Qatar’s World Cup exit confirmed after losing the first two games

Qatar exits their World Cup after defeat by Senegal in their second match.

The hosts were beaten 3-1 by the African champions on Friday at Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium and their exit was later confirmed as Group A rivals Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1.

Qatar still have one match against the Dutch but, after losing their opener against the South Americans, their fate has been sealed with just six days left in the tournament.

At least they fell fighting against Senegal and Mohammed Muntari scored their first World Cup goal.

But Felix Sanchez’s side were already facing a tough fight after Boulaye Dia’s goal gave Senegal a first-half lead and ex-Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou doubled their lead.

Muntari’s header gave the home fans hope as the home side showed spirit, but Bamba Dieng brushed aside Senegal’s crucial third goal in the closing stages.

Senegal, who lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their opening match, were first to threaten Watford striker Ismaila Sarr before Qatar’s Akram Afif thwarted the hosts’ first high-flying chance home.

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye fired a low shot wide as Senegal began to dominate.

Qatar were denied a first-half penalty after Akram Afif went down to the challenge of Ismaila Sarr (Petr Josek/AP)

Qatar relieved the home fan in the 34th minute when Afif entered the area in a rare forward foray and the hosts were controversially denied a penalty in the 34th minute when he went down to Sarr’s clumsy challenge.

A defensive error then gave Senegal the lead in the 41st minute. Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi slipped trying to clear Diatta’s ball into the box and Dia pounced to shoot low into the net.

Qatar started the second half in the worst possible way by conceding a second goal in the 48th minute.

Ismail Jakobs sent in a corner kick and Diedhiou easily escaped his marker by heading home at the near post.

The home side threw caution to the wind as they tried to get back into the game and Abdelkarim Hassan’s 30-yard strike flew just wide.

Mohammed Muntari celebrates after his second-half header gave Qatar hope of a comeback

Mohammed Muntari celebrates after his second-half header gave Qatar hope of a comeback (Hassan Ammar/AP)

Almoez Ali was denied by Chelsea’s Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who then made an even better save to clear Ismaeel Mohammad’s shot from a Hassan Al Haydos cross.

Qatar finally gave their supporters something to cheer about and they staged a grandstand finish by scoring their first World Cup goal in the 78th minute.

Mohammad deflected an excellent cross and Muntari leapt higher to head in, just four minutes after coming off the bench.

But Qatar’s hopes of salvaging a point were dashed six minutes later by Senegal’s third goal.

Sheffield United midfielder Iliman Ndiaye, a second-half substitute, beat three defenders before hauling the ball back for Dieng to bring home an emphatic finish.

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