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Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS – FIFA World Cup 2022: QAT 0-2 ECU – Ecuador sealed all 3 points as they comfortably defeated Qatar in the opening game with a 2-0 lead. A first-half BRACE from skipper Enner Valencia was enough for the South American side to grab the vital. Enner Valencia opened the scoring within 3 minutes. However, after a lengthy VAR check, the goal was ruled out as the hosts survive an early mishap. Valencia then scored from the spot after being fouled inside the box and then with a Towering header made it 2-0 just past the half-hour mark. Watch FIFA WC LIVE Streaming & FIFA WC 2022 Highlights on Jio Cinemas.

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Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS: Rampant Ecuador BLOW away Qatar in Opening Game, Enner Valencia BRACE seals all 3 points for Ecuador: Check FIFA WC 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

Ecuador eased past World Cup debutants Qatar 2-0 on Sunday with first-half goals from veteran striker Enner Valencia in a one-sided affair that was the first opening game defeat for a host nation in the tournament’s history. Ecuador’s all-time top scorer, nicknamed “Superman” at home, scored an early penalty and added a well-taken 31st-minute header to give the South Americans a commanding first-half lead as the home side froze with the enormity of the occasion.

“Maybe the responsibility and the nerves got the better of us,” Qatar’s Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said.

It could have been even worse for the Qataris in front of a 67,372 crowd at the tent-shaped Al Bayt stadium where they were kicking off the Middle East’s first World Cup. Valencia had a third minute header disallowed for a marginal offside after shaky goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb flapped at the ball.

Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS: Rampant Ecuador BLOW away Qatar in Opening Game, Enner Valencia BRACE seals all 3 points for Ecuador: Check FIFA WC 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS: Fluent Ecuador BLOW away Qatar in Opening Game, Valencia’s BRACE seals 3 points for Ecuador

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“I thought it was a goal. I think Michael Estrada needs to do something about his toe nails because it was very tight,” quipped Ecuador’s manager Gustavo Alfaro of his player whose foot was judged offside. Ecuador kept pressing though and Valencia coolly dispatched a penalty in the 16th minute after Alsheeb had tripped him. For his second, Valencia was unmarked but still showed great technique to stoop and take Angelo Preciado’s cross almost from behind him to head past Alsheeb again.

“I dreamt so many times about winning this opening match. This was a dream that I managed to score and help my team get the three points,” Valencia said.

“We managed to score a couple of quick goals which helped us to get control of the game … We think we can go very far and perform well.”

The 33-year-old scored all of Ecuador’s three goals at their last World Cup appearance in 2014 and Sunday’s double cemented his status as a national hero. Ecuador’s second goal killed the Group A game as a contest and the second half was played at a slow pace, with many Qataris leaving before the end as Ecuador’s fans chanted “Ole!”

Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS: Fluent Ecuador BLOW away Qatar in Opening Game, Valencia’s BRACE seals 3 points for Ecuador

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Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS: Rampant Ecuador BLOW away Qatar in Opening Game, Enner Valencia BRACE seals all 3 points for Ecuador: Check FIFA WC 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

Qatar looked largely toothless despite an enviously long time to bond and train together, including summer camps in Europe. Almoez Ali had their best chance at the end of the first half, heading wide but then judged offside. Mohammed Muntari also fired over in the dying minutes.

Qatar coach Sanchez looked increasingly disconsolate watching his nervous-looking players misplace passes and allow Ecuador to outmuscle them easily from front to back. “There is no excuse, I want to congratulate our opponents Ecuador. There is a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “We just have to let go, forget about it and be more competitive.”

Both sides now have to play African champions Senegal and three-times World Cup finalists the Netherlands, with Qatar’s chances of qualifying from the group stage or even picking up points looking slim on Sunday’s performance. At their fourth World Cup, Ecuador are dreaming of surpassing their best ever previous showing at the finals when they reached the last 16 in 2006.

Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS: Rampant Ecuador BLOW away Qatar in Opening Game, Enner Valencia BRACE seals all 3 points for Ecuador: Check FIFA WC 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

Their coach Alfaro will be happy that his players put aside the furore over defender Byron Castillo, left at home to avoid further controversy after they faced possible expulsion in a complaint by Chile over his nationality status.

“It was a great victory, especially as it was the opening World Cup match, so there’s more pressure and tension. You don’t know how your team is going to perform. We are the youngest team in this World Cup. If we want to move to the knockout stage, then we had to win this match.”

Qatar vs Ecuador HIGHLIGHTS: Rampant Ecuador BLOW away Qatar in Opening Game, Enner Valencia BRACE seals all 3 points for Ecuador: Check FIFA WC 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

Qatar  Starting XI: Alsheeb; Khouki, Hisham, Hassan; Miguel, Hatem, Alhaydos, Boudiaf, Ahmed; Afif, Ali.Ecuador Starting XI: Galindez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Ibarra, Plata, Caicedo, Mendez; Estrada, Valenica.

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