Lucky11| FIFA World Cup: Qatar Vs Senegal
Qatar utterly failed in their match against Ecuador on Sunday, the tournament's opening match, losing 2-0 to the South American team. Lucky11 sports betting experts brings you the preview and the match details of Portugal vs Ghana. Join now for free for the best FIFA betting odds.
Their performance against CONMEBOL's least talented team was a clear indication of their status on the world stage, but fortunately for them, there is still time for them to disprove those opinions. The truth, though, is that Qatar lost its opening match, making it the first host nation in FIFA World Cup history to do so.
Not only that, but the Maroons are the first hosts since the USA's failure to do so in their 1994 semifinal loss to Brazil to not have a shot on target in a match at the championships. According to manager Felix Sanchez, his team was "nervous," and their performance did have the appearance of a team that froze under pressure.
Given that this was a team that won the Asian Cup in 2019, the fact that they appeared unable to do fundamental skills like passing and pressing raises the possibility that there was a mentality problem.
When they were invited to participate in the 2021 Gold Cup, they matched their top-scoring performance. However, attacking partners Almoez Ali and Akram Afif were spectators during the game against Ecuador. Another embarrassing loss here will just strengthen the arguments against them serving as hosts in a football-related sense, as they have yet to demonstrate that they are deserving.
Qatar struggled last weekend against the supposedly third-best team in the group; as a result, they might struggle even more this time around against a team with larger names.
Senegal hopes that controlling possession and creating enough opportunities would give them the advantage because they have recently struggled to find their scoring touch.
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