World Cup dismay for Qatar as Ecuador wins opening game

13 days ago The Florida Daily Post

The large swathes of empty seats in the second half summed up the Qatar soccer team’s disappointing start to its first ever World Cup. The controversy-laced tournament opened Sunday with the 2019 Asian Cup champions getting outplayed in a 2-0 loss to Ecuador, ensuring a host team lost its opening game for the first time at a World Cup. “This is just the start of the World Cup,” said the 33-year-old Valencia, who has now scored Ecuador’s last five goals at the World Cup, including three in 2014. Put simply, Ecuador was just too good for a team only playing at the World Cup because it is the host. Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro was under no illusions, though, saying: “Enner, he will play.”—World Cup dismay for Qatar as Ecuador wins opening game
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