Hosts Qatar overwhelmed by Ecuador in opening World Cup match | Qatar World Cup 2022 Information
Al Khor, Qatar – World Cup hosts Qatar have had a disappointing begin to their marketing campaign, with a 2-0 defeat to Ecuador leaving them going through an uphill battle to make it out of their group of their first-ever World Cup.
It regarded like Qatar had conceded a objective inside three minutes of kick-off within the match on the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on Sunday night.
However a header from Ecuador’s Enner Valencia, from a long-distance free-kick try from Pervis Estupinan near the midway line, was struck off by the video assistant referee (VAR).
However it was solely a brief reprieve for Qatar, enjoying in entrance of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, different Qatari royals, and a number of other international leaders in a crowd of 67,372.
After simply quarter-hour of play, Valencia was introduced down within the field by Qatari goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb and the referee pointed to the spot with out hesitation. Slotting within the penalty to the appropriate of the keeper, Valencia turned Ecuador’s all-time highest World Cup objective scorer.
Fifteen minutes later, Valencia once more discovered the web – doubling Ecuador’s benefit with a header from a cross from simply outdoors the field on the appropriate.
With half an hour gone, Qatar had been two-nil down, and had not even had a contact of the ball within the Ecuadorian field.
The hosts settled as half-time approached, however couldn’t handle to transform elevated consolation into a lot significant attacking play after the break. Ecuador had been compelled to maintain their defensive form tight as Qatar dominated possession within the second half.
With the sport within the closing quarter, the ailing double-goal scorer Valencia, the recipient of some tough challenges, was substituted for Jose Cifuentes. Ecuador, who additionally face Senegal and the Netherlands of their bid to get out of this group, will hope their star participant has not been significantly injured.
A number of moments later, Ecuador’s Jeremy Sarmiento, with slightly greater than 10 minutes on the pitch after approaching for Romario Ibarra, almost added a 3rd with a curling strike within the 79th minute, however his present flew huge.
An 86th-minute effort might have made Mohammed Muntari a Qatari hero, and nearly set Al Bayt alight when he acquired an extended ball and tried to beat the keeper with a smashing volley, solely to have the ball land on prime of the netting.
Qatar, the one host nation to lose a gap match within the historical past of the World Cup, solely had 5 photographs within the match and none had been on the right track. The crew had simply two touches contained in the opposition penalty space.
Leaving the stadium, some Qatar followers had been shellshocked by the consequence.
“So, so unhealthy. The whole lot main as much as the sport was nice. However that efficiency was very unhealthy,” Qatar fan Ahmed al-Darwish informed Al Jazeera.
“I grew up watching soccer. I really like soccer however that was disappointing. Actually disappointing. The entire world was watching us.”
Qatar fan Ahmed Ibrahim regarded ahead to the approaching matches. Qatar will now face Senegal in 5 days’ time, and the Netherlands on November 29.
“We have to be higher ready tactically,” he stated. “We now have stronger groups developing.”
Writing by James Brownsell. Hamza Mohamed contributed reporting from Al Khor.