December 3, 2022


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Ecuador beat Qatar earlier in the tournament

This is unprecedented and Qatar would have done better without it. For the first time in World Cup history, the host nation lost the opening match of the tournament. On Sunday, November 20, the Gulf nation conceded a clear 2-0 defeat against Ecuador on the turf of the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Ghor. Qatar could not compete with the South American side during this first meeting of the World Cup.

From 3e Minutes into the game, Qatar were picked cold, conceding a goal following a dangerous clearance from Enner Valencia’s goalkeeper… before being saved by an offside, thanks to the video assist. It took a few centimeters and it was impossible to distinguish the actual speed.

The first game controversy of the tournament? Enner Valencia quickly brushed aside the question. A few minutes later, “Captain of La Tri » Instigates a mistake by the opposition goalkeeper in the area and takes it upon himself to convert the clearance, wrong-footing the goalkeeper (0-1, 16e minute).

The Qatari players dominated all areas of the game

The Ecuadorian striker, who plays for Turkish club Fenerbahce, was surely man of the match when he doubled the lead on the half-hour mark with a header from a cross. From right (0-2, 31e minute). However, the double hitter did have one drawback: a knee strike at the end of the first period that left him limping at the end of the match.

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Overall, the Qatari players dominated in all areas of the game. Almoz Ali, who was alone in the box against the opposition goalkeeper, wasted a great opportunity in the last action of the first period. Unable to reverse course, his team finished the match without a single shot on target: 2-0, final score.

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However, Spanish coach Felix Sanchez Paz’s players trained for four months for the event. The match hasn’t started, here’s “Al-Annabi”. (“Bordeaux”) has already returned to the wall. They will play against Senegal (missing Sadio Mane) on Friday 25th November at Al-Thumama Stadium at 2pm. For their part, Ecuador’s players can already check their qualification if they get a second win on the same day against the Netherlands at the Khalifa International Stadium at 5pm.

A selection of our articles on the 2022 World Cup