Qatar eliminated from World Cup after Netherlands and Ecuador draw 1-1

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Qatar became the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup on Friday after Group A rivals the Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1.

The Dutch and Ecuador each have four points, Senegal have three. Qatar are without a point after they lost their opening game 2-0 to Ecuador and then went down 3-1 to Senegal earlier on Friday.

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They cannot qualify whatever happens in their final match against the Dutch on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s “Superman” Enner Valencia was carried off the pitch on a stretcher late in the game after scoring the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands to earn the South Americans a valuable point in the Group A clash.

Ecuador’s forward #13 Enner Valencia (top) heads the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A football match between the Netherlands and Ecuador at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 25, 2022. (AFP)
Ecuador’s forward #13 Enner Valencia (top) heads the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A football match between the Netherlands and Ecuador at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 25, 2022. (AFP)

The 33-year-old, pivotal to his country’s World Cup hopes, had limped off late in Sunday’s game with a knee strain and had a scan to see the extent of the injury but was declared fit.

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