The opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup was a Ecuador fans will remember for years to come. for the host nation QueueThey will be looking to erase it from their memory ahead of their next match against Senegal on Friday.
Here’s what happened at the World Cup on Sunday and what to watch tomorrow.
Ecuador 2, Qatar 0
Qatar became the first host nation to lose their opening match of the World Cup, as they lost 2–0 to Ecuador. The host nations had 16 wins, six draws and no losses in their opener entering Sunday.
Qatar now needs three points against either the Netherlands or Senegal, who are ranked eighth and 18th in the world respectively.
Meanwhile, Ecuador gained three valuable points in the top-heavy group.
goal of the day
Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb, even in a wide stance with his arms outstretched, could not keep Ener Valencia’s perfectly placed header in. It was the second day of the Day of Valencia.
Valencia’s score second to Ecuador’s
Ener Valencia scored a beautiful header in the 31st minute to put Ecuador in firm control.
Must See Moments
Before Valencia scored the World Cup-opening goal from the spot – and the eventual follow-up header – he scored the first of his hat-trick. Had the goal scored, he would have been only the third player in World Cup history to score a hat-trick on the opening day of a World Cup.
But the goal was disallowed when a VAR review ruled play offside.
Check out the rest of the top Qatar-Ecuador drama here.
Things are really cooking up on Monday with three matches including the USA opener.
England Vs Iran, 8 PM ET on FS1
England have not won a single international match since 29 March. That, along with their history of disappointment on the World Cup stage, has led many to lower their expectations for a team that, on paper, boasts one of the tournament’s most talented players. ,
A convincing win against Iran – a team expected to have a strong fan presence – would turn some of the Three Lions’ skeptics into believers; A draw or a defeat will only add fuel to the fire.
Senegal Vs Netherlands, 11 a.m. on Fox
Before Sadio Mane was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a knee injury, the Senegal-Netherlands matchup was widely seen as the tiebreaker for the top of Group B. Much as he did earlier in the week.
United States of america Vs wales, 2 p.m. ET on Fox
If we assume that the best-case scenario for the United States against England is a draw, then a win against Wales is essential. Not only this, but history is not kind to teams that lose their group stage opener. Both the teams will be looking for three points each.
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