Qatar is the first ever host nation to lose the opening game of the World Cup, beaten 2-0 by Ecuador


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The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicked off on Monday, November 21 (Singapore time) as hosts Qatar took on Ecuador in front of more than 67,000 spectators at Al Bayt Stadium.

The Qataris eventually lost 2-0 to Ecuadorians, making them the first host nation in history to lose the opening game of the World Cup.

This was also Qatar’s first time participating in the World Cup, a feat they were able to achieve thanks to hosting the tournament.

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The first goal of the match was disallowed

Just under 3 minutes into the match, Ecuador scored their first goal, courtesy of their captain and all-time leading goalscorer Enner Valencia.

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However, the party in Ecuador was short-lived when a VAR check ruled that the goal was disallowed due to clear offside.

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About 10 minutes after the controversial decision, Ecuador were awarded a penalty after Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb knocked Valencia down in the penalty area.

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Gif edited via Mediacorp/YouTube.

Valencia himself took the penalty kick and worked coolly from the spot, giving his team the lead.

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Around the 30th minute, Valencia doubled his tally with a powerful header into the bottom left corner of the goal, securing victory for his country.

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Ecuador is now at the top of the table in Group A with three points.

Qatari fans left the stadium early

After Qatar conceded the two goals, disgruntled fans gradually saw Al Bayt Stadium leave.

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According to the New York Times“thousands” of Qatari fans left the stadium after the break and did not return to their seats.

Photos from international media reports show a large number of empty seats in the stadium while the match was still in progress.

Top image via FIFA World Cup/Twitter.


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