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Ecuador stifles Qatar in World Cup opener

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Jun 16, 2022; New York, New York, USA; A detail view of The FIFA World Cup Trophy sits on a stand outside of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

Enner Valencia scored two first-half goals and Ecuador defeated host Qatar 2-0 in the opening game of the 2022 World Cup on Sunday.

After having a goal disallowed less than three minutes into the match, Valencia scored from the penalty spot in the 16th minute after being taken down in the box by goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb.

Valencia completed his brace in the 31st minute, heading home a cross from Angelo Preciado.

Qatar became the first host nation ever to lose in an opening game of the World Cup.

The other teams in Group A, the Netherlands and Senegal, meet in one of three matches scheduled for Monday.

–Field Level Media