Qatar’s World Cup debut led to disappointment on Sunday after it suffered a 2-0 loss to Ecuador, turning into the primary host nation to lose its opening match.
The lopsided pairing in entrance of a crowd of greater than 67,000 followers started early on with star striker Enner Valencia scoring a aim simply three minutes in, although an offside name would overturn the aim.
Valencia returned simply minutes later to solidify Ecuador’s early lead with a aim on the sixteenth minute after being awarded a penalty kick following a yellow card to Qatar’s goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb for tripping.
He would rating his second aim of the sport, and fifth consecutive World Cup aim, on the thirty third minute, finally sealing Qatar’s unlucky destiny.
The host nation had few probabilities, none as threatening as Ecuador’s, with 5 pictures on aim and simply 47% possession. Qatar drew 4 yellow playing cards – three earlier than halftime – and 15 fouls.
Qatar has confronted immense criticism over its human rights controversies, particularly its stance on same-sex relationships and its remedy of migrant staff. As well as, followers in attendance on Sunday took intention at organizers’ current and unexpected reversal of the sale of beer on the stadiums throughout the World Cup.
As the primary half was winding down, chants from a big part of vocal, yellow-clad Ecuador followers broke out: “We would like beer.”
Qatar subsequent faces Senegal on Friday, hoping to keep away from one other disastrous stat in turning into the one host nation, apart from South Africa, to fail to get out of the group stage.
The Related Press contributed to this report.