Billions of viewers around the world tuned in for the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening match between Qatar and Ecuador. Although they were limited to a one-sided encounter, there were plenty of talking points and eye-catching moments. The hosts, Qatar were comprehensively defeated 2–0 by South American nation Ecuador. Captain, Enner Valencia was the star of the show with a brace in the first half and broke several records along the way. Here are some key talking points from sustainability.
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Disappointing performance by the hosts
Qatar joined the tournament as first-time entrants to the competition. Thanks to their host status, the Middle Eastern nation was given the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage. A lot of people expected her to deliver a strong performance but it turned out to be quite the opposite. Ecuador completely overwhelmed the Qataris as the Asian nation was unable to pass the ball properly. The result was decided in the first half itself and now Qatar is facing a tough challenge in Group A.
Enner Valencia delivers a strong performance
Much of the talk before the match centered around Ecuador’s captain Ener Valencia. The forward is the only member of the team to have previously played in a World Cup final. He was already the country’s highest goal scorer and now also holds the record in World Cup finals. He found the back of the net inside three minutes, only to have the goal disallowed. However, he could not stop Valencia as he calmly dispatched a penalty before firing a bullet header into the back of the net to bag a brace in the opener.
Netherlands and Senegal will be closely watched
The other two nations in Group A, the Netherlands and Senegal, are favorites to advance from Group A. Both will play later tomorrow. However, they will be keeping a close eye on the opener with regard to their respective chances of qualifying. Both teams will see Qatar as a fixture to hope for three points. At the same time, he may have been warned not to underestimate a young but dominant Ecuadorean side.