Qatar beaten by Ecuador at the start of the competition

It is unprecedented and Qatar would have done just fine without it. For the first time in World Cup history, the host country lost in the opening match of the competition. The Gulf country suffered a clear defeat, 2-0, against Ecuador, on Sunday 20 November, on the grass of the Al-Bayt stadium, in Al-Khor. Qatar never seemed able to compete with the South American selection during this first World Cup meeting.

From 3And minute of the game, Qatar were targeted, conceding a goal from Enner Valencia after a risky exit from their goalkeeper… before being saved by an offside signaled afterwards thanks to the video of the assist. It took a few centimeters, impossible to distinguish at real speed.

The first sporting controversy of the competition? Enner Valencia quickly shelved the question. A few minutes later, the captain of “la Tri » causes a foul by the opposing goalkeeper in the area and takes charge of converting the penalty himself, displacing the goalkeeper (0-1, 16And minute).

Qatar dominated in all areas of the game

The Ecuadorian striker, with Fenerbahçe, in Turkey, definitely becomes the man of the match when on the half hour he doubles his lead with a header that is as powerful as it is difficult to execute, after receiving a cross from the right (0-2, 31And minute). A downside, however, for the brace: hit in the knee at the end of the first period, he came out limping at the end of the match.

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Overall, the Qataris were dominated in all areas of the game: only in the box against the opposing goalkeeper, Almoez Ali wasted a great chance in the last action of the first half. Unable to reverse the trend, his team ends the match without a single shot on goal: 2-0, final score.

However, Spain coach Felix Sanchez Bas’s players trained for four months for this event. Just started the competition, here are the “Al-Annabi” (the “Bordeaux”) already with their backs to the wall. They will play against Senegal (deprived of Sadio Mané) on Friday 25 November, at the Al-Thumama stadium, at 14:00. For their part, the Ecuadorians could already validate the qualification in case of a second victory on the same day against the Netherlands, at the Khalifa International Stadium, at 17:00.

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