Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS – FIFA World Cup 2022: QAT 0-2 ECU – Ecuador sealed all 3 points as they comfortably defeated Qatar in the opening game with a 2-0 lead. A first-half BRACE from skipper Enner Valencia was enough for the South American side to grab the vital. Enner Valencia opened the scoring within 3 minutes. However, after a lengthy VAR check, the goal was ruled out as the hosts survive an early mishap. Valencia then scored from the spot after being fouled inside the box and then with a Towering header made it 2-0 just past the half-hour mark.
Ecuador eased past World Cup debutants Qatar 2-0 on Sunday with first-half goals from veteran striker Enner Valencia in a one-sided affair that was the first opening game defeat for a host nation in the tournament’s history. Ecuador’s all-time top scorer, nicknamed “Superman” at home, scored an early penalty and added a well-taken 31st-minute header to give the South Americans a commanding first-half lead as the home side froze with the enormity of the occasion.
“Maybe the responsibility and the nerves got the better of us,” Qatar’s Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said.
It could have been even worse for the Qataris in front of a 67,372 crowd at the tent-shaped Al Bayt stadium where they were kicking off the Middle East’s first World Cup. Valencia had a third minute header disallowed for a marginal offside after shaky goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb flapped at the ball