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Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in 2022 FIFA World Cup's opening match

Fenerbahce attacker Enner Valencia rallies Ecuador to victory in first game of 2022 World Cup

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Players of Ecuador celebrate after a goal during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City, Qatar on November 20, 2022.

Foto: Salih Zeki Fazlioglu / Anadolu Agency


Ecuador on Sunday beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in the opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Fenerbahce attacker Enner Valencia netted an early one for Ecuador in the 3rd minute before it was disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) at Al Bayt Stadium.

Valencia again put the ball into Qatar’s net, with a penalty kick, in the 16th minute, and then in the 31st, he scored again with an accurate header.

Valencia walked off from a light injury in the 43rd minute, and the first half ended 2-0, despite Qatar's better display after the second goal and Almoez Ali missing a critical shot in the final seconds.

Pedro of Qatar wasted another important goal chance in the 61st minute. Enner Valencia substituted in the 77th minute, coming off the bench with applause.

After a long shot by Qatar's Muntari missed the Ecuador goal by inches in the 85th minute, the game ended 2-0 for Ecuador.

With this result, Qatar became the first hosts in the history of the World Cup to lose the opening match. Ecuador now leads Group A of World Cup with 3 points while Qatar placed fourth with zero.

Senegal will take on the Netherlands in the next Group A match on Monday.

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