Beat the host country’s first ever opening game record
The tournament ended with Qatar losing all 3 matches
Qatar, host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, collapsed helplessly in the last match, ending the tournament with a three-match losing streak. Qatar had a miserable exit from the World Cup with a number of scandalous debuts.
Qatar lost 0-2 in the opening match against Ecuador on the 21st, and bowed 1-3 in the second match against Senegal on the 25th.
Qatar recorded the first record in every match of this tournament.
First of all, Qatar lost 0-2 in the opening match against Ecuador on the 21st, becoming the first host country to lose in the opening match in the history of the World Cup. This was the first time in the 92 year history of the World Cup that the host country lost its first game.
And that’s not all. It was also the first time in 52 years since the 1970 tournament, when Mexico drew 0-0 with the Soviet Union, that the hosts failed to score in their opening game.
Muhammad Muntari scores the first goal of the World Cup
Qatar also scored the historic first goal of the World Cup against Senegal in the second leg against Senegal on the 25th. It also became the second host country to fail to progress to the round of 16, following South Africa in 2010.
Qatar also produced various records in the third match of the group stage against the Netherlands on the 30th, the final match. It was a 0-2 loss against the Netherlands, making them the first host country in World Cup history to lose all three games in the group stage.
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez (47, Spain) said that he had not set the goal of advancing to the round of 16 in the first place and that he would immediately start preparing for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.
Coach Sanchez said in an official press conference after losing 0-2 to the Netherlands in the Qatar 2022 World Cup third group stage match against the Netherlands held at the Al Bite Stadium in Alkhor, Qatar on the same day, “We have never aimed to progress to the round of 16 or the quarter-finals. “I wanted to see what he would do on the stage of the World Cup finals,” he said.
Qatar coach “I’ve never set a target for the round of 16”
He then looked back, saying, “We played well against Senegal and the Netherlands, but we couldn’t show our skills in the opening game against Ecuador.”
Regarding the outrageous records Qatar wrote in this tournament, coach Sanchez said, “Records are just records. We will carry out our own evaluation.”
Coach Sanchez also recalled winning the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, which he led.
He said, “We are a team that has won the Asia Cup title,” and “we experienced only good moments and difficult moments in the World Cup.”
“I don’t have time to rest,” he added, adding, “I will prepare for the next Asian Cup.”
Reporter Lee Beom-soo