December 2, 2022

Qatar may swap out first-choice goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb for today’s crucial World Cup meeting with Senegal in Group A.

A 2-0 defeat to Ecuador on Sunday saw Qatar become the first host nation to ever lose their opening game of the tournament, and will be the first team eliminated should they suffer the same fate in Al Thumama this afternoon.

Goalkeeper Al Sheeb was arguably the most shakey during his country’s World Cup debut, in which nerves appeared to get the better of them, with Meshaal Barsham now in contention to start.

Senegal also lost their opener 2-0, with two late goals from the Netherlands, and another dodgy goalkeeping performance from Edouard Mendy. He will keep his place but there could be changes in front of him.

Cheikhou Kouyate was forced off against the Dutch and has a thigh muscle tear, while defender Abdou Diallo has similar problems. Head coach Aliou Cisse could also bring in extra firepower in the form of Marseille forward Bamba Dieng.

Qatar predicted XI: Al Sheeb, Al-Rawi, Khoukhi, Hassan, Miguel, Hatem, Boudiaf, Al-Haydos, Ahmed, Ali, Afif

Senegal predicted XI: E Mendy, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Toure, N Mendy, Gueye, Cisse, Diatta, Dieng, Sarr, Dia

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