Hosts Qatar opened the 2022 Fifa World Cup in calamitous fashion, easily beaten by Ecuador in a humbling defeat at Al Bayt.
Felix Sanchez’s men have been together in camp for the last six months to prepare for the tournament and work on tactics, but a nervous and disjointed performance led to a Group A loss.
With Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal and three-time finalists the Netherlands to come, this looked like Qatar’s easiest game on paper but they totally outplayed.
A dramatic opening to the contest saw Enner Valencia’s header from close range ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee, but the South Americans did break the deadlock shortly after.
Qatar’s erratic goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb brought Valencia down in the box and the ex-West Ham forward stepped up to convert the spot-kick.
It got worse for the hosts as Valencia powered in another header before half-time to leave the Al Bayt Stadium silenced at the break.
Many supporters who had left the stadium at the interval did not return, leaving the ground around half empty for much of the second period.
It contributed to a flat atmosphere both off and on the pitch, with Romario Ibarra’s curling shot being pushed out by Al-Sheeb.
Star men Almoez Ali and captain Hassan al-Haydos were both substituted with 20 minutes remaining, and the side were unable to muster a shot on target.
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Squad number1Player nameSaad Al Sheeb
Squad number2Player namePedro Miguel
Squad number15Player nameBassam Al Rawi
Squad number16Player nameKhoukhi
Squad number3Player nameAbdelkarim Hassan
Squad number14Player nameHomam Ahmed
Squad number10Player nameHassan Al Haydos
Squad number12Player nameBoudiaf
Squad number6Player nameAbdulaziz Hatem
Squad number19Player nameAlmoez Ali
Squad number11Player nameAkram Afif
Squad number4Player nameMohammed Waad
Squad number9Player nameMuntari
Squad number1Player nameGalíndez
Squad number17Player namePreciado
Squad number2Player nameTorres
Squad number3Player nameHincapié
Squad number7Player nameEstupiñán
Squad number19Player namePlata
Squad number20Player nameMéndez
Squad number23Player nameCaicedo
Squad number10Player nameIbarra
Squad number13Player nameE Valencia
Squad number11Player nameEstrada
Squad number5Player nameCifuentes
Squad number16Player nameSarmiento
Squad number21Player nameFranco
Squad number26Player nameRodríguez
- 1Al SheebBooked at 15mins
- 2Carvalho Deus Correia
- 15Al Rawi
- 3Al Haj Fadlalla
- 10Al HaydosSubstituted forJadoua Al Bayatiat 71′minutes
- 12BoudiafBooked at 36mins
- 6Mohammed Abdullah
- 19AbdullaBooked at 22minsSubstituted forMuntariat 72′minutes
- 11AfifBooked at 78mins
- 4Jadoua Al Bayati
- 8Thaimn Qambar
- 13Djebril Mohamed
- 20Al Hajri
- 23Al Haj Madibo
- 24Al Hadhrami
- 20MéndezBooked at 56mins
- 23CaicedoBooked at 29minsSubstituted forFrancoat 90′minutes
- 10IbarraSubstituted forSarmientoat 68′minutes
- 13E ValenciaSubstituted forCifuentesat 77′minutes
- 11EstradaSubstituted forRodríguezat 90′minutes
Match ends, Qatar 0, Ecuador 2.
Second Half ends, Qatar 0, Ecuador 2.
Corner, Qatar. Conceded by Félix Torres.
Attempt missed. Kevin Rodríguez (Ecuador) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pervis Estupiñán with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Bassam Al Rawi.
Foul by Kevin Rodríguez (Ecuador).
Boualem Khoukhi (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Ecuador. Alan Franco replaces Moisés Caicedo.
Substitution, Ecuador. Kevin Rodríguez replaces Michael Estrada.
Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Mohammed Waad.
Attempt missed. Mohammed Muntari (Qatar) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bassam Al Rawi with a through ball.
Foul by José Cifuentes (Ecuador).
Abdelkarim Hassan (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pervis Estupiñán (Ecuador).
Bassam Al Rawi (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jhegson Méndez (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mohammed Waad (Qatar).
Foul by Gonzalo Plata (Ecuador).
Saad Al Sheeb (Qatar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Ecuador. Piero Hincapié tries a through ball, but Jeremy Sarmiento is caught offside.
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