They informed us that after the soccer kicked off, all the problems and controversy can be forgotten. Because it turned out, the controversy was solely simply starting.
It took simply two minutes of this hotly debated World Cup to supply a second so baffling, so inexplicable, that soccer followers all around the world have been left scratching their heads. It got here when Ecuador, taking part in the host nation Qatar, have been awarded a free kick simply inside opposition territory.
In got here the cross, the Qatari keeper struggled to succeed in the ball, and moments later we had our first objective as Enner Valencia headed into an empty internet.
Or did we?
After a minute of confusion, the referee indicated that the objective wouldn’t stand, with offside given as the rationale.
But when the replays have been proven, there initially seemed to be no offside to be discovered – nor another infringement that would have seen the objective disallowed.
It was one other 10 minutes earlier than the replay was proven once more, revealing that an Ecuador participant had in reality been offside when the free-kick was taken – if solely by a kneecap’s size.
A serious let-off for Qatar simply moments into the largest sport of their historical past.