Dismal start for Qatar, Valencia streak and few shots: Here are three notes from the World Cup opener

The World Cup Grand Ball opened Sunday night with a meeting where Ecuador dominated the local players (0-2). But in addition to the opening ceremony where we watched Morgan Freeman dialogue with a bench and an Ecuadorian fan, ironically, the Qatari fans after the cancellation of the first goal for his country, what should we remember from this match? Editorial?

1- The host nation has never experienced a primary defeat

Before kick-off, rumors and foul language saw a Qatari team, who had been preparing for this big day for months or even years, blow an upset in this World Cup opening match. The first goal, rightly abolished, is the revival of Ecuadorians Hobby Conspiracy of any kind on social networks, but a penalty You don’t see And a second realization that ended in flipping the jackets. Football reality is called to everyone’s good memory.

Since then, the “conspirators” at the beginning of the meeting wondered if the Qataris simply had the level to participate in the World Cup? Would they have qualified in an Asian region, far from being the toughest, while still being Asian champions? Even if he gets the Italian league title, the continental title doesn’t guarantee an automatic ticket to the World Cup. In short, the comments went in all directions and in the end only quantum reality will remain.

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This is relentless Burgundy (Bordeaux) Since becoming the first country in the history of the world, to concede a setback to the first meeting of the host in its competition. Four years ago, Russia backed out of Saudi Arabia, while Brazil struggled to beat Croatia on the back of an arbitration controversy. In 2010, South Africa took part against Mexico and the Germans largely dominated Costa Rica going into the competition. In 2002, South Korea beat Poland while partner organizer Japan clinched the division against our team Red Devils. Finally, note that in 1994, the United States, who had no more of a great football tradition than Qatar, pitted Switzerland (1-1) to enter the World Cup.

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Qatar, which played its first match in the World Cup, wanted to impress the world beyond its expensive stadiums. I totally failed.

50% – Inner Valencia received five out of five

Michy Batshuayi He has already picked up his old habits on the bench since landing at Fenerbahçe this summer. Batmanwhich will eventually be named punchman by force, facing competition from the Ecuadorian, Liner Valencia. The attacker has nothing to do Anthony Valenciathe former right side ofYou don’t seewho also walked on the right wing for Manchester United for years.

Enner Valencia knew Mexico (Pachuca, Tigres) and England (West Ham and Everton) before settling on the edge of the Bosphorus at the end of August 2020. In Fenerbahçe, the Ecuadorean captain found the perfect environment to express his distinctive qualities. He scored twelve goals in 34 games in his first practice on the Asian side of Istanbul, while last season he settled for planting seven roses. It seems that this year is the year of consecration, because in only 12 duels from Super LeagueThe person who is now the age of Christ has scored the opposite net… 13 times, not to mention two more feats in European League. What explains Batshuayi’s presence on the bench? The latter does not want his opponent, who also congratulated him Twitter Having scored a brace in the opening match of the World Cup.

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A brace and a score for Ener Valencia, having scored Ecuador’s last five goals in the World Cup. Portuguese only Eusebio In 1966, the Italian Paul Rossi In 1982, Russian Oleg Salenko In 1994 he produced an even better performance with six goals in a row. Going down twice, Valencia relinquished their place in the 77th position and their coach reassured the country that they would be ready for the next match. Remco Passiver And will the Netherlands be the next victim of the Valencia team, which can thus equal the record of six consecutive goals, and why not surpass it after that?

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It should also be noted that by opening the scoring from the penalty spot, Enner fell to Valencia for the first time, who did not hit the first goal of the tournament in the history of the World Cup after a shot from an eleven-meter point. Valencia have also converted 50% of their shots in the World Cup (5 goals on 10 shots), thus equaling the best shot conversion rate for a player who planted at least five roses in the tournament, since the 1966 edition. Alessandro Altobelli which showed exactly the same thing Rate (5 goals out of 10 shots).

11- We’ve never shot this much before

We weren’t expecting a big show this Sunday given the programmed poster, even if the Ecuadoreans, so often misunderstood and underestimated, give indications that they might surprise more than one during this world. After advancing quickly 0-2 against local players who were overwhelmed and completely paralyzed, You don’t see He was content with minimal service, although he could have planted a third rose in his garden.

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However, there were not a few shots on goal during the opening match of the World Cup. Five times for Qatar and six times for Ecuador. However, the heat was not stifling at Al Bayt Stadium (about 25 degrees) and the stadium was air conditioned, even if it was mainly Banana Mechanics Which cooled the mood.

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Unusual: Ecuadorian fan provokes and then makes peace with local fans

There was an “atmosphere” in the stands, even given the turn of events, the pitch was worn out very quickly. This Ecuadorean fan was fearless when he attacked the local fans after he had a goal disallowed. Apparently, they eventually reconciled. We will not say that this betrays sincerity. Everyone will have their own opinion.

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The opening ceremony was not very impressive either. We will remember the mix of World Cup anthems, including the 1998 anthem, Cuba de la Vida From Ricky Martinwhich served as an LGBT collateral for the lead, as well as an unexpectedly cute dialogue between the guest star Morgan Freeman Diagonal paralysis. after being embodied Nelson Mandela In the film dedicated to the victory of South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, the American actor will also be on the stage of the biggest event in football. cache call.

AL KHOR, QATAR – NOVEMBER 20: Morgan Freeman (L) and Ghanem Al Muftah present during the pre-opening ceremony during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, State of Qatar. (Photo by Sean Bottrell – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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