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The World Cup squad from the host nation of Qatar has already finished their performance

 The Qatari team's World Cup run is already finished after being eliminated on Friday, less than a week after they kicked off the competition and the inaugural Middle Eastern World Cup.

Senegal defeated Qatar 3-1 for their second consecutive World Cup loss, and a few hours later, the Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 in the other Group A match, confirming Qatar's elimination.

No matter what happens in its last match against the Netherlands, Qatar will be the quickest host nation side to exit the tournament in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

In 2010, South Africa was the only other host team that did not go past the group stage, although at least it was able to pick up two victories.

Qatar coach Félix Sánchez remarked before his team was eliminated, "If you anticipated us to go very far in this competition, then it would be a letdown." "Being competitive was our aim."

For Qatar, the signs were there from the beginning. Despite being the 2019 Asian champions, the squad appeared frazzled and outmatched in a 2-0 defeat to Ecuador last Sunday, which came immediately after a glitzy opening ceremony staged by the affluent Gulf emirate to highlight the team to the rest of the globe.

Qatar's performance on Friday was somewhat, but not much, better for a club that competes solely in the domestic league and lacks the caliber of elite quality found in nearly every World Cup roster right now.

This time, Qatar at least managed to score thanks to a second-half header from substitute Mohammed Muntari, a striker from Ghana who is one of several players on the team who were born outside of Qatar but were added to improve their prospects of winning the World Cup. With the score 2-1, Qatar briefly considered a comeback against the African champion until Bamba Dieng answered with Senegal's third goal and restored a two-goal lead.

After losing to Netherlands in the campaign's opening game, Senegal turned things around. Three attackers, Boulaye Dia, Famara Diedhiou, and Dieng, all scored for Senegal, which has its own World Cup challenge: filling the void left by Sadio Mané's pre-tournament injury. Coach Aliou Cissé was thrilled about this as well.

Before playing the host at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Cissé had told his remaining strikers to intensify their efforts. They answered.

Dia said, "Yes, we got the message plain as day. Effectiveness, effectiveness, effectiveness. Get in front of the net and score as soon as possible.

Prior to FIFA's very divisive decision to award Qatar the World Cup in 2010, it has never before qualified for the event. That guaranteed entrance for its team. However, despite spending almost $220 billion of its enormous wealth on building stadiums, infrastructure, and even a new city for the World Cup, the oil and gas-rich country was unable to assemble a strong defense for the squad.

Dia said, "Yes, we got the message plain as day. Effectiveness, effectiveness, effectiveness. Get in front of the net and score as soon as possible.

Prior to FIFA's very divisive decision to award Qatar the World Cup in 2010, it has never before qualified for the event. That guaranteed entrance for its team. However, despite spending almost $220 billion of its enormous wealth on building stadiums, infrastructure, and even a new city for the World Cup, the oil and gas-rich country was unable to assemble a strong defense for the squad.

At the start of the second half, Diedhiou made it 2-0 with a header from a corner despite being uncontested by two Qatari defenders.

It was unfortunate that Qatar was denied a penalty and the opportunity to take the lead before to Dia's goal. Akram Afif, a Doha native, was pushed over by a charging Ismaila Sarr, but Spanish referee Antonio Mateu decided not to give a penalty despite the fact that the video appeared to show contact.

Sánchez added, "We have to put this behind us, carry on, and play the Netherlands."

(GOODBYE?) A WAVE IN QATAR

The white-robed Qatar fans did make an effort to encourage their team as Qatar made a brief comeback in the second half.

Thousands of home supporters left before Qatar's first defeat to Ecuador, but they stayed during the win against Senegal and even joined the wave outside the stadium. It ended up being more of a World Cup parting wave.

IF NOT MANÉ

With those three strikers contributing to the scoring, Senegal got a little bit closer to adapting to life in Qatar without Mané.

Football is a team sport, but it's incredibly hard to replace a player like Sadio Mane, according to Senegal coach Cissé.

The fact that goalkeeper Edouard Mendy produced two outstanding saves to imply a return to some form after being held accountable for both goals in the 2-0 loss to the Dutch was crucial for Senegal.

WHAT COMES UP

Tuesday's final match pits Qatar versus the Netherlands. Senegal is still in peril and will play Ecuador on the same day for a spot in the round of 16.


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