After twelve years preparing for the 2022 World Cup, they became the first eliminated. Qatar is officially the first team eliminated from the World Cup after losing its first two group stage matches.
Senegal delivered the hosts’ second defeat on Friday by capitalizing on a Qatari defensive error for the first goal of their 3-1 win.
Qatar’s elimination from their World Cup, after less than a week of competition, was confirmed with the 1-1 draw between the Netherlands and Ecuador in the other Group A game.
Qatar’s is the worst performance by a host country in the 92-year history of the world’s largest national team tournament.
Thus, Qatar joins South Africa as the only host teams to have lost in the group stage, although in 2010 the Africans recorded a win and a draw in their three games.
According to estimates, the emirate has spent around $220 billion organizing the tournament, but has found that wealth cannot buy a top-tier team.
Senegal and the victory against Qatar
The African champions, for their part, got into the fight for a spot in the round of 16 after collecting their first three points. The Netherlands and Ecuador, with a loss and a draw each, lead the group with four points.
Forward Boulaye Dia scored the first goal after Qatari defender Boualem Khoukhi tried to clear a ball without having an opponent on the lookout. Khoukhi mishit the ball and fell. Dia, a player from Salernitana in Italy, did not forgive with a right-footed shot to make it 1-0.
Famara Diedhiou made it 2-0 early in the second half by heading in from a corner kick.
Qatari substitute Mohammed Muntari gave the hosts a glimmer of hope by finishing with a header in the 78th minute, but Senegal restored their two-goal lead six minutes later through Bamba Dieng.
It was the first victory of an African team in this World Cup. Senegal is playing without star Sadio Mané, who was ruled out with an injury he sustained while playing for Bayern Munich.
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