Qatar vs Ecuador, Group A, FIFA World Cup 2022 Enner Valencia’s two goals have given Ecuador a comfortable victory 2-0 over Qatar.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup officially begins on Sunday with the Opening Ceremony, and the 1st match with host Qatar vs Ecuador in Group A.
Ecuador skipper Enner Valencia hit the nets within 3mins, he has put his team ahead as he nods the ball into the net after some penalty box pinball resulting from an Ecuador free kick. But to the dismay of the South Americans, the goal is disallowed for an offside.
Enner Valencia’s two goals at 16’(p),31’, have given Ecuador a commanding 2-0 lead over hosts Qatar in the opening game of the FIFA World Cup. In the first half, it was all about the dominance of the South Americans as they completely outplayed Qatar. The first goal was a penalty while the second was a brilliant header.
Qatar, seeking to avoid being the first World Cup hosts to lose an opening game, looked shaky despite months of preparations.
The hosts have had a little more of the ball in the second half, but hardly seem to be able to do anything with it. They hardly have had any joy in the attacking third and were reduced to speculative long balls, easily cut off by the Ecuadorian defence. In contrast, the South Americans look dangerous almost every time they ventured forward.
They are much more comfortable with the ball and managing the game effectively as there seems to be no way back for Qatar. They are on their way to earning the dubious distinction of being the first host to lose the opening match of the World Cup.
On 75 min A disappointing miss from Akram Afif (qatar) The 26-year-old had a bit of time to line up a drive from 25 yards, but he swishes it high over the bar.
In 76′ Enner Valencia was substituted, The Ecuador captain was struggling with that right knee since the first half and is now finally taken off. Jhon Cifuente replaces the sole goalscorer of the game so far.
FULL TIME – QATAR 0 -2 ECUADOR
Lineup and Formation used in Todays Match
Qatar (5-3-2): Saad Alsheeb; Pedro Miguel, Boualem Khoukhi, Bassam Hisham, Abdelkarim Hassan, Homam Ahmed; Abdulaziz Hatem, Hassan Alhaydos, Karim Boudiaf; Akram Afif, Almoez Ali. Substitutes: Mohammed Waad, Tarek Salman, Ahmed Alaaeldin, Yousof Hassan, Meshaal Barsham, Ali Assaballa, Mohammed Muntari, Musaab Khidir, Ismail Mohamad, Khalid Muneer, Salem Al Hajri, Assim Madibo, Naif Abdulraheem, Jassem Gaber, Mostafa Tarek Meshaal,
Ecuador (4-4-2): Galindez, A Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Mendez, Caicedo, Ibarra; Valencia, Estrada. Substitutes: Arboleda, Cifuentes, Pacho, Gruezo, E Preciado, Ramirez, Arreaga, Mena, Sarmiento, Palacios, Franco, Dominguez, Reasco, Porozo, Rodriguez.
Who wins qatar vs ecuador?
Hosts Qatar 0-2 Ecuador in the FIFA World Cup 2022 opener, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, on Sunday.
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