Senegal starts without one of its regular collectors, Nampalys Mendy, to try to beat Ecuador, where captain Enner Valencia is in the game, Tuesday at the al-Khalifa stadium in Doha for a place in 1/8 of 2022 World Cup final.
Usual holder, Mendy is replaced by Marseille Pope Gueye in midfield in a crucial match: the Lions must win to qualify, a draw is enough for theEcuador.
Otherwise, Aliou Cisse chose Ilimane Ndiaye in attack rather than Krepin Diatta. The young striker SheffieldUnited (22 years old) will live his fourth selection.
The coach bets on another beginner, Pathé Ciss (28 years old), who also discovered the selection in September, to replace in midfield Cheikhou Kouyatestill recovering.
Ndiaye and Ciss came into play against during the victory against the Qatar (3-1).
On the Ecuadorian side, the captain and co-top scorer of the tournament (3 goals, as Kylian Mbappe) Enner Valencia, hit in the knee, is present to snatch a second qualification for the 8th, after that of 2006 during the first participation of Ecuador.
In the middle, the experienced Carlos Gruezo, already there at the 2014 World Cup, like Valencia, replaces Jehgson Mendez, suspended after receiving two yellow cards.
The match is refereed by Frenchman Clément Turpin.
The teams :
Ecuador: Galíndez – Preciado, Torres, Hincapié, Estupiñan – Plata, Gruezo, Caicedo, Franco – Valencia, Estrada
Coach: Gustavo Alfaro (ARG)
Senegal: E. Mendy – Sabaly, Koulibaly (cap), Diallo, Jakobs – Ciss, P. Gueye, I. Gueye – I. Ndiaye, Dia, Sarr
Coach: Aliou Cisse (SEN)
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)