Ecuador put two unanswered objectives previous Qatar for victory within the World Cup’s opening match.
World Cup hosts Qatar have had a disappointing begin to their marketing campaign, with a 2-Zero defeat to Ecuador leaving them going through an uphill wrestle to make it out of their group of their first ever World Cup.
It seemed like Qatar had conceded a aim inside six minutes of kick-off within the match on Sunday night at al-Bayt Stadium. But the header from Ecuador’s Enner Valencia, from a long-distance free-kick try from Pervis Estupinan near the midway line, was struck off by VAR moments later.
But it was solely a short lived reprieve for Qatar, enjoying in entrance of the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, different Qatari royals, and several other overseas leaders in a crowd of 60,000.
After simply fifteen minutes of play, Valencia was introduced down within the field by Qatari goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb and the referee pointed to the spot with out hesitation. Slotting within the penalty to the proper of the keeper, Valencia grew to become Ecuador’s all-time highest World Cup aim scorer.
Fifteen minutes later, Valencia once more discovered the web – doubling Ecuador’s benefit with a header from a cross from simply exterior the field on the proper.
With half an hour gone, Qatar have been two-nil down, and had not even had a contact of the ball within the Ecuadorian field.
The hosts settled as half-time approached, however might handle to transform consolation into a lot significant attacking play within the second half.
An 86th-minute effort from Muntari almost set Al Bayt alight when he obtained a protracted ball and tried to beat the keeper with a volley – however the ball landed on prime of the netting.
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