Enner Valencia’s two early goals were plenty for Ecuador, which opened the 2022 World Cup with a 2-0 win Sunday over host Qatar in Group A. It was a hugely disappointing evening for Qatar, which was playing its first World Cup match after more than a decade of planning, controversy and concern.
The hosts looked out of sorts early and turned to rough play in an attempt to gain and keep the ball. It didn’t work, and fans reportedly departed in droves long before the closing whistle. Continue reading for highlights from the game.