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Ecuador beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in World Cup opener

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group A – Qatar v Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – November 20, 2022
Ecuador’s Enner Valencia celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Enner Valencia’s two first-half goals led Ecuador to a dominant 2-0 victory over Qatar on Sunday as the home nation froze on their big night with an error-strewn display that left them as the first World Cup hosts to lose their opening game.

Valencia, who had already had a third-minute header ruled out by VAR for offside, slotted in the tournament’s opening goal from the penalty spot in the 16th minute after being brought down by nervous-looking goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb.

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He powered home a 31st-minute header for the second and the South Americans then cruised home as an outclassed Qatar struggled to mount any meaningful attacks and had only a fluffed header by Almoez Ali to show for their limited efforts, Cyprus Mail reported.

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