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Qatar Eliminated from World Cup After Loss to Senegal 3-1

Voice of America
26 Nov 2022, 08:05 GMT+10

World Cup host Qatar was eliminated from the tournament Friday after losing to Senegal in its second match, 3-1.

Qatar showed flashes of strong attacking play but struggled to keep pace with the Senegalese side during Friday's match. The host team was unlucky when it was denied a penalty and the chance to take the lead after Senegal's player Ismaila Sarr ran into Akram Afif.

The referee did not award a penalty even though replays suggested that contact took place between the players.

Senegalese fans rhythmically drummed throughout the match, while Qatar's fans broke out into the wave around the stadium.

Following the match, Qatar's fate in the tournament was sealed when the Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 in the other Group A game of the day.

Qatar now has no chance to advance to the round of 16 regardless of the outcome of their next match against the Netherlands on Tuesday. Their elimination from the tournament is the quickest for a host country in World Cup history.

South Africa is the only other host team that did not make it past the group stage of the tournament, but it was able to win one of its matches.

Ecuador 1, Netherlands 1

In the match between Ecuador and the Netherlands, Ecuadorian captain Enner Valencia scored his third goal in Qatar, making him the current top scorer at the World Cup.

Ecuador played a strong game against the favored Netherlands, impressing for the second time after their win against Qatar 2-0 in the tournament's opening match.

Ecuador will next play Senegal on Tuesday and will need just a draw to advance to the next round.

Iran 2, Wales 0

In a Group B match, Iran beat Wales 2-0 with both goals taking place in the last minutes of the game.

Roozbeh Cheshmi scored the first goal in the 98th minute, and Ramin Rezaeian scored the second in the 101st.

Iran's victory came after a loss 6-2 to England in their first match.

England 0, U.S. 0

The United States frustrated England in a 0-0 draw on Friday for its second consecutive tie in the World Cup.

The U.S. came close to recording a second victory over England at a World Cup, the first coming in its famed upset in1950, after creating several scoring chances, including a first-half shot by Christian Pulisic that smashed the crossbar.

Weston McKennie also fired over from just 8 yards out.

Harry Kane missed a stoppage time header for England.

England knew a victory would guarantee progress to the knockout stages, but a draw still keeps it at the top of Group B with four points. The U.S. is third with two points and needs a win against Iran on Tuesday to advance.

Some information in this report came from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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