It was the first time in World Cup history that a host country had been knocked out of the tournament in the opening game.

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The country lost its first two games in the World Cup.

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Their elimination in the first round of play was due to their second loss in the group stages.

It was impossible for the Middle Eastern country of less than 3 million residents to make a comeback after The Netherlands and Ecuador tied in the same group.

The only goal of the tournament was scored by Mohommed Muntari in the 78th minute of the game.

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It had been planning to host the tournament for 12 years, but it lost in the first match. Sepp Blatter, the former head of football's governing body, called the selection of Qatar as a host a bad choice. The debate has centered on the treatment of the workers who built the stadiums for the event. The country's system of "modern slavery" has been denounced by several major human rights groups. More than 6,000 migrant workers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka died during the construction. Qatari officials told CNN that there were only three work-related deaths and 37 non-work related deaths.


homosexuality and its treatment of women have been slammed by the country. A group of European countries planned to wear armbands that said "One Love LGBTQ" while playing. Germany's players wore rainbow stripes on their shirts and cleats and put their hands over their mouths in a picture taken before their match against Japan. The teams backed down after being warned that they would be issued yellow cards.

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Only six countries have hosted the World Cup since it began in 1930, and only one of them has won. Italy won after four years. West Germany, England, Argentina, and France all did the same in the 70s.

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