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Qatar loses to Iran

Barring a miracle, Qatar’s national football team will not be playing in next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The team suffered a 1-0 loss to Iran last night in a home game defeat attended by thousands of fans.

This means Qatar is now at the very bottom of its six-team group, behind China and Syria. Iran meanwhile has moved to first place.

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Only the top two teams in the group will automatically qualify for the 2018 tournament.

‘Bad situation’

Acknowledging the implications, Qatar Coach Jorge Fossati told AFP he hadn’t yet done the math, but “for sure we are back in a very bad, bad situation.”

Competing in Russia had been an important goal for Qatar, whose team has never qualified to play in the World Cup.

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Qatar football coach Jorge Fossati

Qatar will automatically get a chance to participate in 2022 because the nation is hosting that tournament.

But in recent history, no team has ever not earned its first chance to compete beforehand.

Rollercoaster

The road to Russia has been a rollercoaster of a ride for the national team, which suffered three straight losses last fall (including to Iran in September).

Spirits were low then, but went up again after Qatar beat Syria in October.

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Qatar and Syria match

Now however, with only four points and a handful of games to go, things look very dire.

The disappointment was palpable last night, when the home crowd booed Iran coach Carlos Queiroz off the field as he blew everyone a kiss, according to AFP.

Thoughts?

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Khalifa Stadium construction

Updated at 9pm with statement from contractor

A British man has fallen to his death while working on one of Qatar’s first World Cup stadiums, tournament organizers have confirmed.

He is the second confirmed person to have died on one of the country’s under-construction World Cup stadiums.

In a brief statement posted online, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) said the 40-year-old died on Thursday at the Khalifa Stadium work site.

Construction workers at the Khalifa Stadium

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Khalifa Stadium renovations

According to project contractor Midmac-Six Construct, the accident occurred while the man was on a suspended catwalk platform. In a statement, it said:

“For unknown reasons one of the lever hoists supporting the platform failed, causing the fall of the worker, who was wearing all his safety equipment, including the safety harness.

Sadly, the harness was cut during the fall with a fatal outcome. What caused the cut is subject to further investigation.”

Qatari authorities and his next of kin have been notified, the SCDL said.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the British Embassy in Doha told Doha News that it was in touch with local authorities about the death and that embassy staff were ready to support the man’s family “at this very difficult time.”

Khalifa Stadium is currently being overhauled ahead of the 2022 tournament and one of the first venues expected to be completed.

Second confirmed death

This is only the second confirmed death of an employee working on a 2022 World Cup site.

The first occurred last October, when a 29-year-old Nepali man named Anil Kumar Pasman was killed.

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Wakrah Stadium works

Pasman died after being struck by a water tanker at the Al Wakrah Stadium building site on Oct. 22.

However, in the early part of 2016, World Cup organizers announced that two Indian expats contracted on the 2022 stadiums had died in non-work related incidents.

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Qatar/China

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Qatar/China match

A nail-biter of a qualifying match between Qatar’s national football team and China ended in a 0-0 draw yesterday.

Qatar now holds four points and is still second from the bottom in its group during the third 2018 World Cup qualifying round.

Syria is one point above it, and China trails with only 2 points.

Qatar football coach Jorge Fossati

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Qatar football coach Jorge Fossati

In a statement, coach Jorge Fossati said:

“We didn’t have a great match today but we gained a point thanks to our defense. This point is important because we have lost three games already. The first half of the campaign is finished and now we will do our best in the second.

If we can win against Uzbekistan, it will be a difference of six points. We think we have a big chance.”

Road to 2018

Competing in Russia is an important goal for Qatar, whose team has never qualified to play in the World Cup.

Team Qatar will automatically get a chance to participate in 2022 because the nation is hosting that tournament.

But in recent history, no team has ever not earned its first chance to compete beforehand.

The next qualifying matches will be held in March 2017.

Thoughts?