Ecuador Made it easy for the debutants in the last World Cup Queue 2-0 on Sunday with two goals from the experienced striker Ener Valencia First opening game loss for a host nation in tournament history.
Valencia scored an early penalty and headed in a 31st-minute header to give South America an impressive first-half lead, but the Qataris recovered from chances.
It could have been worse for the hosts in front of 67,372 spectators at the Al Bayt Stadium had the 33-year-old Valencia not had a third-minute header disallowed for a minor offside after goalkeeper Saad Alsheeb flipped the ball over.
It was Alsheeb who later tripped Valencia on goal and then dived the wrong way as the Ecuadorians calmly dispatched the resulting penalty in the 16th minute.
For his second, Valencia was unmarked, but still showed excellent diving technique angelo preciados cross almost passed from behind to Alsheeb again.
That goal killed the game as a contest and the second half was played at a slow pace, with many Qatari fans leaving before the end as Ecuadorian fans chanted “Ole!”
Despite the clearly long hours to bond and train together, including summer camps in Europe, Qatar looked largely toothless. almoez ali He had his best chance at the end of the first half, heading wide but then was judged offside.
Mohd Muntari Firing was also done in the last moments.
Ecuador is dreaming of surpassing its previous World Cup best when it reached the last 16 in 2006.