The victory for the South Americans was brought by the goals of Enner Valencia.

Footballers of the national team of Ecuador celebrate a goal against Qatar / photo

On Sunday, November 20, the 2022 World Cup opening match in football, in which the hosts of the tournament, the Qatar national team, opposed the national team of Ecuador.

The meeting of the teams was held at the stadium “El Bayt” in El Howrah and ended with a score of 2:0 in favor of the South American team.

Ecuador scored the first goal already in the debut of the meeting, when striker Enner Valencia scored in the fifth minute. However, the referees at VAR canceled the goal after watching video replays, fixing an offside position.

In the 16th minute, the Ecuadorians still took the lead – the penalty was converted by Enner Valencia. After 15 minutes, Valencia strengthened the advantage of his team by issuing a double.

At the end of the meeting, Qatar created a scoring chance, and Muntari became its author. The forward received a long pass and struck almost from the free-kick line, but the ball flew a little past the gate.

As a result of the meeting, Ecuador won the victory, which left no chance for the opponent.

Note that the author of the double against Qatar, Enner Valencia, was recognized as the best player in the opening match of the 2022 World Cup.

Valencia stands for the Turkish “Fenerbahce”. The Ecuadorian striker has 13 goals and four assists in 12 games this season in the Super League.

Qatar – Ecuador – 0:2

goals: Valencia, 16 (pen.), 32

Qatar: Al-Shaeb, Miguel, Al-Rawi, Houhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Ahmed, Budiyaf, Hatim, Al-Haydos (Waad, 72), Ali (Muntari, 72), Afif

Ecuador: Galindes, Preciado, Torres, Incapie, Estupinha, Plata, Mendez, Caicedo (Franco, 90), Iborra (Sarmiento, 68), Valencia (Cifuantes, 77), Estrada (Rodriguez, 90)

Warnings: Al-Sheeb, Ali, Budiyaf, Afif – Caicedo, Mendez

Match review:

It is noteworthy that having suffered a defeat in the opening match of the 2022 World Cup, the Qataris set a historic achievement. For the first time in the history of the World Cup, the host team lost the opening match of the tournament.

Prior to that, the teams of the countries that hosted the planetary championship had 16 wins and 6 draws in the opening matches.

Let’s add that the national teams of the Netherlands and Senegal also act in group A. They will play their face-to-face match on Monday, November 21st.

In the second round, Qatar will play with Senegal, and Ecuador with the Netherlands. Matches are scheduled for November 25th.

Recall that the final part of the World Cup in Qatar will be held from November 20 to December 18, 2022.

The current winner of the World Cup is the French national team, which defeated Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.

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