The opening match of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup Qatar 2022 was painted yellow, blue and red before 60,000 spectators who came to the Al Bayt stadium, as Ecuador broke a tradition by beating the host team in the opening game.
Qatar and Ecuador will kick off the FIFA World Cup
With goals from Enner Valencia, Ecuador defeated Qatar by 2 goals to 0, being the first time in the history of the soccer World Cups that a selected organizer loses in its debut.
Those led by the Argentine Gustavo Alfaro formed with a 4-4-2: Hernán Galíndez; Ángelo Preciado, Félix Torres, Piero Hincapié, Pervis Estupiñán; Jhegson Mendez, Moisés Caicedo, Romario Ibarra, Gonzalo Plata; Michael Estrada, Enner Valencia
For his part, the Spaniard, Félix Sánchez Bas, lined up with a 5-3-2: Saad Alsheeb; Boualem Khoukhi, Bassam Alrawi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Pedro Miguel Correia; Abdulaziz Hatem, Hassan Alhaydos, Karim Boudiaf, Homam Ahmed; Almoez Ali, Akram Afif.
The Italian Daniele Orsato was the referee, designated for the debut between Qatar and Ecuador, who was accompanied by Ciro Carbone and Alessandro Giallatini as assistants.
The first minutes of the game were dominated by the South American team. At minute three of the first part, the central judge of the commitment, annulled a goal to Enner Valencia for Ecuador.
In the 16th minute, a collective move by “La Tri” culminated in a penalty foul that turned into a goal by Enner Valencia, while a cross by Ángelo Preciado from the right sector at minute 31 would find Valencia well placed, who would score the second goal. of the commitment of a header close to the far post of the rival goal.
Enner, a player for Fenerbahce de Türkiye and known by the Ecuadorian fans as “Superman”, is playing his third World Cup and reached five goals and became the top scorer in World Cups for Ecuador.
In this way, the tricolor achieves its first victory in Qatar 2022 and clings to the illusion of going to the next round.
Its next match will be played on November 25. Ecuador will play its second match against the Netherlands at the Khalifa international stadium, while the hosts Qatar will face Senegal at the Al Thumama stadium.