Qatar’s Akram Afif appears to be like dejected. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
Qatar vs Senegal: Will the hosts be the primary to go away the social gathering?
Qatar vs Senegal (Group A)
6.30 pm, Al Thumama Stadium
Twelve years and $220 billion within the making, Qatar’s World Cup may finish within the first week itself.
The small nation-state has incurred an exorbitant value, as reported by Forbes,to host the primary World Cup within the Arab world. However they could possibly be on their means out – changing into simply the second hosts, after South Africa, to be eradicated within the group stage – in the event that they fail to get a consequence towards Senegal on Friday.
After a build-up – together with behind closed-doors friendlies that weren’t allowed to be recorded – shrouded in secrecy and intrigue, Felix Sanchez’s aspect had been an unpredictable power coming into the match. Their gamers, nonetheless, failed to indicate up for the event of their underwhelming efficiency within the match opener towards Ecuador.
They didn’t register a single shot on the right track, made various defensive errors, and had been down 2-0 throughout the first half hour, following which Ecuador went into cruise management mode to spherical out the win. A considerably higher efficiency will probably be wanted for the hosts on Friday.
Sanchez’s aspect has an unmistakable affect from Spanish soccer – various their gamers come from Al Sadd, a membership that was captained and later managed by Xavi – and regardless of exhibiting glimpses of these patterns of play, they weren’t at a aggressive degree. [Read More]
England’s Harry Kane match to face US, says Gareth Southgate
England’s Harry Kane grimaces in ache after a deal with by Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji . (AP)
England captain Harry Kane has been given the all-clear to face america in England’s World Cup Group B conflict in Al Khor on Friday after shaking off an ankle knock, supervisor Gareth Southgate confirmed.
Kane took a blow to his ankle simply earlier than halftime in England’s opening 6-2 win over Iran on Monday and was substituted late within the second half. He had scans on Wednesday however Southgate mentioned there was no critical injury and the striker was match to face the Individuals.
“He’s good. He’s labored slightly bit extra individually at present, however he’ll be again in with the group tomorrow and all good for the sport,” Southgate informed ITV in an interview.