FIFA World Cup World Cup 2022: Mendy Retains His place As Qatar, Senegal Confirms Starting XI

Africa Champions Senegal will be going for their first Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup win against hosts, Qatar.

Senegal and Qatar  lost their opening Group A games with the same goal margin, 2-0 to the Netherlands and Ecuador respectively.

Qatar not only made history by being the first World Cup hosts to lose their opening game, they also made history by becoming the first hosts since the United States in 1994’s round of 16 loss to Brazil to go without a shot on goal.

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The  host made some changes to the squad that lost to Ecuador with goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb is dropped while Meshaal Barsham, younger brother of reigning world and Olympic high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim, starts in goal.

Ismail Mohamad, Assim Madibo, and Bassam Al-Rawi are all replacements for the team that lost to Ecuador in the first game. Abdulaziz Hatem and Ismail Al-Rawi are the only two holdovers from that squad.

Senegal makes two adjustments from the team that fell to the Netherlands 2-0 in their previous match.

In place of Pape Abdou Cisse and Cheikhout Kouyate, Ismail Jakobs and Famara Diedhiou are substituted.

Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy of Chelsea, Nampalys Mendy of Leicester, Idrissa Gueye of Everton, and Ismaila Sarr of Watford all get the start.

Qatar XI: 

Barsham, Miguel, Mohamad, Khoukhi, Hassan, Ahmed, Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Madibo, Ali, Afif.

Senegal XI: 

Mendy, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Jakobs, Diallo, Diehhiou, Mendy, Diatta, Gueye, Sarr, Dia.


Henry Usiayo is a practicing journalists with several years of experience covering sport events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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