Qatar is threatened with the historically early end of the World Cup. The hosts lost 3-1 to Senegal.
Qatar’s national coach Felix Sanchez managed a smile, and most of the fans didn’t say goodbye to their disappointed team – at the latest with the final whistle after the World Cup hosts’ 1: 3 (0: 1) against Senegal, the great exodus of spectators started again a. For Qatar’s players, the end of the home tournament can already be mathematically sealed on Friday evening.
If the Netherlands draw at least one draw against Ecuador (5:00 p.m. CET), Qatar will have failed historically early even before the end of the preliminary round. Hosts France were last eliminated after two games at the 1938 World Cup, but back then the tournament started straight away with the round of 16 in knockout format.
“It was a better game for us than the last one,” said the Spaniard Sanchez and said of the opponents who were by no means brilliant: “They were the stronger team today.”
Boulaye Dia (41′), Famara Diedhiou (48′) and Cheikh Dieng (84′) shot the Africans to their first three points of the tournament. The African champions, in which the injured Bayern star Sadio Mane was sorely missing, have progression in their own hands. The goal by Mohammed Muntari (78th), Qatar’s first World Cup goal, was not enough for the host.
Sanchez made a remarkable change in his starting lineup ahead of the game in front of a crowd of 41,797 at Al Thumana Stadium. Goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb, who was overwhelmed against Ecuador (0:2), was replaced by Meshaal Barsham. His brother is a sports legend in the World Cup host country: Mutaz Essa Barshim won Olympic gold in the high jump in Tokyo in 2021, and he is also a three-time world champion.
Barsham sailed wide of a corner in the 14th minute, and he proved to be a risk factor in numerous other situations – as the entire Qatar defense acted nervously and erratically.
So Boualem Khoukhi provided the dominant but by no means compelling Senegalese with the perfect template for the lead. The defender couldn’t clear a harmless cross and literally stopped the ball for Dia, who completed from twelve meters.
Senegal, for which Ismail Jakobs, who was U21 European champion with Germany last year, was in the starting lineup, had previously been lucky that the team of referees around Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain did not punish an obvious foul on Qatar’s Akram Afif in the penalty area (34th minute). .).
After the change of sides, the Senegalese calmed down and Diedhiou headed in from a Jakobs corner. But suddenly the World Cup host began to believe in himself.
Qatar – Senegal: The data on the match
Qatar: Barsham – Ismail M., Khoukhi, Abdelkarim – Pedro (from 83rd M. Waad), Karim (from 69th A. Aziz), Homam (from 83rd Tarek) – Alhaydos (from 74th Muntari), Madibo – Almoez, Afif. – Coach: Sanchez
Senegal: Mendy – Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs (from 77th PA Cisse) – Gueye, N. Mendy (from 77th PM Sarr) – Diatta (from 64th PI Ciss), F. Diedhiou (from 74th Dieng), Ismaila (from 74. Loum)—B. Dia. – Trainer: Cisse
Referee: Antonio Mateu (Spain)
Gates: 0-1 Dia (41′), 0-2 Diedhiou (48′), 1-2 Muntari (78′), 1-3 Dieng (84′)
Viewers: 41,797 (at Doha)
Yellow cards: Mohamad, Ahmed, Madibo – Dia, Jakobs, Ciss