World Cup hosts Qatar have been eliminated from the tournament less than a week after launching the first version of the Middle East’s biggest football event.
On day six of the World Cup, Qatar lost 3-1 to Senegal in his second straight defeat at the tournament. The departure was confirmed a few hours later as the Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 in the other Group A match.
That left Qatar at the bottom of Group A with no chance of advancing.
South Africa were the only other home team to fail to reach the group stage in 2010.
“If you expected us to go very far in this tournament, it would be a disappointment,” said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez before his team was officially eliminated. “Our goal was to be competitive.”
In other matches of day six, Iran scored a spectacular 2-0 victory over Wales in stoppage time and the USA team frustrated England in a 0–0 draw for the second consecutive draw in the World Cup.
Here’s a quick guide summarizing everything you need to know from Day 6 – Friday 25 November 2022 – of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Senegal 3, Qatar 1
With World Cup futures on the line, the football stakes could hardly have been higher for hosts Qatar and African champions Senegal.
Qatar’s nerves on opening night were nowhere to be seen as they quickly got to grips with Senegal and should have been awarded a penalty when Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr beamed over Akram Afif, but Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz brushed off their pleas and VAR (video-assisted referee) did not intervene.
With Qatar defending well, Senegal would have to make a magic moment or a catastrophic mistake to break the deadlock. Unfortunately for Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi, it turned out to be the latter.
His attempt to clear a routine low pass into the penalty area from Senegal’s Krepin Diatta went disastrously wrong when he botched his clearance, allowing Boulaye Dia to strike just before half-time and rattle in the opening goal.
Things got even worse for Qatar early in the second half, when Famara Diedhiou doubled Senegal’s lead with a brilliant header from a corner by Ismail Jakobs in the 48th minute.
It was a signal for the home side to play their best football of the tournament so far.
Mohammed Muntari narrowed the deficit in the 78th minute with a first-ever goal for Qatar in a World Cup, but Senegal were unflappable as they continued to beat their opponents in midfield.
Six minutes into Muntari’s strike, Bamba Dieng scored a pass from fellow substitute Iliman Ndiaye for the African side’s third goal of the match.
That brought Qatar to last place in Group A with no points, while the Netherlands and Ecuador have four points and the Senegalese three.
Qatar’s hopes for progress are now over.
Even a victory in their last match against three-time World Cup finalist Netherlands will not be enough to see them progress.
Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1
It belonged to Enner Valencia third goal of the tournament that helped Ecuador earn a draw with the Orange in Group A, sealing Qatar’s fate.
The Netherlands took the lead early in the game and Cody Gakpo put them ahead with a quick strike in the sixth minute.
But after that Ecuador dominated.
After the apparent equalizer was reversed by VAR just before half-time, Valencia leveled the game in the 49th minute.
Iran 2, Wales 0
Iran bounced back from their thrashing at the hands of England with a stunning 2-0 win over Wales to put their World Cup destiny in their own hands.
Roozbeh Cheshmi from Iran broke the goalless stalemate in the 98th minute and Ramin Rezaeian scored in the 101st against a 10-man Wales side, losing to goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the 86th minute to a red card.
Hennessey initially drew a yellow card after his big challenge against Iran’s Mehdi Taremi, but the referee showed him the red card after a VAR check.
With three points in Tuesday’s game against the United States, Iran has a chance to advance for the first time to the knockout stage of the World Cup.
Cheshmi said it was “the solidarity between the team members” that helped them win the match.
The outcome leaves Wales’ chances of reaching the last 16 hanging by a thread. On Tuesday, England faces a tough challenge.
“We want to finish the competition on a high note, it’s not in our hands to continue, but we want to finish with a good performance and a win,” said Wales coach Rob Page.
US 0, England 0
England suffered a sobering reality check as they were long outplayed by a young American side in a thrilling 0-0 draw in their second World Cup match in Group B.
A 6-2 thrashing against Iran on Monday had lifted England fans’ hopes, but Gareth Southgate’s side were lucky not to have to deal with their 1950 World Cup disaster against the Americans again.
They still qualify for the last 16 if they avoid a heavy defeat to Wales in their final group game, but were greeted with boos at the final whistle and will need a huge improvement if they are to go on a deep run.
The US showed a fast pace but may regret not putting away an England side stuck in second gear, although they will reach the last 16 if they beat Iran.
“A draw is not the worst, but I felt during parts of the game that we showed dominance,” said Christian Pulisic, one of five England-based players in the US starting line-up.
Although the result and performance was hugely disappointing for England, they top the group with four points and remain in the boxseat to reach the last 16.
Iran, who took a late victory over Wales, has three points with USA on two points and Wales on one.
Next Tuesday, all possibilities are still open in the group.