Qatar waited 12 years to host the World Cup, but it may have taken just six days for the host country to be knocked out. A 3-1 defeat to Senegal means Qatar are now at the mercy of the Netherlands: a win or draw against Ecuador this afternoon would consign Qatar to some unwanted World Cup history as the first host country to be knocked out after two matches.Qatar, though, did score a goal and offered much more fight in the second half than they did in their opening defeat to Ecuador.
Mohammed Muntari produced the historic moment of Qatar’s first World Cup goal with a sublime header on 78 minutes, allowing the home supporters faint hope of a comeback.
It was swiftly put to bed by Bamba Dieng six minutes later, as the substitute restored Senegal’s two-goal lead.The hosts will be left to regret not being braver from the start.
Once again, Felix Sanchez’s side lacked quality and ambition, while defensive mistakes sealed their downfall and left Qatar looking badly exposed on the pitch.Qatar may have nothing to play for in their final game against Netherlands Senegal’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages remain alive but this was not a performance to encourage much else.Read more on independent.co.uk