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World Cup highlights Ecuador beats Qatar to kick things off

Ecuador players celebrate one of their goals in the first half against Qatar. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

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.

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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.

Here’s what to know

  • Ecuador took an early lead in the Group A standings after Qatar became the first host nation to ever lose its opening match in the World Cup. Teams that win their opening World Cup match have advanced to the knockout round 84 percent of the time since 1998.
  • The loss is a setback for Qatar, which is hoping to use the tournament to validate its myriad efforts over the years to raise its global stature and amplify its clout. The event has invited a degree of scrutiny and criticism the country has rarely experienced.
  • The World Cup continues Monday with three group-stage games: England vs. Iran (8 a.m. Eastern, Fox Sports 1), Senegal vs. Netherlands (11 a.m. Eastern, Fox) and United States vs. Wales (2 p.m. Eastern, Fox).
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Ecuador took an early lead in the Group A standings after Qatar became the first host nation to ever lose its opening match in the World Cup. Teams that win their opening World Cup match have advanced to the knockout round 84 percent of the time since 1998.
The loss is a setback for Qatar, which is hoping to use the tournament to validate its myriad efforts over the years to raise its global stature and amplify its clout. The event has invited a degree of scrutiny and criticism the country has rarely experienced.
The World Cup continues Monday with three group-stage games: England vs. Iran (8 a.m. Eastern, Fox Sports 1), Senegal vs. Netherlands (11 a.m. Eastern, Fox) and United States vs. Wales (2 p.m. Eastern, Fox).

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