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Qatar becomes first World Cup hosts to lose three matches

With another defeat, the FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar ended their journey in the tournament in record-breaking embarrassing ways.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 03.12.2022
Qatar becomes first World Cup hosts to lose three matches

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With another defeat, the FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar ended their journey in the tournament in record-breaking embarrassing ways. They are now the first World Cup hosts to lose three matches as well as all the games in the campaign. Also, they have scored the least goals among the World Cup hosts.

After becoming the first World Cup hosts to start the campaign with a defeat (0-2 vs Ecuador) and the earliest hosts to get knocked out from a World Cup tournament (1-3 vs Senegal), Qatar ended Group A in the World Cup 2022 with another 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands.

Hosts Qatar in FIFA World Cup: First hosts to lose all the matches; Most defeats as the hosts; First hosts without a win; Least goals scored as the hosts

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Qatar are the first World Cup hosts to lose all the matches in a campaign. They lost three out of three games in this tournament.  They are also the first hosts to lose more than two games in a World Cup campaign.

Moreover, Qatar created history by becoming the first host nation to end a World Cup campaign without any victory.

Qatar scored only once and conceded seven goals. Breaking the previous record of scoring three goals (USA in 1994 and South Africa in 2010), Qatar are also the record holder of scoring the least goals as the World Cup hosts.


Hosts’ performances in FIFA World Cups

Year

Team

Final place

Matches

Goals

P

W

D

L

For (F)

Against (A)

Diff (F-A)

1930

Uruguay

Champions

4

4

0

0

15

3

+12

1934

Italy

Champions

5

4

1

0

12

3

+9

1938

France

Quarter-finals

2

1

0

1

4

4

0

1950

Brazil

Runners-up

6

4

1

1

22

6

+16

1954

Switzerland

Quarter-finals

4

2

0

2

11

11

0

1958

Sweden

Runners-up

6

4

1

1

12

7

+5

1962

Chile

Third Place

6

4

0

2

10

8

+2

1966

England

Champions

6

5

1

0

11

3

+8

1970

Mexico

Quarter-finals

4

2

1

1

6

4

+2

1974

West Germany

Champions

7

6

0

1

13

4

+9

1978

Argentina

Champions

7

5

1

1

15

4

+9

1982

Spain

Second Round (Group Stage)

5

1

2

2

4

5

−1

1986

Mexico

Quarter-finals

5

3

2

0

6

2

+4

1990

Italy

Third Place

7

6

1

0

10

2

+8

1994

USA

Round of 16

4

1

1

2

3

4

−1

1998

France

Champions

7

6

1

0

15

2

+13

2002

South Korea

Fourth Place

7

3

2

2

8

6

+2

Japan

Round of 16

4

2

1

1

5

3

+2

2006

Germany

Third Place

7

5

1

1

14

6

+8

2010

South Africa

First Round

(Group Stage)

3

1

1

1

3

5

−2

2014

Brazil

Fourth Place

7

3

2

2

11

14

−3

2018

Russia

Quarter-finals

5

2

2

1

11

7

+4

2022

Qatar

First Round

(Group Stage)

3

0

0

3

1

7

-6

  (Matches: P = Played; W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost)

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