Van Gaal – The Netherlands have put a ‘full stop’ on the non-playing issue in Qatar

A place in the last 16 is on offer for the winning team when Ecuador and the Netherlands meet in Group A this afternoon. The South American side impressively beat Qatar 2-0 in their 2022 World Cup opener and know that a second win of the day will see them safely into the knockout stages. The same can be said of the Netherlands who left him late in their opener against Senegal before eventually collecting all three points.

Enner Valencia is a current player for Ecuador, scoring both goals at Al Khor, and putting in a formidable center forward form. He is also the captain of the team and will need to match his previous form if his team hopes to beat the Netherlands this afternoon.

Louis van Gaal’s side shared their goals with lauded forward Cody Gakpo and midfielder Davy Klaassen the scorers of the late goals against Senegal on Monday. Team Europe is favored to go far in this tournament having missed out on the 2018 edition and securing knockout football with one game to spare will see them live up to their pre-tournament hype.

Both sides will have a good view of how Group A plays out as this match takes place after the must-win Qatar and Senegal clashes.

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Qatar 0-2 Senegal

63 minutes: Save! Edouard Mendy was furious at Hassan’s long-range effort and he’s pissed off again after coming to resuce for Senegal.

Qatar flicked the ball into the box and Almoez Ali cut in between the centre-backs, brought the ball down on his chest, then directed a left-footed effort towards the near bottom corner.

The ball slipped in but Mendy’s low, full length dive pushed it wide from the upright!

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:28


Qatar 0-2 Senegal

60 minutes: Hello! Abdelkarim Hassan received the ball about 25-30 yards from goal and Senegal gave him time to get hold of the ball. There wasn’t much for the midfielder to do, so he rolled the ball to the right and fired a beautiful shot at goal!

He caught it well and just wide of the far post with Edouard Mendy jumping to make sure the ball didn’t slip through.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:26


Qatar 0-2 Senegal

57th minute: Qatar’s free-kick converted into the area and the knockout fell nicely to Hassan who tipped the ball towards goal only for his effort to be blocked. Senegal who scurry the ball clear.

Qatar has more men up front and Senegal is giving them room to run.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:20


Qatar 0-2 Senegal

54th minute: Hassan Al-Haydos is not happy with the referee. Ismail Jakobs got Ismail Mohamad’s leg out from under him as the Qatari defender swept down the right.

The referee awarded a free kick but Al-Haydos insisted that the card be shown.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:18


Qatar 0-2 Senegal

min 51: That’s what Senegal needed. The second goal to give themselves a cushion in the game and to reignite their World Cup campaign after their opening defeat to the Netherlands.

Qatar has nothing to lose now. They have to at least pull this game out to stay in the tournament, so it’s best to throw a player on the court and take the game to Senegal.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:14


TARGET! Qatar 0-2 Senegal (Died, 48′)⚽️

48th minute: Famara Diedhou adds one second!

This is a beautiful goal from Senegal. They won a corner and swung a quick cross down the middle. Diedhou ran at the near post, overtook the marker and fired a header into the far bottom corner!

Senegal doubled their lead and look to be in full control of the game now.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:11


Second round: Qatar 0-1 Senegal

Kick off: Senegal started the second half at the Al Thumama Stadium. No changes are made during the break. What can the team conjure up during the second 45 minutes.

Remember whoever lost today is out of the World Cup.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:09


Iran struck too late to leave Wales on the brink after Wayne Hennessey received his first ever World Cup red card

“Don’t take me home” became the national anthem of Wales in 2016 but the danger is they will book their flights soon. The final play felt like a fatal blow to their hopes of extending their stay in Qatar, goals in the 98th and 101st minutes earned Iran a well-deserved win but thanks to a combination of upright, the most marginal offside and some inspired goalkeepers, they seem to be turned down.

But Wayne Hennessey’s day will not be remembered for his dismissal of Sardar Azmoun and Saeid Ezatolahi, who looked so important at the time.

If Wales had World Cup history on their minds, it would always be 1958, not 1982 or 2010. Then Hennessey offered echoes of Toni Schumacher in the semifinals 40 years ago and Nigel de Jong in the final in South Africa to get the sending off they somehow made it through. – despite when, ridiculously, the referee initially just ordered it before it was sent to the monitors – and the first red card of the 2022 tournament with the highest and most recent challenge was seen in Qatar.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:06


HT Qatar 0-1 Senegal

Will Senegal be able to maintain this lead against Qatar? The African champions haven’t really ruled this tournament but the hosts haven’t exactly been a threat.

Qatar have not had a shot on target in a game and a half in the World Cup.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 14:02


HT Qatar 0-1 Senegal

Boulaye He put Senegal ahead after a poor clearing effort from Boualem Khouki.

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Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 13:56