Qatar vs. Ecuador highlights: Enner Valencia goals lead La Tri to big win in World Cup 2022 opener

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Qatar vs. Ecuador highlights: Enner Valencia goals lead La Tri to big win in World Cup 2022 opener

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has officially begun, and host nation Qatar was on hand to kick it off, as is FIFA tradition.

Instead, however, it was Ecuador striker Enner Valencia to steal the spotlight, as he scored twice to lead La Tri to victory. The 2-0 win moved Ecuador to the top of Group A in the early going with all three points.

The result meant that Qatar became the first World Cup host nation to lose its opening match. Head coach Felix Sanchez cut a frustrated figure on the touchline all match, and he will hope to regroup for the rest of the tournament to avoid becoming the second World Cup host after South Africa to be eliminated in the group stage.

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The match got off to a furious start as Ecuador emerged at Al Bayt Stadium with serious intent from the opening whistle. Enner Valencia thought he had the opening goal just three minutes in, but instead it was ruled out for offside by VAR.

For more on why the goal was ruled out by VAR, check out our explainer on the rule here.

Fear not though, Valencia would get his goal just 13 minutes later, when he was fed through on net by Michael Estrada with a brilliant line-breaking pass. Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb came off his line to challenge and took Valencia down, conceding a penalty.

Valencia would step up and open the scoring for Ecuador.

With La Tri now in front, Valencia would get his second goal of the game just past the half-hour mark, heading in a cross from full-back Angelo Preciado.

The veteran striker would take a number of thumping fouls, and just before halftime needed treatment from the medical staff. During his time receiving medical attention, the Ecuador fans serenaded their goalscorer.

Qatar’s best chance of the first half came late, just before the break, with Almoez Ali looking to become the nation’s all-time leading scorer. Al Haydos rifled a cross from the right wing and Ali was left completely unmarked, but his glancing header went wide. It was a moment he’ll want back.

The hosts had precious few moments in the match, and while they pushed for a way back in, they never found the back of the net. Late, substitute Mohammed Muntari nearly produced a moment to savor, but what would have been an early Goal of the Tournament candidate ended up agonizingly over the crossbar.

That was all she wrote for hosts Qatar, who slumped to the 2-0 defeat. Their slayer was Enner Valencia, who has now scored Ecuador’s last five World Cup goals. 

The match got off to a furious start as Ecuador emerged at Al Bayt Stadium with serious intent from the opening whistle. Enner Valencia thought he had the opening goal just three minutes in, but instead it was ruled out for offside by VAR.

For more on why the goal was ruled out by VAR, check out our explainer on the rule here.

Fear not though, Valencia would get his goal just 13 minutes later, when he was fed through on goal by Michael Estrada with a brilliant line-breaking pass. Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb came off his line to challenge and took Valencia down, conceding a penalty.

Valencia would step up and open the scoring for Ecuador.

With La Tri now in front, Valencia would get his second goal of the game just past the half-hour mark, heading in a cross from full-back Angelo Preciado.

The veteran striker would take a number of thumping fouls, and just before halftime needed treatment from the medical staff. During his time receiving medical attention, the Ecuador fans serenaded their goalscorer. After coming off in the 77th minute, Valencia was seen with ice on his knee.

There were far fewer moments in the second half for either side, but Brighton youngster Jeremy Sarmiento, on as a substitute, nearly put Ecuador 3-0 up on what would have been a stunner.

That was all she wrote for hosts Qatar, who slumped to the 2-0 defeat. Their slayer was Enner Valencia, who has now scored Ecuador’s last five World Cup goals. 

The match got off to a furious start as Ecuador emerged at Al Bayt Stadium with serious intent from the opening whistle. Enner Valencia thought he had the opening goal just three minutes in, but instead it was ruled out for offside by VAR.

For more on why the goal was ruled out by VAR, check out our explainer on the rule here.

Fear not though, Valencia would get his goal just 13 minutes later, when he was fed through on goal by Michael Estrada with a brilliant line-breaking pass. Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb came off his line to challenge and took Valencia down, conceding a penalty.

Valencia would step up and open the scoring for Ecuador.

With La Tri now in front, Valencia would get his second goal of the game just past the half-hour mark, heading in a cross from full-back Angelo Preciado.

Qatar’s best chance of the first half came late, just before the break, with Almoez Ali looking to become the nation’s all-time leading scorer. Al Haydos rifled a cross from the right wing and Ali was left completely unmarked, but his glancing header went wide. It was a moment he’ll want back.

The veteran striker would take a number of thumping fouls, and just before halftime needed treatment from the medical staff. During his time receiving medical attention, the Ecuador fans serenaded their goalscorer. After coming off in the 77th minute, Valencia was seen with ice on his knee.

Qatar had precious few moments in the match, and while they pushed for a way back in, they never found the back of the net. Late, substitute Mohammed Muntari nearly produced a moment to savor, but what would have been an early Goal of the Tournament candidate ended up agonizingly over the crossbar.

That was all she wrote for hosts Qatar, who slumped to the 2-0 defeat. Their slayer was Enner Valencia, who has now scored Ecuador’s last five World Cup goals. 

The match got off to a furious start as Ecuador emerged at Al Bayt Stadium with serious intent from the opening whistle. Enner Valencia thought he had the opening goal just three minutes in, but instead it was ruled out for offside by VAR.

For more on why the goal was ruled out by VAR, check out our explainer on the rule here.

Fear not though, Valencia would get his goal just 13 minutes later, when he was fed through on goal by Michael Estrada with a brilliant line-breaking pass. Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb came off his line to challenge and took Valencia down, conceding a penalty.

Valencia would step up and open the scoring for Ecuador.

With La Tri now in front, Valencia would get his second goal of the game just past the half-hour mark, heading in a cross from full-back Angelo Preciado.

Qatar’s best chance of the first half came late, just before the break, with Almoez Ali looking to become the nation’s all-time leading scorer. Al Haydos rifled a cross from the right wing and Ali was left completely unmarked, but his glancing header went wide. It was a moment he’ll want back.

The veteran striker would take a number of thumping fouls, and just before halftime needed treatment from the medical staff. During his time receiving medical attention, the Ecuador fans serenaded their goalscorer. After coming off in the 77th minute, Valencia was seen with ice on his knee.

Qatar had precious few moments in the match, and while they pushed for a way back in, they never found the back of the net. Late, substitute Mohammed Muntari nearly produced a moment to savor, but what would have been an early Goal of the Tournament candidate ended up agonizingly over the crossbar.

That was all she wrote for hosts Qatar, who slumped to the 2-0 defeat. Their slayer was Enner Valencia, who has now scored Ecuador’s last five World Cup goals. 

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