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November 20, 2022

LIVE UPDATES: It’s Qatar vs Ecuador in World Cup opener

Thanks for staying with me. We will do this again. Efosa Taiwo

Second half

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Full Time: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

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90′ First ninety minutes completed in Qatar.

5 minutes added on

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85′ Almost a goal for Qatar as Muntari the substitute hit a rocket of a shot that landed on the rooftop of the net

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83′ Gonzalo Plata takes the free-kick but goes wide, making no contact with the expectant players in the box

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82′ Ecuador with a free-kick resulting from a foul on Mendez.

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76′ Akram Afif picks up a yellow card for Qatar after a poor challenge

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75′ Goal scorer Valencia comes off for Jose Cifuentes as Ecuador make their second substitution

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74′ Improved performance from Qatar so far in the second half as Afif’s attempt at goal goes inches wide.

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71′ Qatar make double substitutions, with Mohammed Waad and Mohammed Muntari coming on for Hassan Al-Haydos and Almoez Ali

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66′ Ecuador makes first change as Jeremy Sarmiento comes on for Jerome Ibarra

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61′ Ambitious attack from Qatar but Pedro Miguel’s header goes wide

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54′ Romario Ibarra cut into his right and curled a shot parried away by Al Sheeb in goal for Qatar

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51′ Angelo Peciado fires one over the roof into the crowd as Ecuador continue to press for a third goal

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50′ Ecuador break away and glide into the box of Qatar but had the attack aborted by defender Hassan in the Qatar defense.

Danger averted

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We are back at the Al Bayt, with Ecuador resuming proceedings from the centre half.

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Italian Daniele Orsato is referee for this opening World Cup match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador in group A.

Venue is the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium.

It will be the fourth encounter between both sides — with one win apiece and a draw in their last three meetings.

The 46-year-old referee will be making his World Cup debut and will be joined by compatriots Ciro Carbone and Alessandro Giallatini as his assistants, with Massimiliano Irrati on VAR.

Read Also: Qatar vs Ecuador: FIFA appoints Daniele Orsato for World Cup opener

Romanian Itsvan Kovacs will be the fourth referee.

Stay with me, Efosa Taiwo, for live updates.

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Analysis:

The hosts clearly need to up their game if they don’t want to end up with an embarrassing defeat in front of their home fans.

Solid performance so far from Ecuador.

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The referee’s whistle goes. It’s half time.

Qatar 0 – 2 Ecuador

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45+4: Qatar came close to pulling a goal back, but star striker Almoez Ali failed to connect to a cross despite being unmarked in the box

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45mins played at Al Khor

5+ mins added on

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42′ Injury scare for Ecuador as Valencia goes down holding his knee

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30′ Goalllll! Captain Enner Valencia grabs his brace with a fine header that beats the Qatar goalkeeper.

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28′ Sebas Mendez fired a shot over the bar as Ecuador continue to dominate the hosts in front of their fans.

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20′

Ecuador is leading by one goal. Valencia scored a penalty at 16 minutes.

That was the first goal of 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

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16′ Goal!!!!! Ecuador get us in front. This time around, it is not disqualified as Enner Valencia slots home from the spot

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3′ VAR disallowed a goal for Ecuador

We almost had our first goal of the tournament after Enner Valencia scores a header from a long-distance free-kick attempt from Estupinan close to the half-way line.

He was, however, adjudged to be offside.