Qatar knocked out of its own World Cup to break record for first outing in 92-year history


Host country Qatar are out of the World Cup after two games, despite beating Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in a 3-1 loss to Senegal.

The Middle Eastern team fought to the bitter end but were knocked out of their own tournament after losing and the Netherlands and Ecuador played out a 1-1 draw.

Qatar fell at the first hurdle
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Qatar knocked out of its own World Cup to break record for first outing in 92-year history
Mendy had an inconsistent season with Chelsea, but made several world-class saves
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The result, plus the Netherlands’ draw against Ecuador, saw Qatar reach the unwanted record after being knocked out earlier than all their predecessors and with fewer points.

It took only five days for the Qatari national team to withdraw from the tournament, a record in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Senegal’s Boulaye Dia opened the scoring four minutes before half-time, shooting on goal to punish Boualem Khoukhi’s attempted clearance.

Former Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou climbed the highest to head home a superb header just three minutes after the break to put the African champions two goals clear.

There were chances for Watford striker Ismaila Sarr, making his 50th cap for his country, and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye, but both fired wide of the target.

Qatar’s Akram Afif was then challenged by Sarr in the penalty area, but Spanish referee Antonio Lahoz waved on.


Qatar knocked out of its own World Cup to break record for first outing in 92-year history
Senegal were worthy winners and managed to secure a 3-1 victory
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Mendy, who faced criticism in Senegal’s opener and was dropped on the bench by Chelsea boss Graham Potter in place of Kepa Arrizabalaga, made several superb saves.

He denied Almoez Ali and Ismaeel Mohammad but couldn’t prevent Mohammed Muntari’s powerful header in the 78th minute.

The hosts went in search of an equalizer but Bamba Dieng struck late to ensure Qatar remained bottom of the group and out of the competition after two games played.

Senegal, following the victory, becomes the first African team to win a victory at this World Cup.

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