Ecuador kicked off their World Cup campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over hosts Qatar.
Enner Valencia’s third-minute goal was ruled out after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check, but it didn’t take long for the talented player to open his sights at the 60,000-capacity tented Al Bayt Stadium. the first race.
After being brought down by Qatar goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb, Valencia scored in the 16th minute to put Ecuador ahead. The 33-year-old added to his tally in the 31st minute when he headed in a cross from Angelo Preciado.
Ecuador’s next match will be against the Netherlands on Friday, November 25, while Qatar will face Senegal on the same day.