Nov 25, 2022 - Sports

Qatar eliminated from World Cup after losing 3-1 to Senegal

Mohammed Muntari of Qatar shows dejection after Senegals third goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Senegal

Mohammed Muntari of Qatar shows dejection after Senegal's third goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match at Al Thumama Stadium on Nov. 25. Photo: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Host country Qatar on Friday was eliminated from the World Cup after losing 3-1 in their match against Senegal.

Why it matters: The loss makes Qatar the earliest host nation team to depart the tournament in the 92-year history of the World Cup, per AP.

State of play: The match against Senegal was Qatar's second game of the World Cup. In the tournament's opening match last Sunday, Qatar lost 2-0 against Ecuador.

  • Even if Qatar beats the Netherlands in their match on Tuesday, they won't have enough points to advance to the next stage, per Yahoo Sports.

The big picture: Qatar's hosting of the World Cup has been shrouded in controversy on account of its human rights record and the environmental costs of holding the tournament in the region.

  • Qatar's hosting marks the first time the tournament has been held in the Middle East.
  • Qatar and South Africa are the only host nations to have been knocked out in the group stage during their respective tournaments, per Yahoo Sports.

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