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Will Qatar be the first host to be knocked out before playing their last knockout game?


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Eleven years and eleven months ago Qatar was chosen as the venue for the World Cup 2022. From that moment on, the Middle Eastern country not only laid the foundations to organize the best championship in the history of said competition, but they also wanted their team to live up to it. A lot was invested and there have been improvements – in 2019 they won their first Asian Cup title – but they still have huge gaps to compete at a world level. Consequently, today the host says goodbye to the tournament without pain or glory.

Many thought that his discreet performance against Ecuador was a product of the nervousness of the opening match. The absurd turnovers and poor vision of the game could be in the past for their next game against Senegal. This did not come to pass. The ‘Leones de Teranga’ had no mercy and beat the hosts 3-1. With this they added their first victory in the championship and they expect a victory for the Netherlands against the ‘Tri’ to define their pass to the round of 16 on the last date. On Qatar’s side, they still have a mathematical chance of staying alive.

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It took 40 minutes for the Africans to settle into the game. Although they had the most possession of the ball, they failed to be dangerous. His attacks ended up being predictable. Just as it seemed at its premiere, Aliou Cissé’s team missed the Bayern Munich star Sadio Mané. Until Qatari inexperience gave them a hand. Boulaye Dia took advantage of an innocent rebound left in the area by a local defender and did not spare goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham.

Already in the complement, Senegal increased the difference to 48 ‘. After taking a corner, Famara Diedhiou got ahead of the maroon defense. With a perfect header, the Alanyaspor footballer changed the direction of the ball and sent it to the far post, making Barsham’s stretch useless, who conceded his fourth goal in the competition.

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When it seemed that the African squad would stretch the score, something that Ecuador could not do, Mohammed Muntari (78′) appeared to ruin their plans. He scored Qatar’s first goal in a World Cup. The midfielder rose above the Senegalese defense and placed an unreachable header for Edouard Mendy. The joy was short-lived. Six minutes later Bamba Dieng made it 3-1 definitive and brought down the curtain on the match and on the Qatari participation.

Numbers to ponder

Qatar’s discreet foray can be supported by its statistics. One of the most important is that they only finished seven times on goal against Ecuador (5) and Senegal (10). They will have to shoot the netherlands twice to at least match the worst record in World Cup history, held by Costa Rica (1990) and New Zealand (2010).

Their low offensive force established them as the organizing country that took the longest to evoke their first sacred cry. They were 168 ‘, surpassing Mexico in thirty three minutes in the 1970 World Cup.

Despite the fact that they are already eliminated from football, the numbers still do not add up so that their elimination from the 2022 World Cup can be officially announced. If Ecuador manages to score at least one point against the Netherlands, this will have been consummated. In case that happens, the Qatari team will be the first host to be left out after the first two games.

Source: Elcomercio

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