African champions Senegal defeated Qatar 3-1 to finally save Africa’s blushes by securing the continent’s first win of the 2022 World Cup finals in a Group A tie at Al Thumama Stadium, Doha this afternoon.
Boulaye Dia gave the Terenga Lions the lead on 41 minutes; Famara Diédhiou made it 2-0 on 48 minutes; Mohammed Muntari pulled a goal back for the host country on 78 minutes, while Bamba Diengro rounded off the scoring on 84 minutes as the Africans secured their first win of the tournament, leaving the host country on the brink of exit from the tournament.
Smarting from their 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in their first game on Monday, Senegal went all out for the win that is crucial to their advancement at the tournament against the host country that needed to make amends for their opening day’s 2-0 defeat to Ecuador.
Having suffered two losses, Qatar stands no chance of progressing from the group, with nothing but pride to play for in their last group game against the Netherlands on Tuesday, November 29.
Today’s win means Senegal has rekindled hope of progressing to the second round on possible six points, making it imperative for them to go for all three points in their last game against Ecuador.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands already have one foot on the next stage as they lead Ecuador 1-0, 34 minutes into their Day 2 encounter at Khalifa International Stadium Al Rayyan, with Cody Gakpo scoring in the 6th minute.