Enner Valencia bagged a brace as Ecuador firmly put Qatar of their place within the 2022 World Cup opening recreation.
The previous Everton and West Ham ahead was in good kind within the first half, scoring twice whereas the house nation seemed usually hapless in each single side of the sport.
Ecuador discovered the breakthrough contained in the opening minutes when Enner Valencia nodded house after a goalkeeping error from Saad Al Sheeb.
After a VAR examine nonetheless, the aim was dominated out for offside… nicely we have been informed it was offside… though replays did not actually present something of the type.
After a short time a comparatively conclusive CGI reply of the aim did present that an Ecuador participant’s kneecap was simply offside.
Valencia did finally get his aim, and the primary of the 2022 World Cup, from the spot within the sixteenth minute.
After being introduced down by Al Sheeb within the penalty space, the previous West Ham and Everton man coolly slotted the ball into the underside nook.
West Ham and Everton Twitter rejoiced.
Whereas the remainder of Twitter took the time to slag off Al Sheeb who was, by all accounts, enduring a nightmare begin to the match.
Valencia then added one other to his World Cup aim tally, heading brilliantly house to – weirdly – make him the Golden Boot favorite… for a day at the very least.
Regardless of being, in all honesty, fully horrible, Qatar did handle to create a fantastic probability in added time on the finish of the primary half.
Stated probability would fall to Almoez Ali, who was unable to direct a free header goalward after he had accomplished nicely to latch onto a Hassan Al Haidos cross from the suitable flank.
Sadly for each single particular person watching the sport, the beginning of the second half was quite dire.
Ecuador knew they’d the sport sewn up, whereas Qatar seemed incapable of doing, nicely, something ever.
It wasn’t enjoyable.
And that was that.
The second half actually was that a lot of a non-event.
Ecuador have been just too good for a Qatar aspect who will want a minor miracle to attain a aim at this match.