Qatar are on the brink of elimination after they endured 3-1 defeat against Senegal in the Group A tie in the ongoing FIFA World Cup at the Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.
Qatar are in huge trouble
Qatar and Senegal both lost their first game by a two-goal margin to Ecuador and Netherlands, respectively.
The hosts quickly got to grips with Senegal and they appeal for a penalty when Ismaila Sarr bundled over Akram Afif. However, Spanish referee Antonio Mateu waved away their pleas and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) did not intervene.
The hosts were defending well but Boulaye Dia came up with the opening goal right before the first half. He made the most of a fumble from Qatar’s defence and pounced on the opportunity to slot the ball in the bottom right corner of the net to put his side on the front.
It was a perfect second-half start for Senegal who made it 2-0 through a Famara Diedhiou header. Mohammed Muntari then netted the nation’s first-ever World Cup goal to give his side a ray of hope. However, it was shattered when the African champions got a 2-goal cushion again, courtesy of a ferocious strike from Bamba Dieng from inside the penalty box.
A win or a draw for Netherlands against Ecuador, who beat the hosts in the tournament’s opening game, later on Friday will see the hosts become the first side mathematically eliminated from the competition.
Final Score: Qatar 1 – 3 Senegal
SEN – Boulaye Dia – 41st minute
SEN – Famara Diedhiou – 48th minute
QAT – Mohammed Muntari – 78th minute
SEN – Bamba Dieng – 84th minute