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Senegal beat host Qatar to register first World Cup win

Senegal become the first African side at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to register a victory.

They survived a late scare to overcome persistent Qatar. The West African open up a two-goal advantage with strikes on either side of half-time

Mohammad Muntari hit back with Qatar’s first World Cup goal. Bamba Dieng wrapped up points with a late effort

Match recap – Senegal survived a second-half fright to defeat hosts Qatar and open their Group A account at this intriguing World Cup.

Qatar was markedly improved on their opening-day showing against Ecuador but conceded goals to Boulaye Dia and Famara Diedhiou on either side of half-time.

Mohammad Muntari powered home a 78th-minute header to raise the possibility of an unlikely comeback. But Bamba Dieng swept home to ease Senegal’s nerves and complete a vital victory.

Key stat

Senegal hasn’t lost any of the five World Cup matches in which they have taken the lead (W3 D2).

Quotes

Senegal defender Youssouf Sabaly: “We managed to win, and it was important after a bad start. We’ll have a second chance. We have one more final to play, so; we’ll give everything.”

Player of the Match

Boulaye Dia

Qatar 1-3 Senegal | Group A

Goals: Senegal: Dia (41), Diédhiou (48), Dieng (84)

Qatar: Muntari (78)

 

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