Qatar, the host nation, had never qualified for a World Cup, let alone played in one. That pressure was on full display in its opening match on Sunday when it fell, 2-0, to Ecuador. Its path to the Round of 16 just got a lot more difficult — up next is Senegal, the champion of Africa, followed by the group favorite, the Netherlands. A draw against either of those two would have once been considered an outstanding result, but now it will need at least one win to have any hope of advancing.
Here are Qatar’s group matches:
Nov. 20, 4 p.m. U.T.C.
Friday, 1 p.m. U.T.C.
Tuesday, 3 p.m. U.T.C.
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