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Senegal supporters cheer during the Fifa World Cup group A soccer match between Senegal and the Netherlands at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Photo: EPA/Jose Sena Goulao
Senegal supporters cheer during the Fifa World Cup group A soccer match between Senegal and the Netherlands at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Photo: EPA/Jose Sena Goulao

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While beloved Bafana Bafana managed to score a penalty against Angola in a friendly game at the weekend, the serious games were taking place in Qatar where the Fifa World Cup kicked off with an anticlimactic opening ceremony and the hosting nation’s defeat. 

It was a disappointing start for a team who were said to have been in training for six months, as they now hold the unwanted record as the first host nation to lose their opening game in the history of the World Cup.

At the rate that they started, they might go on to break more records in their remaining two games.

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Without their talisman captain Sadio Mané, reigning African champions Senegal struggled to break down the stubborn Netherlands in their opening game, which they went on to lose 2-0. They are now under tremendous pressure to beat Ecuador on Friday to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages. 

And lastly, it looks like technology is taking over the game as it has, once again, taken centre stage at the World Cup.


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