Both teams will be desperate for a win as Group A resumes at the World Cup this afternoon. Both of these sides lost their opening matches and cannot afford another defeat here if they want to reach the knockout stages. Qatar in particular will want to show that their years of preparation for a home tournament were not in vain following that lacklustre opening effort against Ecuador in last weekend’s curtain-raiser.
Senegal delivered a far more spirited performance against the Netherlands meanwhile, but the result – a 2-0 defeat – was the same as they notably lacked cutting edge without injured superstar Sadio Mane and shipped two late goals in a heartbreaking turn of events. The reigning champions of Africa need to re-focus quickly in their attempts to emulate their 2002 vintage, who memorably reached the quarter-finals on their World Cup debut.
With Netherlands vs Ecuador later likely to be a shootout for top spot in the group, 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 worry over Kouyate and Diallo
Cheikou Kouyate twisted an ankle in Senegal’s defeat to the Netherlands, with Aliou Cisse confirming after the game that the experienced midfielder required further checks after being carried off on a stretcher.
Abdou Diallo also went off in that game with another injury, though Cisse is hoping that both could be fit for today.
Qatar pondering changes
Having failed to register a shot on target against Ecuador, there may be changes to the Qatar team for their second fixture of the tournament, though it is not thought that Felix Sanchez has to contend with any fresh injury concerns.
Saad Al Sheeb endured a difficult evening in goal but a change to Meshaal Barsham does not seem likely.
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 12.45pm GMT.
Live stream: The BBC iPlayer will broadcast the match live online.
Welcome to Qatar vs Senegal LIVE coverage!
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage from the 2022 World Cup as the games continue to come thick and fast in Qatar.
Today’s second instalment comes from Al Thumama, where hosts Qatar and Senegal battle in a desperate attempt to avoid another Group A defeat that would surely rule them out of contention for the last-16 with a game to spare.
Kick-off this afternoon is at 1pm GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest team news and match build-up, with live minute-by-minute updates to follow and expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at the ground.