Qatar vs Senegal FIFA World Cup Live Score 25/11/2022
The number one ranked team in Africa should be able to record a win when they face the World Cup hosts at the Al Thumama stadium Qatar will look to give their home fans something to cheer about in their second World Cup fixture against Senegal on Friday, Nov. 25. It’ll certainly be a difficult task, as Senegal is considered the top team in Africa, boasting starpower like Bayern Munich winger Sadio Mané. Can Qatar secure a result in their second match? Or will Senegal get a much-needed win after opening the tournament against Netherlands? Let’s take a look at current betting odds to fund the best bets and props for this Group A fixture between Qatar and Senegal.
When you look at this Senegal roster, you see a team loaded with talent. We’ve already mentioned Mané, but there’s also a number of players within the English Premier League. That includes goalkeeper Édouard Mendy (Chelsea), defender Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea), midfielder Idrissa Gueye (Everton), and winger Ismaïla Sarr (Watford). This team was able to capture their first African Nations Cup this past February. They look poised to go on a run in this tournament, similar to Korea/Japan 2002 when they made the quarterfinals. While Qatar has home field advantage on their side, it’s going to be difficult for them to contain Mané in this match. The good news is that they come in at decent form, drawing Chile and defeating Guatemala in recent friendlies.
Sadio Mane’s hopes of appearing in the 2022 World Cup are still hanging in the balance despite his inclusion in Senegal’s 26-man squad. The 30-year-old led his country to the Africa Cup of Nations triumph earlier this year and could cap off a momentous 12 months by featuring in the tournament in Qatar. There are still doubts, though, over whether the Bayern Munich star will be able to prove his fitness in time for Senegal’s opening group game against Netherlands on November 21. It was initially feared Mane could miss out altogether when he injured his knee during Bayern’s win over Werder Bremen on Tuesday. But Senegal boss Aliou Cisse was prepared to take a gamble by naming Mane as one of his 26 players for Qatar and remains “optimistic” the former Liverpool man will play some part.
Netherlands represent the toughest test on paper for Senegal in Group A, before they face hosts Qatar four days later, followed by Ecuador on November 29. Even if Mane could return to fitness in time for the clash against Qatar, it would give Senegal a huge boost in their attempts to qualify for the knockout stage. That seems to be in Cisse’s thinking, as he admitted the thought of leaving Mane at home for the tournament was one he could not bear to consider. “I decided to put him in the group because we experienced this with [Ismaila] Sarr during the Africa Cup of Nations,” Cisse added. The 30-year-old striker, whose decisive penalty kicks won both the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualification for his country this year, suffered an injury to his right fibula in Bayern’s 6-1 win against Werder Bremen and misses this weekend’s clash against Schalke 04.
Senegalese fans had been concerned about reports that their star striker would miss the biggest tournament in men’s football, after he went off injured after just 21 minutes of Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen on Tuesday (8 November), days before the beginning of the World Cup. Mane “took a knock to the head of his tibia. It’s always uncomfortable. He has to have an X-ray. I hope nothing is wrong,” the German club’s Manager Julian Nagelsmann said at the time, before the club confirmed the player wouldn’t play any part in their games this weekend. Mane was part of the Senegal squad at the 2018 World Cup, played all three of their games and was on the scoresheet. He also scored the winning penalty to give Senegal the Africa Cup of Nations title. They open their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on November 21.
They face hosts Qatar on 25 November, before a final group game against Ecuador on 29 November. Mane is the top scorer in Senegal football history with 34 goals and he converted the decisive penalty when his nation defeated Mo Salah’s Egypt to win the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year. Former Liverpool player Mane is one of the standout names in coach Aliou Cisse’s 26-man squad, named on Friday (11 November), joined by other world-class talents such as Chelsea’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, defender Kalidou Koulibaly, as well as Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye.
NAME: Qatar – Senegal
DATE: 25 Nov 2022
TIME: 13:00 UTC
VENUE: Al-Thumama Stadium, Al-Thumama, Qatar
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