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FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar vs Ecuador Highlights: Valencia's brace sees off Qatar as Ecuador seal 2-0 victory

FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar vs Ecuador Highlights: Valencia's brace sees off Qatar as Ecuador seal 2-0 victory

FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar vs Ecuador Highlights: Valencia's brace sees off Qatar as Ecuador seal 2-0 victory
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FIFA World Cup, 2022: Catch all the highlights from the FIFA World Cup 2022 opener between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium, in Al Khor, Qatar.

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That brings us to the end of our live coverage from this game. Join us again tomorrow as we have three matches lined up starting with England vs Iran at 6:30 PM, followed by Senegal vs Netherlands at 9:30 PM and finally USA vs Wales at 12:30 AM. You can follow all the updates from those games right here on our page. Till then it's goodbye and goodnight! 

Nov 20, 2022 11:49 PM

Well quite an opening ceremony from Qatar but sadly their team couldn't match that performance against a strong Ecuador team who controlled the game brilliantly. They might have been denied the fastest goal in a World Cup opener by VAR but Valencia didn't let that bother him as he grabbed two goals to become his nation's leading scorer at the World Cup. 

It'll only get more difficult for Qatar from here with Senegal and Netherlands lying in wait. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:46 PM
Nov 20, 2022 11:43 PM

FULL TIME! Qatar 0 - 2 Ecuador

That's it then! Qatar suffer the ignominy of being the first host nation to lose a World Cup opener as Ecuador get off to a winning start thanks to a superb performance from their captain Enner Valencia! 

Nov 20, 2022 11:32 PM

5 mins of ADDED TIME! Well unless Qatar pull off something extraordinary we're about to witness the first-time a host nation is beaten in a World Cup opener. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:28 PM

90' min DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION! 

Ecuador are getting fresh legs out to see this game out now as Rodriguez and Franco replace Estrada and Caicedo. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:25 PM

86' min: Qatar 0 - 2 Ecuador

CLOSE! Excellent pass out from the back from Qatar and Muntari does well to break free from his man and catches his first-time volley nicely but it's just over the crossbar. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:23 PM

86' min: Qatar 0 - 2 Ecuador

CHANCE! Ecuador have four against three as Sarmiento charges forward with the ball but he puts too much on the pass and Estrada can't keep it in play as the Qatar keeper Saad charges out and does just enough to cut it off. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:21 PM

86' min: Qatar 0 - 2 Ecuador

CHANCE! Ecuador have four against three as Sarmiento charges forward with the ball but he puts too much on the pass and Estrada can't keep it in play as the Qatar keeper Saad charges out and does just enough to cut it off. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:21 PM

83' min: Qatar 0 - 2 Ecuador

The Qatar goalkeeper fires a clearance out of play and the coach looks quite mad on the sidelines. Meanwhile Ecuador have decided to go through the gears again and are now mounting attacks on the Qatar goal. They move the ball nicely as Mendez wins a foul on the right wing but the set-piece is wasted with an overcooked delivery. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:18 PM

79' min: Qatar 0 - 2 Ecuador

CHANCE! Estupinan races down the left and cuts it back to the substitute Sarmeinto who is just 12 yards out but he hits it first-time over the bar. The flag does go up though for off-side against Estupinan and that wouldn't have counted. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:16 PM

78' min - YELLOW CARD! Afif is late into the challenge and leaves his studs on Plata which earns him a place in the Referee's book. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:14 PM

76' min SUBSTITUTION! The Ecuador captain's race is run as Valencia limps off the field. He was earlier struggling with a knee injury and finally is taken off the field and is replaced by Cifuentes. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:13 PM

75' min: Qatar 0 - 2 Ecuador

CHANCE! Much better from Qatar as they work the ball down the left flank. It's cut back to Afif who finds himself in some space and decides to have a shot but it just sails over the crossbar. 
Nov 20, 2022 11:11 PM

71' min DOUBLE-SUBSTITUTION!

Two changes made by the Qatar coach as he takes off his captain Alhaydos and star forward Ali. Waad and Muntari come on to replace them. 

Nov 20, 2022 11:06 PM