FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar vs Ecuador Highlights: Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in the opener

FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar vs Ecuador Highlights: Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in the opener

FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar vs Ecuador Highlights: Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in the opener

Enner Valencia's two first-half goals led Ecuador to a dominant 2-0 victory over Qatar on Sunday as the home nation froze on their big night with an error-strewn display that left them as the first World Cup hosts to lose their opening game. Valencia, who had already had a third-minute header ruled out by VAR for offside, slotted in the tournament's opening goal from the penalty spot in the 16th minute after being brought down by nervous-looking goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb. He powered home a 31st-minute header for the second and the South Americans then cruised home as an outclassed Qatar struggled to mount any meaningful attacks and had only a fluffed header by Almoez Ali to show for their limited efforts.

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No goals in the second half as Ecuador opened their campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over hosts Qatar in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Captain Valencia's two goals in the first half were enough for the South American side to collect all three points on the offer. Qatar were more organised in the second half and were successful to limit the damage to two goals in the game. But they failed to create good chances in front of Ecuador's goal.

90' - SUBSTITUTIONS! Double change for Ecuador: Kevin Rodriguez and Alan Franco replace Michael Estrada and Moises Caicedo

86' - Mohammed Muntari hits the net from the top of the box. Good strike, but it goes just over the Ecuador crossbar.

84' - Play mostly happening in Qatar's half at the moment. Looks like the game is settled now for both the teams. Ecuador are not looking for more goals and Qatar are quite okay with not conceding more.

79' - Jeremy Sarmiento shoots it over the Qatar crossbar from 11 yards out. And the flag is also up for offside.

78' - YELLOW CARD! Qatar's Akram Afif is booked for a nasty challenge on Gonzalo Plata

77' - SUBSTITUTION! Change for Ecuador: Jose Cifuentas replaces Enner Valencia

76' - Enner Valencia is down on the pitch again. Looks like he will be replaced now.

75' - No shot on target for Qatar yet. But they have kept Ecuador quiet in the second half so far.

71' - SUBSTITUTIONS! Double change for Qatar: Mohammed Muntari and Mohammed Waad replace Hassan Al Haydos and Almoez Ali

68' - SUBSTITUTION! Change for Ecuador: Jeremy Sarmiento replaces Romario Ibarra

65' - Ecuador lead 3-0 in the 'attempt on target' stats at the moment. They made 4 attempts and three of them were on target. Qatar made 3 attempts, all off target.

61' - Angelo Preciado limped off the pitch. Ecuador are down by a man at the moment. He is back on the field.

56' - YELLOW CARD! Ecuador's Jhegson Méndez is booked for a nasty challenge on Akram Afif