Hosts Qatar were eliminated from just two World Cup matches after losing 3-1 to Senegal at Al Thumama Stadium.
Qatar qualified bottom of Group A with one match to go, and became the first team to exit the tournament after the Netherlands avoided defeat by Ecuador later on Friday.
Boulay Dia (41) and Famara Didio (48) struck either side of the first half to take control of Senegal as they began to respond to their opening night defeat by the Netherlands.Read:What is it really like in Qatar, fan experience, beer and food prices, stadium atmosphere to day
Mohamed Muntari narrowed the difference (78) with a historic first goal in the World Cup finals for Qatar, but the unexpected return of the hosts lasted only six minutes, as Ahmedou Dieng restored Senegal’s lead with two goals (84).
Big moments in the game…
- 33 minutes: Appeals against Qatar’s penalty were ignored after Akram Afif decided against Ismaila Sarr
- 40 min: Senegal’s Boulay Diaa shot ahead after a defensive error by Boualem Khoukhi
- 48 min: Famara Didiu’s header near the post doubles Senegal’s lead
- 62 minutes: Al-Moez Ali scores the first Qatari shot on goal in the World Cup, but Edouard Mendy saves it
- 67 minutes: Ismail Mohamed’s forces marvel at Edward Mendy’s rescue
- 78 minutes: Mohamed Muntari managed to reduce the goal with Qatar’s first goal in the World Cup finals
- 84 min: Ahmedou Dieng restores Senegal’s lead
Senegal leaves host Qatar on the verge of being knocked out
After their World Cup debut against Ecuador, Qatar’s improvement against Senegal was evident, despite their lack of attacking threat in a one-sided first half.Read:Gary Neville urges Harry Maguire to visit Man Utd doctor after England backlash
The hosts felt that a penalty should have been awarded when Akram Afif was knocked down by Ismail Sarr in the area, but the referee, Antonio Mateu Lahoz, ignored the appeals.
Qatar were four minutes away from reaching the second half when Senegal took the lead, Dia attacking the defensive blunder of Boualem Khoukhi to slot home the first goal at the near post.
Senegal doubled their lead within three minutes of the restart when Dideo deftly slotted home a corner kick but ruled Qatar disqualified.
But the hosts moved brilliantly, scoring their first two tries on goal in a World Cup final as Edouard Mendy made two saves to save Moez Ali and Ismail Mohamed in the space of five minutes.Read:Cardiff Rugby beat Munster as Taulupe Faletau’s stunning debut seals win
The Qatari pressure eventually paid off 12 minutes from time when Muntari rose high and headed gracefully for his country’s first World Cup goal, but the celebrations were short-lived, as Dieng restored Senegal’s two-goal advantage from 12 yards out to leave the hosts staring at an early exit.
Sanchez: Qatar should not be called a failure
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said his team should not be described as a “failure and disappointment” after losing their second match in the group stage, a result that puts the World Cup hosts on the brink of elimination from the tournament.
“I think we played a good game,” said Sanchez. “When you come here, you have to know where you come from. If this is a failure and a disappointment, it depends on the expectations.
“Our aim was to be competitive… We worked for months to be able to perform well. But sometimes the game doesn’t go as you expect. It also depends on the opponents’ performance. We didn’t play at our highest level. We were competitive but we We didn’t get better.”
What does the score mean?
The second defeat of Qatar in the 2022 World Cup leaves them at the bottom of Group A without points, while all other teams in the group have three points.
A win or draw for the Netherlands against Ecuador, who beat Qatar in the opening match of the tournament, later on Friday, will see Qatar become the first team to be mathematically eliminated from the competition.
In the last matches of Group A, Qatar will meet the Netherlands, and Ecuador will meet Senegal on Tuesday at 3 pm.
Qatar makes a strong case for the worst World Cup hosts
Sky Sports Laura Hunter:
Hosts Qatar are coming perilously close to World Cup elimination after suffering yet another embarrassing defeat. Senegal are barely out of third gear. There were small crumbs of relief; Qatar really raised their game in the second half, creating a believable flurry of chances before scoring Well-crafted goal.
But there is the distinct possibility that they will become the first host nation to exit a World Cup tournament having played just two matches. Manager Felix Sanchez put Qatar’s opening-night loss on ‘nerves’. There can be no excuses for this. .
“The Gulf country, which has come under much scrutiny and criticism off the field, had never qualified for a World Cup before winning the right to host this tournament 12 years ago, and its footballing deficit has done nothing to divert attention from that fact. The gap in quality is simply too colossal. They’re throwing the party but will almost certainly be the first to leave.”
Qatar Makes History – Opta Statistics
- Qatar became the first host country to lose two matches in one round of the World Cup.
- Mohamed Muntari scored Qatar’s first World Cup goal in their second match and from their 12th shot.
- Qatar became the third host nation to concede three goals in a single group stage match, after South Africa in 2010 and Russia in 2018 (they beat Uruguay 3-0).
- Senegal became the first African team to defeat the host nation in a World Cup; All four previous cases saw an African team facing its hosts lose on aggregate by a score of 12-2.