Qatar have been eliminated from the World Cup. This is the first time that a host country has been eliminated after only two games.
After losing 3-1 to Senegal, Friday’s 1-1 draw between the Netherlands and Ecuador was enough to secure the fate of the Middle Eastern country.
In the tournament opener, Qatar was defeated 2-0 by Ecuador. They have a point difference of -4 and are currently on 0 points.
Qatar must still play against the Netherlands in their third group match.
Even if they won the clash, the hosts would still be on just 3 points and wouldn’t be able finish Group A in the top 2.
Only the winners and runners-up of each group will be allowed to progress to the 16th stage.
Both Ecuador and the Netherlands are on 4 points.
Senegal, Africa’s champions, is in third place with 3 points. They theoretically can still advance if Ecuador defeats them on Tuesday.
The Dutch won the Khalifa Stadium thanks to a spectacular strike by Cody Gakpo, forward of PSV Eindhoven, on 6 minutes.
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Enner Valencia, who scored his third goal of this tournament in the 49th minute, brought Ecuador level.
Pervis Estupinan, Brighton’s wingback, scored a goal for the South Americans at half-time. Gonzalo Plata also reached the mark close to the hour mark.