out of the field, crusader costumes are the latest banned items, though honestly I’m playing the world’s smallest fiddle to anyone in this gruff, insensitive wake. Here’s a guide to what’s not allowed.
Fancy a little Senegal nostalgia? What do you think of one of the best games in Japan and South Korea 2002?
Reading at your lunch time:
Goal! Wales 0-2 Iran. It gets worse for Robert Page’s team, but Iran deserves it – they were excellent. A full time.
Back to thisAnd those line-ups: Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb makes way for Meshaal Barshim, unsurprisingly after his tense display against Ecuador. For Senegal, Ismael Jacobs enters defense for the injured Cheikhou Kouyaté and replaces Papa Abou Cissé with Famara Didiou.
Goal! Wales 0-1 Iran – Iran won it in the end.
Qatar: Barshim, Pedro Miguel, Mohamed, Khokhi, Abdel Karim Hassan, Ahmed, Al Haidos, Boudiaf, Madibo, Ali, Afif
Senegal: Edouard Mendy, Sabali, Coulibaly, Jacobs, Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Nambales Mendy, Diata, Didio, Ismaila Sarr, Dia.
Or is he? VAR checks for him and he has to go after Taremi when the attacker was clean. Wells is down to 10 men.
And in group B, An old tense confrontation has entered its final stages. With Wayne Hennessy somehow escaping with a yellow card only now…
some necessary Pre-match reading:
Hello everyone, and welcome to the second match of today’s World Cup. It pits the Asian and African champions against each other, who each lost their opening matches 0-2. At this point, you might argue, the similarities end. While Senegal looked playful and competitive against the Netherlands, particularly early on, and were slumped mainly by a lack of state of the art up front, Qatar turned in a lack of performance against Ecuador, headlights trapped in bunnies, lucky their opponents announced at half-time. All that Aspire Academy money, all those gifted spots in other tournaments, including this tournament as host, and all those obnoxious geopolitical spots – and for that?
“Emotionally, things have been very difficult, and dealing with the World Cup is completely different. I hope it will be a competitive performance against Senegal,” admitted their manager, Felix Sanchez, yesterday, adding: “We have prepared ourselves for the possibility of an early exit, but that does not mean the end of the project. I I am confident that Qatar will continue its project to maintain a strong team, compete and qualify for the upcoming tournaments.” Ah yes, the projects. Always with projects.
In any case, Qatar will almost certainly never play poorly again, and they have shown some pedigree lately. Senegal, as you can imagine, have more but they sorely missed Sadio Mane against the Dutch. They will also be sweating on the full match fitness of Cheikhou Kouyaté and Abdou Diallo, two important cogs in the squad who were forced off Monday’s game with a hard-pressed finish. As far as we can generalize, there seems to be an early pattern of African teams struggling to score despite their high quality and attacking intent. Will this pattern shift here?
It starts at 1 pm GMT.