And the analysis of Marc Degryse, official consultant of Laatste Nieuws, is uncompromising. “Qatar wanted to take advantage of this World Cup to place themselves on the world football map, they took a big step back from the opening match. This team was not ready. Neither collectively nor individually. These players have never played at this level and they couldn’t hide it. They were put under pressure and they never had control of the ball.
“This Qatar does not have the level”, adds the former Red Devil who fears the worst for the rest of the Qatari tournament. “It is the first host country to lose its opening game. And it is one of the weakest teams, if not the weakest, in the history of the World Cup. Qatar is organizing this World Cup to show off. The Qataris want to show that they can be a football country. There was a lot of criticism before the World Cup and now they are missing out on the pitch too. This World Cup could be a failure in all areas for the country.