Host nation Qatar is dangerously near being eradicated from the World Cup after shedding 3-1 to Senegal on the Al Thumama Stadium.
Qatar’s hopes have been left hanging by a thread after the Friday loss that left them backside of Group A and going through elimination simply 5 days after they opened the event with a 2-0 loss to Ecuador.
The Senegal followers introduced color and noise with rhythmic drumming all through. On the identical time, the house supporters turned out in maroon shirts, with lots of the males choosing the standard Center Japanese thobe, a pristine white ankle-length tunic.
Qatar confirmed some flashes of thrilling attacking play, however the reigning Asian champions have been undone by sloppy defending that was harshly punished by a Senegalese aspect that was simply that little bit higher in each division.
With Qatar defending properly, it was going to take both a second of magic or a catastrophic mistake for Senegal to interrupt the impasse. Sadly, for Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi it turned out to be the latter. Striker Boulaye Dia scored Senegal’s first objective after Khoukhi tried to make a clearance beneath no strain earlier than falling down.
Senegal’s second objective got here simply three minutes after the break delivered by former Bristol Metropolis striker’s Famara Diedhiou header.
Mohammed Muntari diminished the deficit within the 78th with a bullet header from Ismail Mohamad’s cross for Qatar’s first-ever objective at a World Cup of their debut event, however Senegal was unruffled as they continued to out-muscle their opponents in midfield.
Because the Qatari followers have been hoping for the equaliser, Senegal’s Bamba Dieng scored his staff’s third objective, leaving the host staff backside of the group and not using a level after two video games performed.
In fact, with the Dutch nonetheless to return, the Qataris have subsequent to no probability of constructing it out of the group, however coach Felix Sanchez instructed reporters that he and his staff had by no means anticipated to set the world on fireplace, regardless of being at residence.
“Expectations have been set to provide a great efficiency and organise a great World Cup, and that’s the case,” he instructed a information convention, praising his gamers for his or her efforts.