Qatar vs Ecuador: Find out who scored the first goal of the FIFA World Cup 2022


The FIFA World Cup 2022 is well underway with the fixture between Qatar and Ecuador. All eyes in the footballing world are on the opener of the showpiece event and rightly so. Qatar go into the game aiming to continue the hosts’ record of going unbeaten in the tournament opener. Ecuador, on the other hand, have come up with a young squad eager to shock the world.

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It was Enner Valencia who kept the FIFA World Cup 2022 going. Ecuador’s all-time top goalscorer displayed exceptional composure from the penalty spot to put his country ahead in the 16th minute. It was nothing less than what they wanted after a period of supremacy. The Valencia who was previously unlucky to miss out on a goal is now the country’s all-time top scorer in World Cup finals.

Scorers of the opening goals in previous World Cup editions

The first goal in the World Cup is a special moment and the name of the goalscorer is etched in the history books forever. It was Yuri Gazinsky who scored the first goal for Russia in the 2018 World Cup. It was the first of five the Russians scored in their 5–0 demolition of Saudi Arabia. Rewind to four years ago, it was Neymar who put the Brazilian side ahead by scoring a stunning goal in a 3-1 win against Croatia in the 2014 edition.

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