World Cup 2022: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador: Enner Valencia double gives South Americans win


92
19 shares, 92 points

BBC New | World

Last updated on .From the section World Cup

Hosts Qatar opened the 2022 Fifa World Cup in calamitous fashion, easily beaten by Ecuador in a humbling defeat at Al Bayt.

Felix Sanchez’s men have been together in camp for the last six months to prepare for the tournament and work on tactics, but a nervous and disjointed performance led to a Group A loss.

With Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal and three-time finalists the Netherlands to come, this looked like Qatar’s easiest game on paper but they were totally outplayed.

A dramatic opening to the contest saw Enner Valencia’s header from close range ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee, but the South Americans did break the deadlock shortly after.

Qatar’s erratic goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb brought Valencia down in the box and the ex-West Ham forward stepped up to convert the spot-kick.

It got worse for the hosts as Valencia powered in another header before half-time to leave the Al Bayt Stadium silenced at the break.

Many supporters who had left the stadium at the interval did not return, leaving the ground around half empty for much of the second period.

It contributed to a flat atmosphere both off and on the pitch, with Romario Ibarra’s curling shot being pushed out by Al-Sheeb.

Star men Almoez Ali and captain Hassan Al Haydos were both substituted with 20 minutes remaining, and the side were unable to muster a shot on target.

Ecuador players celebrate Enner Valencia's (centre-right) goal against QatarValencia (centre-right) spent three years at West Ham between 2014-2017 – including a loan spell at Everton – before moving to Mexican side Tigres UANL

Qatar’s dream turns to nightmare

After the controversies and conjecture, a football was finally kicked in the Qatar World Cup, 12 years on from being named as hosts.

A day that began with real excitement with the opening ceremony, Qatar’s dream turned into a nightmare as they became the first hosts in the competition’s history to lose their opening game.

The Asian champions, a tournament they won back in 2019, offered no threat in the final third and were unable to test Ecuador goalkeeper Hernan Galindez once.

South Africa have been the only hosts not to make it out of the group in 2010, but Qatar could follow as the second with two difficult games left to play.

Ecuador, meanwhile, have set themselves up in a superb position to progress, extending their excellent recent form to one defeat in 16 games and keeping a clean sheet in their last seven.

They were clearly the better side and had the ball in the back of the net after 160 seconds, but Valencia’s close range header was ruled for offside by VAR.

There was confusion as to why the goal did not stand, but Felix Torres’ initial challenge with the goalkeeper fell to Michael Estrada in an offside position.

Ecuador were all over Qatar, whose goalkeeper Al Sheeb was particularly shaky and he brought down Valencia, who coolly rolled in the penalty.

Qatar barely had a sniff and their first shot came in anger when defender Abdelkarim Hassan strode forward but his effort from range was blazed wildly over.

Star man Ali, who scored nine goals in the Asian Cup triumph, struggled to get into the game and headed wide, while Pedro Miguel headed did the same in the second half.

With much of the crowd already leaving to go home, Akram Afif and substitute Mohammed Muntari both smashed over to bring to an end a disappointing opening evening for Qatar.

