Qatar beaten by Ecuador in 2022 World Cup opener


    Mandatory Credit: Photo by Xinhua/Shutterstock (13631461i) Players of Ecuador celebrate scoring during the Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Nov. 20, 2022. Qatar Al Khor 2022 World Cup Group a Qat vs Ecu - 20 Nov 2022
    Ecuador got off to the perfect start against Qatar in Group A (Shutterstock)

    Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

    Qatar’s 2022 World Cup began with a 2-0 defeat to Ecuador on Sunday.

    Ecuador thought they had the perfect start after four minutes as Enner Valencia had the ball in the net but the goal was ruled out following a tight offside call.

    However, Ecuador’s dominance from the opening stages continued and Valencia put the South American nation in front from the penalty spot in the 16th minute.

    The 33-year-old former West Ham forward then doubled Ecuador’s lead with a brilliant header in the 31st minute.

    Qatar had the chance to pull a goal back shortly before half time but Almoez Ali failed to get his header on target from five yards out.

    A dazzling firework display was held at the Al Bayt Stadium before kick off
    A dazzling firework display was held at the Al Bayt Stadium before kick off (Getty)
    AL KHOR, QATAR - NOVEMBER 20: Enner Valencia of Ecuador celebrates his 2nd goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images)
    Enner Valencia’s double sealed Ecuador’s 2-0 win over Qatar (Getty)

    That opportunity turned out to be the closest Qatar came to getting their first World Cup goal as the tournament hosts struggled to trouble Ecuador in the second half.

    While a section of Qatar’s fans stayed for the entirety of the game, large swathes of empty seats could be seen at the Al Bayt Stadium as the game progressed.

    AL KHOR, QATAR - NOVEMBER 20: Qatar supporters cheer during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
    A section of Qatar’s fans were in high spirits throughout the match (Getty)

    The result puts Ecuador top of Group A, while Senegal play Netherlands in the other group fixture on Monday.

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