Qatar 1-3 Senegal: Senegal wins the Battle of Losers
Senegal and Qatar kicked off the second game week of the World Cup's Group A while both teams lost their first match, respectively to Netherlands and Ecuador. AFCON champions triumphed over their rivals while Qatar became the fifth host to lose their back-to-back opening matches.
After losing their opening group games, Senegal faced the host, Qatar with both sides needing a win today to keep themselves in contention for a knockout place.
could become only the fifth host country to lose back-to-back matches at the World Cup after Spain, the USA, Korean Republic, and Brazil.
dominated the first half as Qatar failed to threaten their opponents despite showcasing a good defense.
finally scored the opener for the AFCON champions in the 41rd-minute taking advantage of an error by Khoukhi. Senegal doubled their lead shortly after they came back from the dressing room through a header by
in the 48th minute.
Qatar tried to break Senegal's defense for a goal as they became close in the 62nd minute after Eduard Mendy saved Ali's strike. Mendy made another save against Mohammed as the hosts continued chasing their first goal of the competition. Qataris' efforts finally paid off as they scored their first World Cup goal in the 78th minute as
headed Ismael Mohammed's cross into Mendy's goal. However, Senegal restored their two-goal lead in the 84th minute through
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