Qatar made an undesirable history FIFA World Cupbe the first ever host country eliminated without scoring. The Netherlands comfortably counted Qatar 2-0 at the Al Bayt Stadium on Tuesday. Safe summit in Group A and proceed to the qualifying stages.
However, the situation is completely different for Qatar, which finished three group games not with a single point, but with three losses. After their early 3-1 loss to Senegal, Qatar broke the record for a host nation to be eliminated from the fastest ever World Cup (five days).
On Tuesday, they became the first host nation to lose all three of their group stage matches, further taunting FIFA’s controversial decision to give them the hosting rights. Qatar has spent $360 billion preparing for the World Cup, and despite huge investments in state-of-the-art facilities, it still falls short on the pitch.
Given the numerous controversies surrounding the tournament, millions of people around the world will undoubtedly be delighted that the Qatar World Cup has ended in the group stage. According to the United States Department of Justice, multiple FIFA officials were bribed to vote for Qatar as the tournament’s host. Following Qatar’s bid for the World Cup, its mistreatment of the thousands of migrant workers who helped build the stadiums, along with the country’s porous human rights record, left the tournament a black mark.
Speaking after Tuesday’s defeat, Qatar coach Felix Sanchez admitted surprisingly that his team had never aimed for a spot in the qualifying stage. «We’re a country with 6,000 football licenses, so this was a possible situation,» Sanchez said.
“We never thought about aiming to reach the last 16 or the quarterfinals. We wanted to come here and see what we could do. We managed to play two good matches against Senegal and the Netherlands.
«In the first match (against Ecuador) we weren’t at the usual level and we know that. You can use the stats however you want, but we have to make our own assessments.»
Football fans blast Qatar after embarrassing scenes
Qatar had moments in a dull first half on Tuesday, forcing a few corners and making threats on the edge of the Dutch zone. But as soon as they showed their teeth, they were hit heartily by Cody Gakpo.
Davy Klaassen threw an inviting ball in the 23-year-old’s path and quickly picked it up, piercing past Meshaal Bersham in the 26th minute before sending a well-placed shot to clear the score. “Gakpo is a very young player, he’s only been playing for PSV for two or three years… (he) has what it takes to be a star and also has a great personality because he’s open to anything and everything,” he said. Dutch Coach Louis Van Gaal.
Four minutes into the second half, the Dutchman hit again as he made his way towards Depay with a cross from Klaassen, and the Qatari defense was caught watching the ball as his shot was recovered, allowing Frenkie de Jong to kick the ball into the net. As Qatar lacked the quality to make a comeback, the Dutch were eliminated after Gakpo was determined to have possession of the ball during the preparation, but they still achieved the victory.
As the Dutch look forward to the round of 16, Qatar will return to the tournament’s host role and chart the future of the game in their country.
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