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.
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)
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)