World Cup 2022: Qatar is the first host of the tournament to lose the opening match, after defeat by Ecuador

  • Shimon Hafez
  • BBC Sport – Qatar

Ecuador beat Qatar with two goals in the opening match

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Ecuador beat Qatar with two goals in the opening match

Qatar lost at the opening of the World Cup, which it hosted on its soil, against Ecuador with two goals without a response, in a “disastrous” match for the Qatari team, which did not hit a single ball on the opposing goal in the match hosted by Al-Bayt Stadium, on Sunday evening.

Qatar became the first country to host the World Cup and lose the opening match, despite Qatar’s Spanish coach Felix Sanchez setting up a six-month training camp for the players to prepare for the tournament and train on tactics on the field, but all this did not happen because of the nervous and disjointed performance, so the team’s first loss was with two goals in First group matches.

There were high hopes in Qatar to win the opening match in front of thousands of fans, especially since the next two matches are extremely difficult against Senegal, the last African Nations Cup holders, and the Netherlands, which reached the World Cup final three times before, so Ecuador was the easiest competitor on paper.

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