Qatar drop goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb for crunch Senegal clash


Qatar’s fans cheer for their team as they attend the World Cup Group A football match between Qatar and Senegal at the Al Thumama Stadium on Friday. AFP

Hosts Qatar dropped goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb for their must-win clash against Senegal at the World Cup on Friday, bringing in Meshaal Barsham to replace him.

Al Sheeb looked shaky in Qatar’s opening 2-0 defeat to Ecuador and conceded a first-half penalty that Enner Valencia converted.

Barsham is one of three new faces in the Qatar line-up, along with defender Isamil Mohamad and midfielder Assim Madibo. Bassam Hisham and Abdulaziz Hatem make way for them.

Senegal make two changes from their opening 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands.

Ismail Jakobs replaces Pape Abou Cisse in defence, while forward Famara Diedhiou comes into the line-up in place of Cheikhou Kouyate.


Starting line-ups:

Qatar (5-3-2)

Meshaal Barsham; Pedro Miguel, Ismail Mohamad, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Homam Ahmed; Karim Boudiaf, Assim Madibo, Hassan Al Haydos (capt); Almoez Ali, Akram Afif

Coach: Felix Sanchez (ESP)


Senegal (4-3-3)

Edouard Mendy; Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly (capt), Ismail Jakobs, Abdou Diallo; Idrissa Gana Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Krepin Diatta; Boulaye Dia, Ismaila Sarr, Famara Diedhiou

Coach: Aliou Cisse (SEN)


Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)


Agence France-Presse


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