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Enner Valencia's goal ruled offside as Equador humble hosts

Today was a mark to the beginning of the world's biggest stage in matters concerning football. Qatar national team played against Equador to mark the opening of world cup 2022 at Al Bayt stadium, Qatar.

Equador went on to score an early minute goal( 3rd minute), that was declared offside.This came about after VAR reviewed the goal and found out that Estrada,one of Equador's player was offside. Consequently, Equador''s celebrations were cut short before they made history for the first ever goal to be scored in such early minutes, in the history of world cup.

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On the 16th minute, Enner Valencia restored hope once more for Equador's side after striking a penalty past the goalkeeper, to mark the first goal of the match and a leader for Equador.

On the 31st minute, Enner scored a header, making it 2 goals to add weight to his first goal for Equador, securing victory at the moment.

First half of the match ended in 0- 2,with Equador on the lead. Second half of the match has yielded little efforts,with none of the teams striking past each of the goalkeepers.

The match ends in 0-2 victory in favour of Equador,compared to 2018's world cup that yielded a 5-0 for hosts Russia against Saudi Arabia. Russia won through upto quarter finals where they hit the exit after defeat by Croatia 4- 3 through penalties.

Qatar are yet to meet their opponents in the group stage (A),which consists of Netherlands and Senegal.

Qatar the host team has lost the opening match in Fifa world cup, which has also set a standard that they will have to work harder through the group stage to avoid an early exit.

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