“Disappointment”.. The Qatar national team is struggling to overcome defeat and withstand Senegal

The burden will be great on Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, in its endeavor to maintain its hopes of competition when it faces Senegal at Al-Thumama Stadium, while the Netherlands and Ecuador aim to approach qualification when they face off at Khalifa Stadium, in the second round of Group A competitions that will be held on Friday.

The owners of the land lost their inaugural match against the Ecuadorian national team, with two goals to zero, on Sunday, at Al-Bayt Stadium, in a fall that increased pressure on the Qataris after they became the first host to lose their first match.

After the Qatari national team was isolated for six months in Europe in a preparation camp for the World Cup, Spanish coach Felix Sanchez acknowledged the failure. It was bad and they conceded two goals.”

The loss against Ecuador opened the door to questions about the defect that afflicted the host, after weaving remarkable successes in recent years, starting with the continental title, and completing it with the accumulation of various continental experiences, as well as technical stability that reached 5 years under the leadership of Spanish coach Felix Sanchez, who pointed fingers at him. The accusation after the lackluster appearance.

Majed Al-Khulaifi, editor-in-chief of the Doha Stadium newspaper, told AFP that the coach failed to remove the traces of fear and fear in the opening match. It corrects between halftime all its causes.

Al-Khulaifi added, “Sanchez did not deal with the second half properly, and did not make the necessary substitutions, especially for those who did not appear at their level due to fear and fear.”

Al-Khulaifi, the current analyst and former administrator, confirms that “the Ecuador match is the only one that we considered within reach or that we have 50 percent chances in it, so there is great disappointment.”

‘Not the end of hopes’

Everyone thought the loss to Ecuador was a setback, but Qatari right-back Pedro Miguel told AFP after the match that “this is not the end of hopes.”

He added, “Yes, the loss is tough, but we have two matches ahead, and the doors are still open to the possibility of qualifying. If we pass through Senegal, we will do everything in the last match” against the Netherlands.

Like the Dutch, the Qataris may take advantage of the absence of Senegalese striker Sadio Mane due to injury, and impose a rhythm on the match from its inception.

On the other hand, after the shock of its loss to Mane, Senegal seeks to compensate for its fall in its first appearance as African champion (2021), and to maintain its chances, led by Aliou Cisse, to cross to the second round, as in the previous version.

In addition to Mane, the Senegalese Football Association announced, on Wednesday, that midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate suffers from “invisible inflammation” in the right thigh and will be “probably unavailable” to face Qatar, after the English player Nottingham Forest was injured during the match against the national team.

The Senegalese Federation pointed out that another player was injured during the match against the Netherlands, which is Abdou Diallo, the German Leipzig player, but he only suffers from contractions.

Holland to assert superiority

In a related context, the Dutch national team made a successful return to the World Cup finals, after being absent from the 2018 edition, thanks to goals from Cody Khakpo and Davy Claassen.

The Netherlands was absent from the 2018 edition after finishing runner-up in the 2010 edition, led by Bert van Marwijk, and third in 2014, led by its current returning coach Louis van Gaal.

With this victory, the “Orange” preserved its unbeaten record for the sixteenth match in a row, since Van Khal was appointed in the summer of 2021 as coach for the third time, after the disappointment of leaving the European Cup final price.

In front of Ecuador, the Netherlands will seek to approach qualification if it snatches the three points, raising its tally to six.

“We know we can and must do better,” said Virgil van Dijk, the heart of the “mills” defense.

And the Liverpool player added that against Senegal, “we sometimes over-imposed things offensively, and often left ourselves vulnerable to the Senegalese counter-attacks. This is an area we need to improve because it is an art that our next opponent, Ecuador, is good at. But I am optimistic because I feel that we will improve.”

And the pursuit of the three points is the same for the Ecuadorians, who imposed their rhythm in the first match against Qatar, and settled it in their favor with the goals of Ener Valencia, in his fourth World Cup participation.

Valencia became the fifth player to score a double in the opening match during this century, after German Miroslav Klose (2006) against Costa Rica, Costa Rican Paulo Wanchop in the same match, Brazilian Neymar against Croatia in the 2014 edition, and Russian Denis Cheryshev against Saudi Arabia in the 2018 World Cup Russia. .

The last match for Ecuador will be against Senegal on Tuesday, at Khalifa Stadium, while the Netherlands will conclude the group competitions in the last round against Qatar at Al Bayt Stadium.

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