Coach Felix Sanchez shared with Vn88.cx newspaper that Qatar will play with the highest determination when confronting Senegal but also prepare mentally for the worst case.
“Qatar is a small country hosting the World Cup. We have prepared ourselves for the possibility of being eliminated, but this does not mean that all football projects in Qatar must also stop. I believe that The Qatar team will continue to work on other projects to maintain a strong and competitive team for the upcoming tournaments,” Vn88 mobile quoted coach Felix Sanchez as saying.
The captain of the Qatar team appeared with a pensive face at the press conference before the match against Senegal. His team disappointed when they lost 0-2 to Ecuador in the opening match of the World Cup, causing many fans to leave the field with about 20 minutes remaining.
When asked about the preparation for the second match, coach Sanchez had a quick interview with Vn88cx sport “I hope the players play without any pressure. The match is controlled by many factors but things are controlled by many factors. The most important thing is that we have to do our best. We didn’t bring joy to the fans, but we tried to avoid the negative mood these days.”
The loss to Ecuador made Qatar the first host to lose in the opening match of the World Cup. The defending Asian Cup champion also faces the risk of becoming the fourth host in history to be eliminated in the first round, after Switzerland (1954), Chile (1962) and South Africa (2010).
Meanwhile, the information that Vn88 has posted, midfielder Ismail Mohamed said that Saudi Arabia’s victory has aroused the jealousy of the Qatar players. Saudi Arabia stunned the football world with a 2-1 comeback against Argentina.
“Definitely the Saudi results make us jealous. We want to give our best, no matter what happens off the pitch,” said Mohamed.
In the opening match of Group G of the 2022 World Cup on the afternoon of November 24, Breel Embolo scored to help Switzerland beat his hometown Cameroon 1-0.
Summary of sports news from Vn88.cx Embolo scored with a cushion in the 49th minute. After the ball hit Cameroon, the 25-year-old striker refused to celebrate the goal. Embolo was born in Cameroon in 1997. When he was 6 years old, he moved with his mother to Switzerland. Embolo has been with the Swiss national team since 2015.
In the match on the evening of November 24, Cameroon started better than Switzerland. The African representative continuously launched sharp counter-attacks. Had they shot better, they could have scored.
Commentator of sports newspaper Vn88 mobile, 10 minutes, Cameroon missed the first opportunity. After the counter-attack, Toko Ekambi shot over the bar in front of an open goal. Five minutes later, it was Eric Choupo-Moting’s turn to eat. The striker who is on the rise with Bayern this season is not strong enough to face goalkeeper Sommer.
In the first half, Switzerland did nothing but set-pieces. Arsenal star midfielder Granit Xhaka could not prevent Cameroon from taking the initiative on the field.
The game suddenly turned around from the beginning of the second half. Taking advantage of a moment of distraction from the Cameroon defense, Switzerland scored the decisive goal. After the cross from the right wing, Embolo comfortably put the ball into the net of goalkeeper Onana.
The opening goal helped Switzerland play better in the remaining minutes. Due to the rise to find the equalizer, Cameroon began to reveal weaknesses in midfield and defense. In the 67th minute, Switzerland nearly raised the score to 2-0. Ruben Vargas finished close, but couldn’t beat Onana.
Attempts to attack only give Cameroon one more chance. However, Choupo-Moting missed with a narrow corner to turn on goalkeeper Sommer.
In the last 15 minutes, Switzerland actively played slow. They retreated into a formation that limited the opponent’s space. Cameroon has a lot of difficulties with this style of play. On the other hand, the African team showed signs of giving up after being unable to overcome the defense led by Manuel Akanji, defender of the Man City club.
The win over Cameroon was a good start for Switzerland. In the remaining two matches of Group G, they will face Brazil and Serbia. Meanwhile, Cameroon needs to beat Serbia in the next match and decide to fight Brazil in the last match.