Ecuador Vs Qatar at the World Cup

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Having never lost a World Cup opener before, Qatar hoped to start the tournament with a bang. But the hosts were on the wrong side of a humbling 2-0 defeat to Ecuador on the first day of the tournament. After a drab opening half, Qatar improved in the second half, but Ecuador held on to win a first win against Qatar in 64 years.

Ecuador won a crucial first-round game against Qatar to top Group A, which also included Netherlands and Senegal. Ecuador was a notch above the hosts on the pitch, with a solid defensive performance that was not surprising given the team’s impressive form leading up to the tournament.

Ecuador began the match on the front foot, with Enner Valencia scoring twice in the first half. The first goal came after a darting run by Valencia, which led to a penalty kick. The penalty was awarded, and Valencia coolly rolled the ball into the back of the net. Ecuador also scored through penalty kicks, with the score 2-0 at halftime.

Ecuador’s fans were on the edge of their seats, and they flooded the streets. Ecuadorian fans wore the La Tricolour and miniatures of the country’s flag, and loaded buses to get to the stadium. Ecuador played in a 4-3-3 formation, with two players in front of goal. However, Ecuador sat back in the second half, and it was a sloppy defensive performance that exposed Qatar. Despite a good start, Ecuador never really tested Qatar’s goalkeeper Hernan Galindez. Qatar did manage to get one shot on target, but it was not enough.

Ecuador took the lead in the 31st minute when Enner Valencia headed home from close range. The next goal came after Ecuadorian wingback Ibarra slid a cross into the box. Afif then went for the goal from 25 yards. However, a video review ruled the goal offside.

The third goal came from Ecuadorian right wingback Estupinan, who raced to the goal line. Ecuadorian goalkeeper Hernan Galindez did not save any of the shots, but he was well positioned to stop the ball. The fourth official signalled five minutes of stoppage time. After the goal, the stadium erupted in cheers.

Ecuador’s fans rushed to the stadium, and queues formed outside metro stations. The stadium was packed to the rafters, and a song called “Shoomila, Shoomila” echoed in the air. The song was popular when Qatar was boycotted by its neighbours in 2017.

Ecuador had not played a competitive match since a 2-2 draw against Iraq in a warm-up match in January. But Ecuador’s players have spent the past six months preparing for the World Cup. They will play Netherlands and Senegal in a round of Group A on Friday. Ecuador is currently ranked 44th in the world, but they have been praised for their solid performance.

Ecuador was ranked fifth in the group, but its opponents in this tournament are tougher. It faces a tough task against Senegal on Friday and Netherlands on November 29.

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