Qatar vs Senegal in the second round of Group A fixtures at the 2022 World Cup is a must-win game for both teams.
Each was beaten in their respective opening game, with Qatar outplayed by a vibrant Ecuador in the tournament’s curtain raiser on Sunday. Senegal, meanhwile, lost against Netherlands the next day.
The World Cup is not yet over for either of these teams. But victory here, in what each will now likely see as their most favourable fixture, is crucial going into the final round of group games.
Qatar vs Senegal H2H Results (All Time)
This is the first time Qatar and Senegal have ever faced each other.
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Qatar team news
Qatar are fully fit ahead of this one, with no injuries reported after the Ecuador game.
Qatar Starting 11 (3-5-2): Al-Sheeb; Al-Rawi, Khoukhi, A. Hassan; Miguel, Hatem, Al-Haydos, Boudiaf, Ahmed; Afif, Ali
Bench: Y. Hassan, Barsham, Salman, Abulsallam, Al-Hadhrami, Mashaal, Kheder, Mohammad, Madibo, Assadalla, Al-Hajri, Mazeed, Alaaeldin, Waad, Muntari
Senegal team news
Cheikhou Kouyate and Abdou Diallo both had to go off injured in Senegal’s opener and could be doubts for this one.
The obvious absence of Sadio Mane, who withdrew from the squad four days before the Netherlands game, is still a bitter blow.
Senegal Starting 11 (4-3-3): E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Jakobs; P. Sarr, N. Mendy, I. Gueye; I. Sarr, Dia, Diatta
Bench: S. Dieng, Gomis, Diallo, Kouyate, N’Diaye, F. Mendy, Ballo, Ciss, Name, P. Gueye, M. Ndiaye, I. Ndiaye, Diedhiou, Jackson, B. Dieng
Both countries lost by a 2-0 score-line in the first set of group games. But Senegal played arguably the higher quality opposition and have players proven at a higher club level – even without the loss of talisman and natonal hero Sadio Mane.
Qatar looked poor in their first ever World Cup game and reversal of those fortunes seems unlikely.
Prediction: Qatar 0-1 Senegal
Ben White leaves England World Cup squad due to ‘personal reasons’
Arsenal star Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.
The defender didn’t make an appearance in any of the Three Lions group stage games, and has now left the squad due to ‘personal reasons’.
In a statement released by England, the Three Lions confirmed the news: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.
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“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.”
White has enjoyed a fantastic domestic season with Arsenal, becoming the club’s first choice right-back – and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League – as the Gunners have gone from top four challengers to table-toppers.
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France, who have already secured a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup 2022, play Tunisia on Wednesday in their final Group D matchup.
In the meantime, the African nation is last in the standings and must defeat the current champions to advance to the knockout stages.
Poland XI (4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski
Argentina XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez, Di María
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