Qatar eliminated from World Cup after Netherlands and Ecuador draw

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DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar became the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup on Friday after Group A rivals the Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1.

The Dutch and Ecuador each have four points, Senegal have three. Qatar are without a point after they lost their opening game 2-0 to Ecuador and then went down 3-1 to Senegal earlier on Friday. They cannot qualify whatever happens in their final match against the Dutch on Tuesday.

Disappointed Qatar fans criticised their team after a second successive defeat left the hosts on the brink of elimination from the World Cup on Friday. 

Qatar lost the opening game of the tournament 2-0 to Ecuador on Sunday, and though their performance was better on Friday they were still on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline against Senegal that leaves them needing a miracle to make the last 16.

“We expected way more from this team, they played a match that was below standards, not as if it was a World Cup game. We wanted to at least enjoy it. It was absolutely shameful,” Qatar fan Emam Abdulrahman told Reuters outside the Al Thumama Stadium. 

“We excused them in the opening match, we said they were stressed as it was the World Cup, and the whole world was there. But today, they disappointed us more than necessary,” she added. Rcom

Wearing a maroon Qatar scarf over his traditional white thobe tunic, Abdulrahman Almeri echoed those sentiments.

“It’s a shame, after 12 years of preparation with all the local people and the Arab people waiting, and in the end, the performance was below average, and you don’t even feel that the players had a sense of responsibility,” he said.

“There was no pressure, no spirit. I don’t know what the problem is exactly. I cannot even say tough luck, because we don’t know when we will participate in another World Cup.”

Khalid Al Fayad went one step further, proudly wearing a Qatar shirt over his thobe, but he couldn’t hide his disappointment.

“It is very unfortunate because it’s been 12 years in the making, of waiting, people have thought that this is the team that can make history. And I can understand the disappointment in a lot of people, and I join them on that too,” he said.

Qatar need Ecuador to beat the Netherlands – the side they face in their final group game – to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16.

Reporting by Mitch Phillips, Michaela Cabrera, Imad Creidi and Philip O’Connor, Christian Radnedge

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