Felix Sanchez’s squad broke historical precedent and fell to Ecuador in the first match of the tournament
Despite spending years preparing for the World Cup, Qatar lost 0-2 in the first match against Ecuador. The hosts couldn’t reward their supporters with a victory and the disconnect between fans and team was noticeable, although shocking for the host nation of the World Cup.
This defeat is the first that the home team loses the opening match of the tournament. Before the tournament, it was decided that the tournament would start with a match between the Netherlands and Senegal, but FIFA rectified this and stuck with tradition.
On the other hand, Ecuador goes into the World Cup aiming to make history and didn’t miss the first opportunity. the ‘Tri’ will be in the annals of history starting today as the first team that beats a host nation in the opening match. Ecuador won with two goals by captain Enner Valencia, who became the country’s top scorer in World Cup history with three, one above Agustín Delgado.
Their supporters were chanting ‘Yes, we can during the opening ceremony and then switched the chant for ‘yes, we could,’ as they celebrated in the stands of Al Bayt.
No home team in history had been defeated in the tournament’s opening match. Only South Africa, in 2010 against Mexico, granted a 1-1 tie.