Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse urged his attackers to be more clinical in front of goal after they lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their opening match of the World Cup at Al Thumama Stadium on Monday.
Late goals by Cody Gakpo and substitute Davy Klaassen stretched Netherlands' unbeaten record under coach Louis van Gaal to 16 matches and secured them the second spot in Group A.
Senegal, who are without injured striker Sadio Mane at the tournament, are third above hosts Qatar, who were beaten 2-0 by group leaders Ecuador in the tournament opener.
Playing with Boulaye Dia as the lone striker and an attacking trio of Ismaila Sarr, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Krepin Diatta, the African champions had only four of their 15 shots on target.
"We are disappointed to have not scored, we had two or three very good chances," Cisse told reporters. "We needed to be more effective in front of goal.
"Ismaila and Krepin are responsible there, but of course, the absence of Mane is a problem for us... Our attackers are good and we know what they are capable of.
"It was a challenging game... We need to work on it (scoring goals) with Ismaila and the others. We expect a lot from him and Krepin."
Senegal World Cup 2022 squad
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Alfred Gomis, Seny Diang
Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly, Pape Abou Cisse, Abdou Diallo, Fode Ballo Toure, Youssouf Sabaly, Ismail Jakobs, Formose Mendy
Midfielders: Pape Matar Sarr, Pape Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Moustapha Name, Loum Ndiaye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Krepin Diatta, Pathe Ciss
Forwards: Ismaila Sarr, Bamba Dieng, Boulaye Dia, Famara Diedhiou, Ilman Ndiaye, Nicolas Jackson
Who is their star man?
With Mane ruled out, another member of the squad such as Everton's Idrissa Gueye to step up.
What are Senegal's chances?
Dubbed the Lions of Teranga, Senegal’s World Cup team may well prove a dark horse.
They will navigate the tournament under the stewardship of Aliou Cissé, the team’s former captain who as a player led them to the Africa Cup of Nations final in 2002. After taking up managerial duties, his squad won the tournament this year and reached the final in 2019. A former defensive midfielder at Birmingham City and Portsmouth, he has coached Senegal for seven years now and seems to operate a well-oiled machine.
What are Senegal’s fixtures?
What is Senegal’s World Cup record?
The African champions secured their place at the tournament with a 1-0 win over Egypt in the qualification play-offs in March.
Senegal advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2002 Fifa World Cup, making history for the continent, overcoming the defending world champions France and drawing with Uruguay, before losing to Turkey in the quarter-finals.
They won their first international trophy at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
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Senegal are currently a best price of 425/1 to win the World Cup.