Enner Valencia’s Ecuador easy winner of Qatar in the opening of the World Cup

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Enner Valencia’s Ecuador easy winner of Qatar in the opening of the World Cup

The game: 0-2

In 92 years, never a host country had lost the opening match: it’s done. Very weak, Qatar lost against Ecuador (0-2). Eaten up by the South American intensity, unable to have the second balls, the reigning Asian champion was completely overwhelmed. The four months of training (in Austria and Spain) obviously did not bear fruit.

Losing 0-2 shortly after the half hour mark on a brace from Valencia (see elsewhere), the men of Felix Sanchez Bas had shown serious defensive limits from the 3rd. Beaten in the air twice, goalkeeper Al-Sheeb had been saved by VAR, Estrada being flagged offside on receiving a long free kick. Constantly misplaced, guilty of the penalty on Valencia, hit on an outing, the Qatari goalkeeper had a very complicated start to the match. He then distinguished himself by repelling a shot from Ibarra (55th), during a soporific second period.

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Qatar missed a single shot against Ecuador (from five attempts) and finished with just 0.32 xG.

In the meantime, Ali had not been able to save the honor of Bordeaux, his header not being on target when he was alone in front of Galindez (45th + 4). Given the level displayed and the adversity offered (Senegal, Netherlands), Qatar (50th FIFA nation) could become the first host country to finish without any points.

The player: Valencia was too strong

Qatar’s defense could not cope with the experience and activity of Enner Valencia, who won many duels (9 out of 13): the 33-year-old striker also forced three opponents to take warnings. Above all, he opened the scoring calmly on a penalty he obtained (16th) before doubling the bet with a very well placed header (31st).

The Fenerbahçe player, who notably scored in the first leg and return against Rennes in the group stage of the Europa League, is on track to equal or even exceed his personal best at a World Cup (3 goals in 2014). For that, his painful right knee, which forced him out in the 75th minute, will have to leave him alone. Above all, the former West Ham player launched his team perfectly in this competition.

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