Both teams will be desperate for a win as Group A resumes at the World Cup this afternoon. Both of these teams have lost their first games and cannot afford another defeat here if they are to reach the knockout stages. Qatar, in particular, will be keen to show that their years of preparation for a home tournament have not been in vain after a poor opener attempt against Ecuador in last weekend’s opener.
Meanwhile, Senegal delivered a much livelier display against the Netherlands, but the result – a 2-0 defeat – was the same as they lacked noticeably at the forefront without injured superstar Sadio Mane and scored twice in the finale in a heartbreaking twist. Defending champions Africa must focus quickly in their attempts to emulate their 2002 vintage, which memorably reached the quarter-finals in their World Cup debut.
With the Netherlands v Ecuador likely to be a shootout for top spot in the group afterward, the stakes are very high in this one. Follow Qatar vs Senegal live below, with expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Al Thumama Stadium.
Senegal worries for Kouyate and Diallo
Cheikou Kouyate suffered an ankle injury in Senegal’s defeat by the Netherlands, with Aliou Cisse confirming after the match that the experienced midfielder needed further checkups after being carried off on a stretcher.
Abdou Diallo also went out in that match with another injury, although Cisse is hopeful both can be fit for today.
Qatar reflects on the changes
Having failed to score a shot on target against Ecuador, there could be changes for the Qatari squad for the second match of the tournament, although Felix Sanchez is not thought to be dealing with fresh injury concerns.
Saad Al Sheeb had a difficult night in goal, but a switch to Meshaal Barsham does not look likely.
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be broadcast free-to-air and live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 12:45 GMT.
Live broadcast: The BBC iPlayer will broadcast the game live online.
Welcome to LIVE coverage of Qatar vs Senegal!
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of the 2022 World Cup as matches continue to get packed and fast paced in Qatar.
Today’s second episode comes from Al Thumama, where hosts Qatar and Senegal battle it out in a desperate attempt to avoid another defeat in Group A that would surely rule them out of the round of 16 race with a game to spare.
Kick-off this afternoon is 13:00 GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest team and match build news, with live minute-by-minute updates to follow and expert analysis of Nizaar Kinsella on the pitch.