Qatar’s Akram Afif appears to be like dejected. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
Qatar vs Senegal: Will the hosts be the primary to depart 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. But they might 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 event. Their gamers, nonetheless, failed to indicate up for the event of their underwhelming efficiency within the event opener towards Ecuador.
They didn’t register a single shot on the right track, made numerous defensive errors, and had been down 2-0 inside the first half hour, following which Ecuador went into cruise management mode to spherical out the win. A considerably higher efficiency shall be wanted for the hosts on Friday.
Sanchez’s aspect has an unmistakable affect from Spanish soccer – numerous their gamers come from Al Sadd, a membership that was captained and later managed by Xavi – and regardless of displaying glimpses of these patterns of play, they weren’t at a aggressive stage. [Read More]
England’s Harry Kane match to face US, says Gareth Southgate
England’s Harry Kane grimaces in ache after a sort out by Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji . (AP)
England captain Harry Kane has been given the all-clear to face the United States 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 Americans.
“He’s good. He’s worked a little bit more individually today, but he’ll be back in with the team tomorrow and all good for the game,” Southgate informed ITV in an interview.