World Cup host Qatar loses the opener towards Ecuador 0-2 in a document loss

Qatar’s first ever World Cup match led to dismay for an overmatched group and a spot in undesirable soccer historical past.

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The controversial event opened on Sunday with Qatar outplayed and embarrassed in a 2-0 loss to Ecuador in entrance of 67,372 followers at Al Bayt Stadium. In 92 years of soccer’s greatest occasion, a number group had by no means misplaced its opening recreation.

The primary World Cup within the Center East is an opportunity for Qatar, a small Arab nation jutting out into the Persian Gulf, to indicate off to the skin world. Its soccer group, taking part in at this degree for the primary time by advantage of internet hosting the event, couldn’t stay up-to-the-minute as Ecuador captain Enner Valencia scored each targets within the first half.

The match passed off after a colourful 30-minute opening ceremony – carried out by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and attended by highly effective dignitaries together with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – which promoted inclusivity and humanity dwelling “under one tent”.

For a lot of, it might be unhappy that this World Cup is being hosted by an emirate the place gay acts are unlawful, one which has come underneath sturdy criticism for the way in which migrant staff have been handled within the development of stadiums and event infrastructure since Qatar received the scandal-plagued 2010 vote.

The year-long scrutiny was by no means going to finish simply because the play on the pitch lastly entered the narrative of a event dogged by human rights controversy, however a win for the host nation would have not less than put a optimistic mild on Qatar, football-wise.

As a substitute, Qatar’s gamers, recent from spending seven months collectively in a pre-tournament coaching camp underneath Spanish coach Felix Sanchez, froze in entrance of an expectant crowd and a disciplined Ecuador facet that may solely pose a hazard to extra high-profile opponents over the following few weeks.

Valencia thought he had scored within the third minute when he headed in from shut vary after an acrobatic cross from Felix Torres. After a video evaluation of round two minutes, the Ecuadorian celebrations had been minimize brief when the aim was dominated out for what seemed to be marginal offside.

Nevertheless, Ecuador took the lead within the sixteenth minute when Valencia was tripped by Saad Alsheeb after rounding the goalkeeper, who was cautioned for the problem. Valencia was nonchalant as he trotted up and transformed the spot-kick into the underside nook. The 33-year-old striker added his second within the thirty third by heading in a right-wing cross from Angelo Preciado.

With Qatar’s passes typically going astray and its defensive raggedness repeatedly uncovered, Ecuador had no downside holding on to their lead as Sanchez stood helpless in his technical space and the house followers fell silent.

There have been loads of empty seats in a second half that was virtually a harm management train for Qatar.


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