Hosts Qatar opened the 2022 Fifa World Cup in calamitous vogue, simply crushed by Ecuador in a humbling defeat at Al Bayt.
Felix Sanchez’s males have been collectively in camp for the final six months to arrange for the event and work on ways, however a nervous and disjointed efficiency led to a Group A loss.
With Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal and three-time finalists the Netherlands to come back, this regarded like Qatar’s best sport on paper however they had been completely outplayed.
A dramatic opening to the competition noticed Enner Valencia’s header from shut vary dominated out for offside by the video assistant referee, however the South Americans did break the impasse shortly after.
Qatar’s erratic goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb introduced Valencia down within the field and the ex-West Ham ahead stepped as much as convert the spot-kick.
It obtained worse for the hosts as Valencia powered in one other header earlier than half-time to go away the Al Bayt Stadium silenced on the break.
Many supporters who had left the stadium on the interval didn’t return, leaving the bottom round half empty for a lot of the second interval.
It contributed to a flat ambiance each on and off the pitch, with Romario Ibarra’s curling shot being pushed out by Al-Sheeb.
Star males Almoez Ali and captain Hassan Al Haydos had been each substituted with 20 minutes remaining, and the aspect had been unable to muster a shot on the right track.
Qatar’s dream turns to nightmare
After the controversies and conjecture, a soccer was lastly kicked within the Qatar World Cup, 12 years on from being named as hosts.
A day that started with actual pleasure with the opening ceremony, Qatar’s dream was a nightmare as they grew to become the primary hosts within the competitors’s historical past to lose their opening sport.
The Asian champions, a event they gained again in 2019, supplied no risk within the remaining third and had been unable to check Ecuador goalkeeper Hernan Galindez as soon as.
South Africa have been the one hosts to not make it out of the group in 2010, however Qatar might observe because the second with two tough video games left to play.
Ecuador, in the meantime, have set themselves up in an excellent place to progress, extending their wonderful current kind to 1 defeat in 16 video games and protecting a clear sheet of their final seven.
They had been clearly the higher aspect and had the ball at the back of the online after 160 seconds, however Valencia’s shut vary header was dominated for offside by VAR.
There was confusion as to why the objective didn’t stand, however Felix Torres’ preliminary problem with the goalkeeper fell to Michael Estrada in an offside place.
Ecuador had been throughout Qatar, whose goalkeeper Al Sheeb was significantly shaky and he introduced down Valencia, who coolly rolled within the penalty.
Qatar barely had a sniff and their first shot got here in anger when defender Abdelkarim Hassan strode ahead however his effort from vary was blazed wildly over.
Star man Ali, who scored 9 objectives within the Asian Cup triumph, struggled to get into the sport and headed large, whereas Pedro Miguel headed did the identical within the second half.
With a lot of the group already leaving to go house, Akram Afif and substitute Mohammed Muntari each smashed over to deliver to an finish a disappointing opening night for Qatar.
- 1Al SheebBooked at 15mins
- 2Carvalho Deus Correia
- 15Al Rawi
- 3Al Haj Fadlalla
- 10Al HaydosSubstituted forJadoua Al Bayatiat 71′minutes
- 12BoudiafBooked at 36mins
- 6Mohammed Abdullah
- 19AbdullaBooked at 22minsSubstituted forMuntariat 72′minutes
- 11AfifBooked at 78mins
- 4Jadoua Al Bayati
- 8Thaimn Qambar
- 13Djebril Mohamed
- 20Al Hajri
- 23Al Haj Madibo
- 24Al Hadhrami
- 20MéndezBooked at 56mins
- 23CaicedoBooked at 29minsSubstituted forFrancoat 90′minutes
- 10IbarraSubstituted forSarmientoat 68′minutes
- 13E ValenciaSubstituted forCifuentesat 77′minutes
- 11EstradaSubstituted forRodríguezat 90′minutes
- Daniele Orsato
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Match ends, Qatar 0, Ecuador 2.
Second Half ends, Qatar 0, Ecuador 2.
Nook, Qatar. Conceded by Félix Torres.
Try missed. Kevin Rodríguez (Ecuador) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Pervis Estupiñán with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Ecuador. Conceded by Bassam Al Rawi.
Foul by Kevin Rodríguez (Ecuador).
Boualem Khoukhi (Qatar) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Ecuador. Alan Franco replaces Moisés Caicedo.
Substitution, Ecuador. Kevin Rodríguez replaces Michael Estrada.
Nook, Ecuador. Conceded by Mohammed Waad.
Try missed. Mohammed Muntari (Qatar) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is only a bit too excessive. Assisted by Bassam Al Rawi with a by ball.
Foul by José Cifuentes (Ecuador).
Abdelkarim Hassan (Qatar) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Pervis Estupiñán (Ecuador).
Bassam Al Rawi (Qatar) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Jhegson Méndez (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the appropriate wing.
Foul by Mohammed Waad (Qatar).
Foul by Gonzalo Plata (Ecuador).
Saad Al Sheeb (Qatar) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Offside, Ecuador. Piero Hincapié tries a by ball, however Jeremy Sarmiento is caught offside.
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