Qatar has been eliminated from the World Cup after a 3-1 defeat to Senegal at Al Thumama Stadium.
Qatar is rooted to the bottom of Group A with one game remaining and became the competition’s first team to be eliminated after the Netherlands avoided defeat against Ecuador later on Friday.
Senegal took control with goals from Boulaye Dia (41) and Famara Diedhiou (48) on either side of halftime to reply to their opening-night loss to the Netherlands.
With a historic first goal at a World Cup championships for Qatar, Mohammed Muntari pulled one back (78). Still, the hosts’ unexpected comeback lasted only six minutes as Ahmadou Dieng restored Senegal’s two-goal lead (84).
The third goal effectively ended the game for the African team, which currently has three points from two games and is still in contention for the next round.
Significant moments in the game…
33 minutes: Qatar penalty appeals rejected as Ismaila Sarr hauled over Akram Afif
40 minutes: Boulaye Dia rifled Senegal ahead following a defensive blunder by Boualem Khoukhi
48 minutes: Famara Diedhiou’s near-post header extended Senegal’s advantage
62 minutes: Almoez Ali scores Qatar’s first goal of the World Cup, but Edouard Mendy saves
67 minutes: Ismael Mohammed uses magic to save Edouard Mendy.
78 minutes: Mohammed Muntari equalised with Qatar’s first World Cup goal
84 minutes: Senegal’s advantage was recovered by Ahmadou Dieng.
Qatar vs Senegal: Line-ups
Qatar: Barsham, Pedro Miguel, Mohammad, Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Ahmed, Al-Haydos, Boudiaf, Madibo, Ali, Afif
Senegal: Edouard Mendy, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Jakobs, Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Diatta, Diedhiou, Ismaila Sarr, Dia
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