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Qatar vs Ecuador: opening game for world cup, Ecuador beat Qatar hosts

By Faris Alassam, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint DAA

With two goals from striker Enner Valencia, Ecuador easily defeated World Cup hosts Qatar, 2-0 on Sunday, handing the hosts their first ever loss in the tournament’s opening match.

The all-time leading scorer for Ecuador, known as “Superman” at home, gave the South Americans a commanding lead in the first. half as the Qataris were overcome by the magnitude of the event. He scored an early penalty and added a well-taken header.
As It Was Valencia, 33, had a third-minute header disallowed for a slight offside after goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb flapped at the ball, which could have made things worse for the hosts in front of a 67,372 crowd at the Al Bayt stadium.

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