World Cup Qatar 2022 holds grand opening ceremony

Mon, 21 Nov 2022 7:32 GMT
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 opening ceremony held at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar. Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in 2022 FIFA World Cup's opening match.
World Cup Qatar 2022 holds grand opening ceremony

Sunday saw the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022 at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor in the Gulf state of Qatar.

Qatar 2022 official mascot La’eeb, whose name is an Arabic word meaning super-skilled player, along with the flags of all 32 participating nations were flying in the field.

African American movie star Morgan Freeman was among the guests.

Korean K-pop star Jungkook also performed a mini-concert.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani welcomed fans from all over the world.

“How beautiful it is for people to put aside what divides them in order to celebrate their diversity,” he said.

"Let this tournament be full of inspiring days of goodness and hope," he said, "and welcome everyone to the world in Doha."

Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in 2022 FIFA World Cup's opening match

Fenerbahce attacker Enner Valencia rallies Ecuador to victory in first game of 2022 World Cup
Ecuador on Sunday beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in the opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Fenerbahce attacker Enner Valencia netted an early one for Ecuador in the 3rd minute before it was disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) at Al Bayt Stadium.

Valencia again put the ball into Qatar’s net, with a penalty kick, in the 16th minute, and then in the 31st, he scored again with an accurate header.

Valencia walked off from a light injury in the 43rd minute, and the first half ended 2-0, despite Qatar's better display after the second goal and Almoez Ali missing a critical shot in the final seconds.

Pedro of Qatar wasted another important goal chance in the 61st minute.

Enner Valencia substituted in the 77th minute, coming off the bench with applause.

After a long shot by Qatar's Muntari missed the Ecuador goal by inches in the 85th minute, the game ended 2-0 for Ecuador.

Wtih this result, Qatar became the first hosts in the history of the World Cup to lose the opening match.

Ecuador now leads Group A of World Cup with 3 points while Qatar placed fourth with zero.

Senegal will take on the Netherlands in the next Group A match on Monday.

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