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Ecuador hand hosts Qatar a harsh World Cup debut

Valencia became the all time scorer of Ecuador in the World Cup with five goals on his name.

Sinan RAJUB SENOGA 

Ecuador convincingly beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup in Al khor thanks to captain Enner Valencia.

The former West Ham striker scored twice in the first half to ensure a comfortable win for the Ecuadorians.

Valencia’s brace came after his 4th minute goal was cancelled by a VAR decision ruling offside in the build up.

He responded with a penalty in the 16th minute after a foul by goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb.

He scored the second one a minute past the half hour mark with a header from an Angelo Preciado delivery.

Qatar become the first host nation to lose their opening World Cup game in the 92-year history of the tournament.

Valencia became the all time scorer of Ecuador in the World Cup with five goals on his name.

The second Group A game will be between African champions Senegal and Netherlands.

Other games to be played on Monday will be in Group B. England face Iran while USA take on Wales.

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