Host nation Qatar crashed out of their very own World Cup after they had been crushed 3-1 by Senegal and Ecuador held the Netherlands to a draw.
The Gulf state, which has spent an estimated $200 billion to stage soccer’s world showpiece, develop into simply the second World Cup hosts in historical past after South Africa in 2010 to bow out within the group stage.
Senegal scored both aspect of half-time by way of Boulaye Dia and Famara Diedhiou earlier than Qatar substitute Mohammed Muntari replied within the 78th minute to arrange a dramatic finale.
The African champions’ substitute Bamba Dieng scored six minutes later to place the end result past doubt and elevate Senegal, who opened with a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands, proper again into competition in Group A.
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Qatar’s second successive defeat left the Asian champions counting on Ecuador beating the Dutch just a few hours later, however the match ended 1-1 to seal the Qataris’ destiny.
“We want to say we’re very sorry to the supporters, to the nation,” mentioned Tarek Salman, who was a second-half substitute.
“We have made them really feel unhealthy about shedding two video games in a row within the World Cup.”
“It feels very unhealthy to be out of the World Cup. I feel right this moment we performed a superb sport and within the massive video games small particulars change the sport,” he mentioned.
“We made two errors, they scored two targets however for some minutes of the sport we performed higher than them, we scored a aim. We should be taught from our errors.” Qatar had made a nervy begin to the match in a 2-0 defeat to Ecuador and so they once more seemed tentative in opposition to Senegal.
The Qataris dropped their goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb to the bench after his shaky efficiency within the opener.
His substitute Meshaal Barsham didn’t encourage a lot confidence within the early phases, flapping at a nook as Senegal pushed for the opening aim.
Ismaila Sarr and Nampalys Mendy had already missed scoring probabilities for Senegal by then, and Idrissa Gana Gueye and Youssouf Sabaly squandered extra as the primary half wore on.
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Qatar is out of competition. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP)Source: AFP
Qatar spent many of the opening 45 minutes on the again foot however a uncommon break ahead noticed Akram Afif incensed to not be awarded a penalty after he was bundled over by Sarr.
Senegal seemed like they might head into half-time with out managing to interrupt down Qatar’s resistance, just for the hosts to reward them a aim within the forty first minute.
Qatari defender Boualem Khoukhi fluffed a clearance to depart Dia to pounce on the unfastened ball and hearth it previous Barsham.
Senegal doubled their lead nearly instantly after the break when Diedhiou glanced residence a header on the close to submit from a nook.
Qatar started to point out rather more attacking ambition from two targets down and Afif was concerned in every little thing.
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Almoez Ali compelled a fingertip save out of Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy earlier than the Chelsea man once more rescued the Africans from Ismail Mohamad’s effort.
Mendy was rooted to his line when Muntari pulled one again for Qatar, powerfully heading residence Mohamad’s cross to haul the hosts again into it.
The aim lifted the group and despatched Qatar surging ahead in quest of one other, however Dieng nipped the revival within the bud within the 84th minute when he swept the ball residence for Senegal’s third.
Abdelkarim Hassan then lashed a free-kick simply extensive of the submit as Qatar tried to hit again however Senegal held agency to see out the win.
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