2022-11-25 07:12:59

Continents best up against a wall as Senegal and Qatar face do-or-die clash

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The Independent
By Richard Jolly

On the sixth day of the World Cup, the best of a continent will probably be lost. Senegal against Qatar pits the African Cup of Nations winners against the Asian Cup champions. The loser may be eliminated with a game to go and less than a week of the tournament played. The possibility is that officially the best sides in two huge confederations will not figure in the World Cups last 16.

It is two teams up against a wall, Senegal manager Aliou Cisse said. We are talking about two champions, the Asian champions and the African champions, and you can imagine the importance. If you lose your opening game, you are up against a brick wall. However, we do have experience under our belts and we have played other difficult games under the same level of stress and intensity. We know we need to knuckle down and pull everything together to pull out that win.

Suffer a setback and Senegals seminal 2022 would end in anti-climax. Two decades ago, Cisse captained the greatest Senegal side of all but even they never became champions of Africa. A belated first title came in February. March brought qualification for the World Cup, also at Egypts expense, also on penalties. After losing to the Netherlands on Monday, Senegal will again have to do it the hard way.

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