Hosts Qatar crashed out of the World Cup in the first week after suffering a second straight defeat at the hands of Senegal and draws against Ecuador and the Netherlands. Taking full advantage of Qatar’s defensive lapses, Senegal scored the first goal and defeated them 3-1 in Friday’s match.
In the other Group A match, Netherlands and Ecuador settled for Qatar’s departure by playing 1-1 draw. The Qatar team, which has been preparing for the World Cup for the last 12 years, could not survive in the tournament even for a week.
With this, Qatar became the worst performing host team in the 92-year history of the World Cup. In the first match, he was defeated by Ecuador 2–0.
On the other hand, the Senegal team, which lost to the Dutch team in the first match, brought their campaign on track with this win. Striker Boulay Dia scored the first goal by taking advantage of a mistake by Qatar defender Boualem Khaukhi.
Famara D doubled the team’s lead early in the second half. Substitute Mohamed Muntari scored for Qatar but Bamba Diang scored six minutes later to give Senegal a 3-1 lead.
South Africa, the hosts of the 2010 World Cup, was the only host team to be eliminated from the group stage. South Africa, however, won one of the three matches and drew one. Qatar spent $220 billion on hosting the World Cup for the first time but could not field a world-class football team.