World Cup hosts Qatar are on the brink of elimination from the tournament after losing 3-1 to Senegal. The African Cup of Nations champions scored either side of half time before Qatar rallied, with Ghanaian-born Qatari striker Mohammed Muntari scoring in the 78th minute to give the hosts a shot at a comeback. It was not to be, though, with Marseille striker Bamba Dieng firing home in the 84th minute to win the match for Senegal. Qatar are now left hoping that Ecuador, who defeated them in the opening game of the tournament, can beat the Netherlands. If the Dutch win or draw, then Qatar – who play them in the final group game – will be out of the World Cup. While Qatar failed to record a single shot on target in their 2-0 defeat to Ecuador, they put on a better performance against Senegal, mounting a number of attacks in the second half and scoring through Muntari. The atmosphere in the stadium, punctuated by the steady beating of drums, never let up. But the African champions never looked like they would lose, and Qatar are now left hoping for a favour from Ecuador.

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