Ecuador’s all-time prime scorer, nicknamed “Superman” at dwelling, scored an early penalty and added a well-taken Thirty first-minute header to present the South People a commanding first-half lead because the Qataris regarded overcome by the enormity of the event.
As It Happened
It might have been even worse for the hosts in entrance of a 67,372 crowd on the tent-shaped Al Bayt stadium had Valencia, 33, not had a 3rd minute header disallowed for a marginal offside after goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb had flapped on the ball.
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It was Alsheeb who later tripped Valencia when he was by means of on purpose after which dived the mistaken means because the Ecuadorean coolly dispatched the ensuing penalty within the sixteenth minute.
For his second, Valencia was unmarked however nonetheless confirmed nice method to stoop and take Angelo Preciado’s cross nearly from behind him to move previous Alsheeb once more.
That purpose killed the Group A sport as a contest and the second half was performed at a gradual tempo, with many Qataris leaving earlier than the tip as Ecuador’s followers chanted “Ole!”
Regardless of an enviously very long time to bond and practice collectively, together with summer time camps in Europe, Qatar regarded largely toothless. Almoez Ali had their greatest likelihood on the finish of the primary half, heading extensive however then judged offside.
Mohammed Muntari additionally fired over within the dying minutes.
Each side now should play Senegal and the Netherlands within the group stage, with Qatar’s probabilities of choosing up factors or qualifying wanting slim on this efficiency.
Ecuador are dreaming of surpassing their greatest ever earlier World Cup exhibiting once they reached the final 16 in 2006.