Qatar became the first World Cup hosts to be knocked out after their first two games following a 3-1 defeat to Senegal on Friday.
It is mathematically impossible for the hosts of the 2022 World Cup to be one of the top two teams in Group A and make it to the next round, even if there is still one group stage to go. The Netherlands and Ecuador each won their first matches of the tournament – Ecuador defeated Qatar 2-0 – and drew 1-1 on Friday. They each have four points and Senegal has three after beating Qatar. Even if Qatar beats the Netherlands on Tuesday, it will not have more than three points.
Senegal kept the break with its two decisive goals. Boulaye Did scored in the 41st minute and then Famara Diedhiou scored the eventual winner just three minutes after the break. Mohammed Muntari scored for Qatar in the 78th minute, but Senegal put the game away with Bamba Dieng’s goal in the 84th minute.
Qatar had a long chance to reach the knockout rounds, but the two-game elimination is nothing short of a huge disappointment for a country that has been preparing for the World Cup for over a decade. The infrastructure of the Qatar national football team was built for the tournament and the national team played in events such as the North American Gold Cup to prepare for the World Cup.
Qatar joins South Africa as the only country to have been knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage. South Africa tied Mexico to open that World Cup, but victory over France in the final group game was not enough to advance as Mexico advanced via goal difference.
And while South Africa was an easy team to root for 12 years ago, there are undoubtedly millions of people around the world who are not dissatisfied that Qatar’s World Cup will not progress beyond the group stage, given the myriad of controversies surrounding this tournament. surround. Multiple FIFA officials received bribes to vote for Qatar to host the tournament, according to the US Department of Justice. And after Qatar won the World Cup bid, the ill-treatment of thousands of migrant workers who helped build the stadiums left a black mark on the tournament, along with the country’s poor human rights record.