on-the-pitch success and exploit the weaknesses of the Ecuadorian team in the opening game.

The Teranga Lions, who conceded two late goals to the Oranje, need to step up their game due to goalkeeping errors and defensive weaknesses.

Qatar goalkeeper Saad El Sheeb, who had a worse time than Senegal’s Edouard Mendy in the first game, will have to hold off the expected barrage of efforts from Senegal’s attackers.

Left winger Ismaila Sarr, who consistently troubled the Dutch defense with his lazy running, dribbling and shooting, may particularly fancy his chances in a bid to make up for the loss of injured talisman Sadio Mane.

Mane, a two-time African Footballer of the Year, was injured while playing for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich when the West African nation was expected to live up to its hopes.

Coach Aliu Cisse will be hoping that his forwards in Doha are less expensive against the Qataris, who easily succumb to Ecuador on Friday.

Akram Afif of Qatar in action during the kick-off at the start of the match at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters]

Ecuador and the Netherlands, both having won their first games of the 2022 World Cup against Qatar and Senegal respectively, will each be hoping to pick up three more points from this game.

Both sides go into the game knowing that a win for either side would send that team through to the Round of 16, possibly top of the group.

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