Qatar’s World Cup 2022 campaign ends with loss to Netherlands

Qatar become the first World Cup hosts to lose all three group matches, the last one 2-0 to the Dutch.

It all seemed too easy for the Dutch football team, who strolled to a 2-0 win [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The Dutch barely broke a sweat in their 2-0 win over Qatar at the Al Bayt Stadium, ending the hosts’ World Cup campaign with a third straight defeat.

The Qataris had been eliminated after their 3-1 loss to Senegal earlier in the week and came up short again on the pitch.

They were not without their moments in the first half, forcing a couple of corners and threatening on the edge of the Dutch area, but no sooner had they bared their teeth than they were hit with a gut punch of a goal by Cody Gakpo.

Davy Klaassen played an inviting ball into the path of the 23-year-old and he received it at pace, slicing through the heart of the defence before dispatching a well-placed shot past Meshaal Barsham to open the scoring in the 26th minute.

Netherlands vs Qatar
[Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Four minutes into the second half, the Dutch struck again as a cross from Klaassen made its way to Memphis Depay, who made a rare start, and the Qatari defence was caught ball-watching as his shot was blocked, allowing Frenkie de Jong to bundle it into the net.

With Qatar lacking the quality to mount a comeback, the Dutch had a goal ruled out after Gakpo was judged to have handled the ball in the build-up, but they still coasted to victory.

The result sends the Netherlands into the last 16, with Qatar having played their final game in the World Cup.

The defeat means Qatar, current Asian Cup champions, become the first World Cup hosts to lose all three of their group matches.

The Netherlands are a three-time runner-up at the World Cup, finishing third in 2014, but failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Qatar was making its tournament debut and will now go back to planning the future of the game in the country.


Source: Al Jazeera