Tournament hosts Qatar face early World Cup elimination after losing to Senegal in their Group A match on Friday.
The result means Qatar will be guaranteed exit from the tournament after the group stage if their Dutch rivals avoid defeat to Ecuador later in the day.
Qatar were beaten 3-1 by Senegal at Al Thumama Stadium after a 41st-minute goal from Boulaye Dia and second-half finishes from Famara Diedhiou and Bamba Dieng.
The hosts showed glimpses of a potential comeback as they cut the deficit to 2-1 thanks to Mohammed Muntari’s 81st-minute goal – Qatar’s first at a World Cup – but it was too little, too late then. they were following their first loss to Ecuador. with more disappointment.
After losing 2-0 to the Netherlands in their first game, Senegal are fully operational and have become the first African nation to win a game at this year’s World Cup.
Many didn’t think Qatar progressed far in their home tournament, but they will nonetheless have been disappointed with another tame performance in which they only really woke up in the latter stages.
Qatar will be looking to salvage some pride in their final Group A game against the Netherlands at Al Bayt Stadium on Tuesday, although at this stage their slim hopes of reaching the knockout stages are likely to be dashed.
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