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WORLD CUP: Enner Valencia's First Half Strikes Beat The Hosts Qatar

The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup kicked off on Sunday evening with the hosts Qatar playing Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium. 

The event kicked off with a lovely opening ceremony but for majority of the home fans, the fun stopped there. Qatar were victims of two first half strikes from Fenerbahçe forward Enner Valencia as they lost 2-0.

Qatar now joins an unwanted and lonely list of being the first host nation to lose the opening match in the 92 year history of football's ultimate showpiece.

Ecuador sent an early warning when Valencia put the ball in the back of the net after just three minutes but his goal was ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Ecuador were clearly the better side in the opening exchanges and made their superiority count when the sharp Valencia converted a 16th minute penalty after a foul was committed from in the box.

Qatar never really got going and were punished yet again, this time Valencia with a powerful well placed header from a good cross by Ángelo Preciado. Valencia went into the break leading and deservedly so.

The second half failed to produce any goals but Qatar improved to make the match more of a contest. Ecuador however held on for the three precious points and the all important cleansheet. Next up for Ecuador is a tricky tie against the Netherlands while Qatar face the African Champions Senegal on Friday.

Tomorrow, the action starts with England playing Iran at 1600hrs before Senegal fights it out with Netherlands at 1900hrs while the late night action will see the United States face Wales from 2200hrs East African time.


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