Valencia bags a brace as Ecuador ease past Qatar in World Cup opener
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France, Nov. 21 -- Enner Valenciascored twice on Sunday night to lead Ecuador to an opening roundwin over hosts Qatar at the 2022 World Cup.
After having a goal ruled out for offside in the third minute at the Al Bayt Stadium, the 33-year-old struck from the penalty spot 13minutes laterto confirm his side's early dominance.
On the half hour mark, the Ecuador skipper rose to flash a header past the Qatar goalkeeperSaad Abdullah Al Sheeb and increase the advantage.
The double blow sucked the life out ofQatar who despite the promptings of skipper Hassan Al Haydos failed to muster a threat.
"I have to give the team credit for their attitude, commitment andthe way they kept going," said Ecuador boss Gustavo Alfaro.
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