Qatar, the host nation to exit the tournament the fastest ever

Qatar, the host nation to exit the tournament the fastest ever

Qatar, the host of the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup, is out, the first time a host nation will be eliminated after just two games. They lost a 3-1 game to Senegal after their 2-0 defeat by Ecuador on Sunday. Qatar was eliminated on the second match day and scored just a single goal in the tournament.

This is the quickest a host country has been knocked out of the World Cup since the tournament began in 1930. It also makes them the first host nation of the competition to lose their opening match and the second host nation not to progress past the first stage.

Apart from Qatar 2022, there have been 21 FIFA World Cups so far and 22 hosts -Japan and Korea co-hosted the 2002 World Cup. 21 hosts out of these 22 have made it beyond the first round of their respective tournaments, leaving only South Africa.

In 2010, South Africa failed to advance to the knockout round. They were the first to be knocked out in the group stage, but they still had a chance to advance to the third and final group match. South Africa was in the same group as Uruguay, Mexico, and France and ended up with a respectable third.

Qatar, the host nation to exit the tournament the fastest ever

Only six hosts have ever won the tournament, with two making the finals. The first and second World Cups in 1930 and 1934 took place in Uruguay and Italy, respectively, and the host nations won both. In 1938, the hosts, France, lost to defending champions, Italy, who repeated their previous triumph.

The Qatar team never qualified before, but being the host nation, qualified automatically for their first World Cup appearance. However, Qatar became the first World Cup host to lose all three group matches. The last one was a 2-0 loss to the Dutch. After the 2-0 defeat to Ecuador and 3-1 loss to Senegal in their previous two games, they became the first host to concede the most goals (7) during the group stage.

Qatar’s earlier games made the 2-0 loss to the Netherlands, their last game of the tournament, meaningless even before it began. The result helped the Netherlands into the last 16 after the 1-1 draw with Ecuador on Friday and a home side loss of 3-1 to Senegal earlier in the day.

Qatar took the first step to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 by establishing the bid team in 2009. H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the bid committee chairman, headed the bidding team.

Five candidates, Qatar, Australia, the USA, Japan, and South Korea, submitted bids for the highly prized hosting right. However, on December 2, 2010, FIFA announced Qatar as the host.

Qatar prepared thoroughly to make history by hosting the first FIFA World Cup as the host nation. Qatar planned to showcase its culture, history, and everything related to the country or give it its identity.

To host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar spent a lot on infrastructure and acquiring the Qatar soccer team for the tournament. There needs to be a known figure on how much was spent to build an actual team. Qatar had 12 years to scout, develop and assemble prospects and talents to find a team suitable for competing against the best in the world.

Out of the final 26 selected, there were 16 Qatar-born players. Mohammed Muntari, born in Ghana, scored the first-ever goal for Qatar at the World Cup. He made history when he scored Qatar’s first World Cup goal in the game with Senegal.

Qatar is not the only team to exit the tournament after two games. Canada became the second team after Qatar to be eliminated in the FIFA World Cup 2022 after its 4-1 loss against Croatia on Sunday, leaving them at the bottom of Group F.

Though Canada opened the match with the first goal after Alphonso Davies scored the fastest goal of the ongoing World Cup after just 68 seconds, the remaining minutes were not in their favour.

Qatar’s early exit from the competition did not come as a shock to many as there was not much expectation from the team, as the quality of their players could not match that of the other competing teams.

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