The World Cup is underway, with hosts Qatar butting heads with Ecuador in the one fixture on the opening day of the occasion.
It was a depressing begin to proceedings for Qatar, who have been properly and really crushed 2-0 by the South People, serving a large blow to their already slim hopes of getting something from Group A.
Listed below are two winners and two losers from the sport.
The event was just a few minutes outdated after we encountered our first dose of drama.
Ecuador appeared to have taken the lead however VAR intervened and dominated the objective out for an offside which had many followers scratching their heads and recalling a tweet which, whereas broadly reported to be a hoax, alleged that Qatar had paid their opponents and ignited calls that that they had even bribed FIFA.
A robust begin to the day for the tin foil hat brigade.
Sadly, issues did not keep suspicious for lengthy.
The referee was brandishing yellow playing cards to annoyed Qatar gamers with near-reckless abandon because the hosts have been emphatically outplayed on the worldwide stage.
Put the tin foil hats away for now.
No one has scored extra World Cup targets for Ecuador than Enner Valencia, who netted twice on the night time and was solely denied a 3rd due to the aforementioned offside name.
The previous West Ham and Everton man, who’s at the moment flying in Turkey with Fenerbahce, did not handle to finish the sport as he picked up a knee damage however the Ecuador boss has already declared Valencia match to face the Netherlands on Friday.
Two targets, a event file and no actual damage scare. A great day on the workplace for Valencia.
Whereas Valencia’s chalked-off objective was controversial at first, it ended up truly being an oft forgotten utility of the offside rule.
The rule shouldn’t be that there have to be one defender between the goalkeeper and the attacking participant, however quite two defending gamers between the participant and the objective. Clearly, a kind of is normally the goalkeeper, however not on this case.
With Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb properly off his line, he was not concerned within the melee and Ecuador’s Felix Torres was accurately dominated to be offside.
For all of the livid critics, it was truly the suitable name, though perhaps let’s not wait ten minutes earlier than broadcasting the proof subsequent time?