World Cup 2022: Qatar sets new World Cup record low after early disqualification

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Qatar’s Mohammed Muntari reacts after missing a chance to score during the World Cup, group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) Ariel Schalit/AP

World Cup 2022: Qatar sets new World Cup record low after early disqualification

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Qatar was eliminated from the World Cup Friday after scoring a single goal.

The country’s men’s team lost a 3-1 game to Senegal after getting shut out 2-0 by Ecuador Sunday. This is the quickest a host country has been disqualified from the World Cup since the global tournament began in 1930.

Sunday’s game had the fewest shots on goal since the statistic began to be recorded in 1966 at 11 shots, six of which Ecuador took. It was Qatar’s first World Cup game, as the team had never qualified before.

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During its match against Qatar, Ecuador fans chanted, “We want beer,” after the country banned alcohol sales 48 hours before the World Cup began. Nonalcoholic beer is still for sale, with corporate suites offering strong drinks.

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The only other World Cup host country to fail to advance to the knockout round was South Africa in 2010.

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