Qatar’s lack of match preparation was evident in their first game of the FIFA World Cup. Qatar was on the defensive from the third minute on in the game against Ecuador. The Ecuadorians were highly combative, but the Qataris seemed to be out of shape. Both two Ecuador’s goals against Qatar came in the first half.
Although there were a few close calls, Qatar hardly threatened the Ecuadorian goalie. Qatar had a golden chance to score a goal in the last minutes of the first half, but they failed to capitalize.
Exactly halfway into the first match of 2022 World Cup, Enner Valencia has scored the lone goal. Valencia gave Ecuador the lead from the penalty spot, beating the keeper to his right after his early header was disallowed for offside. Late in the second half, he would make it 2-0 with a header.
Here is the incredible life story of Enner Valencia, who went from selling milk as a youngster to scoring two goals in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Qatar looked out of practice in their first match of FIFA world cup
The significance of this event, which has been anticipated for 12 years, seems to be too much for Qatar’s players. The Asian champions lacked the necessary patterns of play and thus struggled to maintain possession of the ball in their own middle. Late in the first half, though, the hosts had a fantastic chance when Hassan Alhaydos sent in a superb cross from the right wing that was met by Almoez Ali’s well-timed run into the box, but Ali missed the goal with a weak header. It was a very expensive blunder.
The second half will need a great deal of effort. They must tighten up defensively, especially after being caught off guard by Enner Valencia’s second goal.
In the first half of their Group A opener at the Al Bayt Stadium, the hosts have been thoroughly dominated by the visiting team.
Just before the halftime whistle, Almoez Ali comes close to head the ball’s last touch of the first half. Ali, who was left unmarked by the opposition’s defensive line, was presented with a golden opportunity to score when he glanced a header over from six yards out after receiving a fantastic first-time cross from Hassan Alhaydos. But the opportunity missed.
The team from Qatar is having trouble maintaining possession. The fact that Estrada crosses from Estupinan’s cross is irrelevant. Seconds later, Almoez earns a yellow card for bringing down an attacking Valencia. Keep in mind that the first game of a tournament has never been lost by the home team.