Enner Valencia was the hero as Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 to make a flying start to their Group A campaign at this FIFA World Cup™.
- Valencia the hero as Ecuador down Qatar.
- Ecuador downed the hosts 2-0 in their Qatar 2022 opener.
- Enner Valencia got both goals in the first half.
- Senegal and the Netherlands will play Group A’s second game tomorrow.
After the 33-year-old had an early goal ruled out for offside by VAR, he responded by winning and scoring a penalty and then doubling the advantage with a firm header.
Qatar, roared on by their magnificent supporters, did their best to find a way back into the game.
But the normally reliable Almoez Ali missed a gilt-edged chance – a header from six yards out – after excellent work from Hassan Alhaydos.
Valencia has scored Ecuador’s last five World Cup goals. He is now their outright record marksman at the global showpiece – a distinction he previously shared with Agustin Delgado.
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