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Qatar set unfortunate World Cup record following another defeat to Netherlands

1:22 AM MYT 30/11/2022
Qatar have exited the World Cup following three straight defeats, becoming the first host nation to ever leave their own competition pointless.
  • Defeated in all three group games
  • Conceded more goals than any other host nation
  • First host country since South Africa (2010) to not make it out of groups

WHAT HAPPENED? Qatar have become the first host nation to not record a point at a World Cup finals. Defeats against Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands on the final day leaves Qatar bottom of Group A having conceded seven goals - the outright most ever by a host nation in the same group round in the tournament.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: While it was widely expected that Qatar would finish bottom of the group, not many people would have said they would have done so without getting a point on the board. Ranked 50th in the world, a place above Saudi Arabia who have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages due to the win over Argentina, it seems the World Cup was a level above the players.

WHAT NEXT FOR QATAR? The Qatar team will likely have inspired those around the region to become footballers, hoping one day to represent their country at a World Cup.