QATAR’S campaign at the World Championship in Paris ended in the quarterfinal, where they lost 30-32 to Slovenia.
It was a sweet revenge for Slovenia, who had lost to Qatar when they met in the group stage of the tournament’s last edition in Qatar.
Much was expected of Qatar after they shocked European champions Germany in the last 16, but Slovenia proved too good for them.
Slovenia were quick off the blocks and took a 3-1 lead. They led 18-15 at half-time. Qatar tried to stage a late fightback, but the rivals held on.
Qatar, the surpsrise runners-up in 2015, had set their sights a little lower this time, having fielded a largely-experienced squad led by left-winger Abdulrazzaq Murad.
“I’m happy with the way we performed. We played against some good opposition with a new-look team and the boys did their best,” said Qatar’s Spanish coach Valero Rivera.