Host loses to Ecuador in opener

DOHA-(MaraviPost)-THE WORLD CUP kicked off on Sunday, November 20, 22 with hosts Qatar getting off to the worst possible start

And former Premier League forward Enner Valencia scored both goals as Ecuador came out 2-0 victors.

The hosts failed to register a shot on target as boos rang round the stadium at full-time.

Qatar left most of the football fans questioning whether the World Cup should be given to countries who will struggle to compete in the tournament.

In this instance, everything bar their football left fans saying ‘wow’ but sadly so did their football team.

Felix Sanchez looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders, or he could be just thinking about those alleged human rights abuses by the country and wondering where that leaves him after such a defeat.

Moises Caicedo is one of the stars of this Ecuador side but Gustavo Alfaro tries to gel his side as a collective team rather than individuals.

As a result, and was seen on Sunday, it is rare for individual players to stand out.

Caicedo as could be seen from his pass map was integral to the South American’s link up play.

Qatar will play against Senegal in their next group game on Friday.

Senegal suffered a huge loss after Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane had to undergo surgery on an injury he received just before the tournament.

Despite the loss, Senegal have shown their depth as they went on to claim the AFCON title, beating Mohamed Salah’s Egypt in the final.

Qatar will need to rethink their attacking play if they are to cause the African champions problems.

Despite the gulf in quality between the two sides on Sunday!

It was great to see how much the Qatar fans continued to enjoy the showpiece event.

While some left and didn’t come back at half-time, those who did stay made themselves heard.

Locals were immersing themselves in all the fever-pitch atmosphere that a World Cup can bring to your country.

Source: The Sun and BBC Sport

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