Hosts Qatar on the brink of elimination after losing 3-1 to Senegal

DOHA — Hosts Qatar are out of the World Cup after losing 3-1 to Senegal at Al Thumama Stadium on Friday despite Mohamed Muntari scoring Qatar’s first-ever World Cup-winning goal. Exodus is imminent.

A win or draw for the Netherlands against Ecuador, who beat Qatar in the opening game of the tournament, will ensure Qatar become the first team to be mathematically eliminated from the competition on Friday.

Qatar quickly turned to Senegal and when Ismaila Sarr beat Akram Afif they should have taken a penalty, but Spanish referee Antonio Mateu waved off their pleas and the video assistant referee ( VAR) ) did not intervene.

With Qatar defending so well, it took either a moment of magic or a devastating mistake for Senegal to break the deadlock, but unfortunately it was the latter for Qatari defender Boualem Kooki.

His attempt to clear Klepin-Diatta’s routine low pass into the box failed miserably as he fell to the ground without proper contact with the ball.

A fluffy effort from Khoukhi saw Dia storm in and the 26-year-old striker rattled the ball at the near post to give Senegal the lead.

With the Qatari crowd somewhat thin at the start of the second half, Famara Didu doubled Senegal’s advantage with a brilliant header from Ismail Jacobs’ corner in the 48th minute.

Muntari narrowed the gap in the 78th inning with a bullet header from Ismail Mohammad’s cross, but Senegal substitute Bambadieng scored his team’s third shot to keep Qatar bottom of Group A on zero points. sank.

Philip o’connor