Senegal picked up their first win of the 2022 FIFA World Cup by defeating the hosts Qatar 3-1 in their Group A encounter, which took place at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Friday.
Boulaye Dia profited from a defensive mistake shortly before the interval to put the Teranga Lions ahead, while Famara Diedhiou headed in well-taken corner-kick by Ismail Jakobs early on in the second half.
There was something to savour for the hosts as Mohammed Muntari headed home in the 78th minute to become Qatar’s first-ever goalscorer at the FIFA World Cup, but their joy was short-lived as Bamba Dieng fired home late on to seal the points and guarantee the win for coach Aliou Cisse’s side.
Qatar are now almost certain to end their first-ever FIFA World Cup appearance on a negative note, with a first-round exit in the group stages already looming. As for Senegal, they have earned Africa’s first victory at the 2022 Mundial in the Middle Eastern nation.
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FULL-TIME AT THE AL THUMAMA STADIUM, DOHA: Qatar 1-3 Senegal
84′ MIN: A precise cut back on the goal line from Iliman Ndiaye finds Bamba Dieng right in front of goal, and he easily buries the ball into the middle of the goal.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Qatar 1-3 Senegal (B. Dieng)
78′ MIN: It’s a first-ever World Cup goal for Qatar! Mohammed Muntari jumps highest to connect with a perfect cross from Ismaeel Mohammad and plants his close-range header into the left side of the goal. Edouard Mendy was helpless.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Qatar 1-2 Senegal (M. Muntari)
48′ MIN: Famara Diedhiou jumps highest inside the box to meet a perfectly executed corner-kick by Ismail Jakobs. His header was precise and ended up inside the left post, leaving the goalkeeper flapping in the wind.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Qatar 0-2 Senegal (F. Diedhiou)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AL THUMAMA STADIUM, DOHA: Qatar 0-1 Senegal
HALF-TIME AT THE AL THUMAMA STADIUM, DOHA: Qatar 0-1 Senegal
41′ MIN: A mistake from the defence gifted a chance to a lurking Boulaye Dia, who keeps his cool and rolls the ball into the net from close range.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Qatar 0-1 Senegal (B. Dia)
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