Qatar – Ecuador in the opening of the 2022 World Cup

QATAR – ECUADOR IN THE OPENING OF THE 2022 WORLD CUP

Today is Monday, November 21, 2022 and it’s here, the World Cup 2022 is well and truly launched! After a grandiose opening ceremony, where many personalities such as Morgan Freeman could be observed, the host country opened the hostilities by kicking off the first match of the competition, yesterday at 5 pm against Ecuador.

A FIRST CONTENTIOUS ACTION…

We could very quickly observe the numerous Qatari deficiencies. Indeed, from the first moments of the match, we thought the Ecuadorian goal was opened after a ball delivered in the heart of the area and headed by Enner Valencia. But the VAR decided to cancel the goal after having decreed an offside position. The action made a lot of talk because It was almost impossible to determine the exact moment when the Ecuadorian striker was in an offside position. Nevertheless, the score was reduced to 0-0 after this action.

But this did not discourage the physically superior South Americans, who won almost all their duels and were more diligent in creating their chances. In the 16th minute, Valencia broke through the Qatari defense and hooked the keeper Al-Sheeb, who knocked him off balance, resulting in a penalty. The Ecuadorian striker did not hesitate to convert his penalty with a perfect counter-punch. 1-0 for Ecuador.

A SOUTH AMERICAN MASTER’S DEGREE

As the minutes passed, the South American players became more and more pressing. With the Qatari side struggling to create chances or even to get out of trouble, Ecuador took advantage of the situation to put in a pinpoint cross from the penalty spot. Enner Valencia emerges and comes to place a masterful header. Al-Sheeb could not do anything and lost to the Ecuadorian striker who scored a double in his first game. Just before half-time, Ali misses his header for one of the only Qatari situations of the game (45’+5).

In the second half, the Qatari players tried harder, but without success. The South Americans will have shown some defensive gaps, fortunately for them without consequences. Coach Felix Sanchez’s players lost logically to the Ecuadorians (0-2), and thus became the first host country to lose in the opening match.