Valencia-inspired Ecuador thump hosts Qatar in FIFA WC Opener

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DOHA: Ecuador skipper and ahead Enner Valencia struck twice to energy his facet to an emphatic 2-Zero victory over Qatar within the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Ecuador showcased their domination over Qatar proper from the beginning as their ahead Valencia netted the ball simply three minutes into the sport following a horrible mistake by Saad Al Sheeb because the latter didn’t punch away the ball from hazard.

The aim, nonetheless, was dominated out for offside as VAR confirmed Valencia invading the road as he transformed Felix Torre’s scuffed overhead kick.

Qatar goalkeeper Al Sheeb then obtained a yellow card for bringing down Valencia within the penalty space and therefore the referee awarded a penalty to the latter.

Valencia, consequently, held his composure calm to fit his effort into the bottom-right nook and powered Ecuador to get off the mark in simply the 16th minute.

Despite taking an early lead, Ecuador continued to place Qatar’s defences to the check. In the 29th minute, Torre received the closest to including one other aim however he hooked the ball excessive.

A few minutes later, nonetheless, Valencia doubled Ecuador’s lead over Qatar with an ideal header into the bottom-left nook.

Both sides continued their seek for a aim until the conclusion of the primary half however the scoreboard remained intact at 2-Zero in Ecuador’s favour.

Ecuador endured a large setback within the 77th minute when their key ahead Valencia walked off the sphere resulting from a knee harm.

Qatar, alternatively, did properly within the second half to disclaim any additional harm and even got here near scoring a comfort aim within the 86th minute when Mohammad Muntari latched over the ball excessive and fired it simply over the bar.

Following a defeat within the opening match, Qatar turned the primary host nation to lose their first match of the FIFA World Cup.

The action-filled matches of the FIFA World Cup are being telecasted reside on Pakistan’s first HD Sports channel – A Sports and are concurrently streamed on the digital platform of ARY Digital Network – ARY ZAP in crystal clear HD high quality.

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