2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar opened its long-awaited schedule on Sunday towards fellow Group A aspect Ecuador, nevertheless it was the CONMEBOL representatives who had the final chuckle at Al Bayt Stadium.
Enner Valencia scored twice within the first half to information Ecuador previous Qatar 2-0 for a gap day win on the competitors. Despite VAR ruling out a third-minute opener for Ecuador, the Fenerbahce ahead scored quarter-hour aside to assist Ecuador declare an vital three factors.
Valencia thought he had given Ecuador a 1-0 lead following an error from Saad Al-Sheeb within the third minute, however VAR waived the objective off as a consequence of offsides. It didn’t appear to be Valencia was in an offsides place earlier than Al-Sheeb’s failed punch within the field, however the objective was wiped away for Gustavo Alfaro’s squad.
However, Ecuador would declare a first-half lead within the sixteenth minute as Valencia stepped up and despatched Al-Sheeb the incorrect manner from the penalty spot. Al-Sheeb was the responsible social gathering but once more for Qatar, tripping the veteran ahead within the field on a one-on-one scenario.
Ecuador would double its lead within the thirty first minute as Angelo Preciado’s cross from the correct wing was headed house by Valencia for his Thirty seventh-career worldwide objective. Valencia’s highly effective header snuck into the bottom-left nook, placing Qatar beneath added stress in entrance of its house supporters.
Almoez Ali missed a golden alternative in first-half stoppage time to chop Qatar’s deficit in half, glancing a header simply extensive of Hernan Galiandez’s internet.
Despite added stress by Qatar within the second half, Galiandez was hardly ever troubled, ending with a zero-save shutout. Ecuador will subsequent face the Netherlands on Friday whereas Qatar takes on Senegal.