It was the first time a host nation had lost the opening game of a World Cup when Ecuador defeated Qatar 2-0 with two goals from Enner Valencia.
It was believed that Ecuador had taken the lead within three minutes. As a result of Qatar’s goalkeeper leaving his line and then missing the ball, Enner Valencia was able to score into an open net.
It was, however, ruled out by VAR for a reason no one could really understand.
When Qatar gave away a penalty 14 minutes into the match, Ecuador took the lead.
Despite Qatar’s attacking threat, Ecuador continued to dominate possession after the opening goal.
A penalty was given by Qatar 14 minutes into the game, and Ecuador took the lead.
Ecuador dominated possession after the first half, while Qatar’s attack was limited.
A sensational header by Valencia added a second goal in the 31 minute of the game.