Player of the match

E ValenciaE Valencia

with an average of

8.60

Qatar

Avg

  1. Squad number

    9

    Player name

    Muntari

    Average rating

    2.75

  2. Squad number

    1

    Player name

    Saad Al Sheeb

    Average rating

    2.61

  3. Squad number

    4

    Player name

    Mohammed Waad

    Average rating

    2.56

  4. Squad number

    2

    Player name

    Pedro Miguel

    Average rating

    2.40

  5. Squad number

    11

    Player name

    Akram Afif

    Average rating

    2.38

  6. Squad number

    14

    Player name

    Homam Ahmed

    Average rating

    2.29

  7. Squad number

    10

    Player name

    Hassan Al Haydos

    Average rating

    2.28

  8. Squad number

    19

    Player name

    Almoez Ali

    Average rating

    2.28

  9. Squad number

    16

    Player name

    Khoukhi

    Average rating

    2.23

  10. Squad number

    15

    Player name

    Bassam Al Rawi

    Average rating

    2.22

  11. Squad number

    6

    Player name

    Abdulaziz Hatem

    Average rating

    2.20

  12. Squad number

    3

    Player name

    Abdelkarim Hassan

    Average rating

    2.20

  13. Squad number

    12

    Player name

    Boudiaf

    Average rating

    2.16

Ecuador

Avg

  1. Squad number

    13

    Player name

    E Valencia

    Average rating

    8.60

  2. Squad number

    7

    Player name

    Estupiñán

    Average rating

    8.09

  3. Squad number

    23

    Player name

    Caicedo

    Average rating

    7.97

  4. Squad number

    11

    Player name

    Estrada

    Average rating

    7.90

  5. Squad number

    19

    Player name

    Plata

    Average rating

    7.86

  6. Squad number

    20

    Player name

    Méndez

    Average rating

    7.74

  7. Squad number

    3

    Player name

    Hincapié

    Average rating

    7.73

  8. Squad number

    17

    Player name

    Preciado

    Average rating

    7.73

  9. Squad number

    2

    Player name

    Torres

    Average rating

    7.72

  10. Squad number

    10

    Player name

    Ibarra

    Average rating

    7.72

  11. Squad number

    16

    Player name

    Sarmiento

    Average rating

    7.50

  12. Squad number

    1

    Player name

    Galíndez

    Average rating

    7.29

  13. Squad number

    5

    Player name

    Cifuentes

    Average rating

    7.20

  14. Squad number

    21

    Player name

    Franco

    Average rating

    7.14

  15. Squad number

    26

    Player name

    Rodríguez

    Average rating

    7.06

Line-ups

Qatar

Formation 5-3-2

1

Al Sheeb

2

Carvalho Deus Correia

15

Al Rawi

16

Khoukhi

3

Al Haj Fadlalla

14

Ahmed

10

Al Haydos

12

Boudiaf

6

Mohammed Abdullah

19

Abdulla

11

Afif

  • 1

    Al Sheeb

    Booked at 15mins

  • 2

    Carvalho Deus Correia

  • 15

    Al Rawi

  • 16

    Khoukhi

  • 3

    Al Haj Fadlalla

  • 14

    Ahmed

  • 10

    Al Haydos

    Substituted for

    Jadoua Al Bayati

    at

    71′

    minutes

  • 12

    Boudiaf

    Booked at 36mins

  • 6

    Mohammed Abdullah

  • 19

    Abdulla

    Booked at 22mins

    Substituted for

    Muntari

    at

    72′

    minutes

  • 11

    Afif

    Booked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 4

    Jadoua Al Bayati

  • 5

    Odeh

  • 7

    Abdelmotaal

  • 8

    Thaimn Qambar

  • 9

    Muntari

  • 13

    Djebril Mohamed

  • 17

    Mohammad

  • 18

    Mazeed

  • 20

    Al Hajri

  • 21

    Ali

  • 22

    Barsham

  • 23

    Al Haj Madibo

  • 24

    Al Hadhrami

  • 25

    Abdulsallam

  • 26

    Meshaal

Ecuador

Formation 4-4-2

1

Galíndez

17

Preciado

2

Torres

3

Hincapié

7

Estupiñán

19

Plata

20

Méndez

23

Caicedo

10

Ibarra

13

E Valencia

11

Estrada

  • 1

    Galíndez

  • 17

    Preciado

  • 2

    Torres

  • 3

    Hincapié

  • 7

    Estupiñán

  • 19

    Plata

  • 20

    Méndez

    Booked at 56mins

  • 23

    Caicedo

    Booked at 29mins

    Substituted for

    Franco

    at

    90′

    minutes

  • 10

    Ibarra

    Substituted for

    Sarmiento

    at

    68′

    minutes

  • 13

    E Valencia

    Substituted for

    Cifuentes

    at

    77′

    minutes

  • 11

    Estrada

    Substituted for

    Rodríguez

    at

    90′

    minutes

Substitutes

  • 4

    Arboleda

  • 5

    Cifuentes

  • 6

    Pacho

  • 8

    Gruezo

  • 9

    Preciado

  • 12

    Ramírez

  • 14

    Arreaga

  • 15

    Mena

  • 16

    Sarmiento

  • 18

    Palacios

  • 21

    Franco

  • 22

    Domínguez

  • 24

    Reasco

  • 25

    Porozo

  • 26

    Rodríguez

Referee:
Daniele Orsato

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Qatar 0, Ecuador 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Qatar 0, Ecuador 2.

  3. Read more – BBC New | World

Advertisements

Like it? Share with your friends!

92
19 shares, 92 points

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
15
hate
confused confused
8
confused
fail fail
3
fail
fun fun
1
fun
geeky geeky
16
geeky
love love
11
love
lol lol
13
lol
omg omg
8
omg
win win
3
win