Qatar’s World Cup is on the brink after a second loss on the trot.
The host nation was much improved from its opening day loss to Ecuador, but it was overpowered by a Senegal team that finally has arrived at the World Cup and won the first game for an African nation at this year’s tournament.
Senegal took a first-half lead after Boulaye Dia capitalised on a defensive error. The Teranga Lions doubled their lead just after the break from a powerful Famara Diedhiou header.
Qatar finally woke up and took the game to its opponent, drawing a couple of spectacular saves from Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy before grabbing a deserved goal. Mohammed Muntari headed home following a lovely move down the wing.
Just as the comeback seemed on, the winds were taken out of the Qatari sails by Bamba Dieng. The substitute stroked a simple finish following some brilliant dribbling from Iliman Ndiaye.
The game ended in dour fashion as thousands of Qataris headed towards to the exits after the third goal, their hopes of a fairy tale World Cup all but vanished.