The 2022 FIFA World Cup opened with the host nation Qatar taking over Ecuador within the opening match.
However from the opening whistle, it was all about Ecuador.
Ecuador stored the strain on from the kickoff and noticed a brace from Enner Valencia to take a 2-0 lead early within the match. They salted away the victory within the second half, incomes the total three factors within the opening match towards Qatar in Group A motion.
Simply three minutes in, it seemed like Ecuador had scored the primary objective of the World Cup. A cross into the field noticed Qatari keeper Saad Al Sheeb come off the road, and within the mad scramble for the ball, Valencia discovered it on his proper foot, and put it behind the online:
However after a VAR test, the objective was taken off the board resulting from an offside ruling:
FOX Soccer analyst Stu Holden broke down the offside choice, and the expertise that led to the decision, on this video:
The match was stage for the second, however Qatar wouldn’t be as fortunate a couple of minutes later.
The host staff lastly loved a little bit of possession, however in a flash Ecuador was again on the entrance foot. Once more the Qatari keeper confronted a troublesome choice, Al Sheeb was caught between a rock and a tough place on the counter-attack from Ecuador. The keeper made the choice to come back off the road late, and takes on Valencia, however the Ecuadorian striker stumbles to the turf, and was awarded the penalty.
He didn’t disappoint, cheekily placing his penalty in the proper nook of the online as Al Sheeb dove to his proper:
Valencia would notch his second objective of the sport within the thirty first minute, due to a pinpoint cross from right-back Ángelo Preciado:
Preciado layers his cross into the field completely, and Valencia places the header previous Al Sheeb, staking Ecuador to the early 2-0 lead.
Right here is one other take a look at the exact cross from Preciado into the field, and the end from Valencia:
The help from Preciado was only one second in an incredible opening half from the right-back, who was dominant each within the air, and on the bottom:
Angelo Preciado’s first half by numbers vs. Qatar:83% move accuracy 35 touches 4/6 floor duels received 3/3 tackles received 3/3 crosses accomplished 2/3 aerial duels received 1 key move 1 help Put in an excellent cross for Valencia’s second objective. pic.twitter.com/cDy5us6Jsp— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 20, 2022
For Valencia, his second objective of the match was his fifth-straight for La Tri in World Cup motion:
He was hobbled late within the first half, after which limped off the pitch within the 76th minute, changed by José Cifuentes. The Los Angeles FC midfielder made his World Cup debut with the substitution.
Valencia’s effort on Sunday was slightly masterful, by the numbers:
Enner Valencia’s sport by numbers vs. Qatar:100% tackles received 38 touches 8/10 floor duels received 2/3 dribbles accomplished 2 photographs on the right track 2 objectives 1 penalty received Scored the opening objective of the 2022 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/oWZnLY2RJe— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 20, 2022
Ecuador had just a few extra possibilities within the second half, with maybe their greatest coming with the ball on the ft of Cifeuntes’ contemporary legs, however they had been unable to transform any of these possibilities within the remaining half-hour. Ecuador additionally had a nook within the ninety fifth minute, however the ball into the field couldn’t discover a goal, and went behind for a objective kick.
The host nation utilized a little bit of strain within the remaining minutes, and Qatar had their greatest probability within the 86th minutes on a counter-attack. However the shot off the proper foot of Mohammed Muntari rocketed excessive of the bar:
The host nation completed the match with 5 photographs, placing none of them on the right track. Ecuador had 5 photographs of their very own, placing three on objective and changing the 2 from Valencia.
Each groups are in motion subsequent on Friday. Qatar will tackle Senegal at 8:00 a.m. ET, whereas Ecuador will tangle with Netherlands at 11:00 a.m. ET in a highly-anticipated match. The Qatar match shall be televised on FS1, whereas the Ecuador match shall be broadcast on FOX.