Host nation Qatar had been pushed to the brink of an early elimination from their very own World Cup on Friday after a 3-1 loss to Senegal.
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Objectives both facet of half-time from Boulaye Dia and Famara Diedhiou gave Senegal the lead earlier than Qatar’s substitute Mohammed Muntari countered within the 78th minute to arrange a dramatic end.
Senegal’s substitute Bamba Dieng scored six minutes later to safe the scoreline and put the African champions, who opened with a 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands, again straight into Group A rivalry.
The defeat has left Qatar on the backside sweating for outcomes elsewhere if they’re to keep away from following South Africa in 2010 as solely the second World Cup host nation to exit after the primary spherical.
Their elimination can be confirmed if Ecuador fail to beat the Netherlands on the day and would make Qatar the primary World Cup host nation to exit after two video games.
Qatar had began the event nervously shedding 2-0 to Ecuador and as soon as once more regarded unsure in opposition to Senegal.
The Asian champions have left their goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb on the bench following his shaky show within the opener.
His substitute Meshaal Barsham did not encourage a lot confidence within the early levels, slamming in a nook as Senegal pushed for the opening aim.
Ismaila Sarr and Nampalys Mendy had already missed possibilities for Senegal, whereas Idrissa Gana Gueye and Youssouf Sabaly missed others in the course of the first half.
– Qatar nearly out –
Qatar spent many of the first 45 minutes behind however a uncommon break ahead noticed Akram Afif enraged at not being awarded a penalty after being bagged by Sarr.
Senegal appeared destined for the interval with out having the ability to break down the resistance of Qatar, however the hosts gave them a aim within the forty first minute.
Qatar defender Boualem Koukhi missed a clearance to let Dia pounce on the unfastened ball and shoot previous Barsham.
Senegal doubled their lead nearly instantly after the break when Diedhiou headed a header on the close to publish from a nook.
Qatar began displaying much more attacking ambition from two objectives down and Afif was concerned in all the things.
Almoez Ali compelled Senegalese goalkeeper Eduoard Mendy to make a fingertip save earlier than the Chelsea man once more saved the Africans from Isamil Mohamad’s shot.
Mendy caught to his line when Muntari pulled one again for Qatar, his header from Mohamad’s cross bringing the house facet again into the online.
The aim lifted the group and despatched Qatar ahead in search of one other, however Dieng nipped the revival within the bud within the 84th minute when he swept the ball away for Senegal’s third.
Abdelkarim Hassan then took a free-kick simply huge of the publish as Qatar tried to answer, however Senegal held on to see victory.