Ecuador scored two unanswered objectives over Qatar for victory within the opening match of the World Cup.
World Cup hosts Qatar have had a disappointing begin to the marketing campaign, with a 2-0 loss to Ecuador leaving them dealing with an uphill struggle to get out of their group of their first World Cup.
Qatar appeared to have conceded a objective six minutes into Sunday night time’s recreation at al-Bayt Stadium. However Ecuadorian Enner Valencia’s header, off a Pervis Estupinan free-kick from lengthy vary close to the midway line, was deflected by VAR moments later.
However it was solely a short lived reprieve for Qatar, enjoying in entrance of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, different Qatari royals and a number of other overseas leaders in a crowd of 60,000.
After simply fifteen minutes of play, Valencia have been introduced down within the space by Qatari goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb and the referee awarded the penalty with out hesitation. By scoring the penalty to the fitting of the goalkeeper, Valencia turned Ecuador’s all-time high scorer within the World Cup.
Fifteen minutes later, Valencia discovered the online once more, doubling Ecuador’s lead with a header from a cross from outdoors the field on the fitting.
After half an hour of play, Qatar was down two-nil, and had not even had a contact of the ball within the Ecuadorian space.
The hosts calmed down as half time approached, however have been in a position to flip consolation into very vital attacking play within the second half.
An 86th-minute effort from Muntari practically set Al Bayt on fireplace as he acquired an extended ball and tried to beat the keeper with a volley, however the ball landed within the high of the online.
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