The national team of the country - the organizer of the World Cup for the first time lost in the opening match
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To be honest, no one doubted the difference in class between these two teams. Ecuador is one of the best representatives of South America. “Yellow-blue” ahead in qualifying such tough nuts as Chile and Colombia. And the wards of Gustavo Alfaro came to the World Cup with the intention of at least repeating the result of 2006, when the team managed to get out of the group.

As for Qatar, the “burgundy” failed to create a sensation. For the first time in history, the hosts of the final stage of the World Cup lost in the debut meeting. Before the break, the team of Felix Sanchez Bas did not strike at the opponent’s goal at all. In the second half, the picture changed slightly, but the guests calmly brought the matter to victory. According to the Qatari helmsman, the atmosphere pressed on his players, plus the class of opponents affected.

Qatar did not inflict a single shot on target Ecuadorians in the first half. The guests scored two goals and calmly brought the matter to victory.

– We fought as best we could, but Ecuador had its own plans. It’s not that the guys didn’t want to go on the attack, they just had their own weapons. If Qatar wants to impose a fight, we must defend and play more organized. I would like the guys to have more effective possession of the ball. Plus, I would note that the atmosphere pressed on us, this also influenced the development of events. Although if it weren’t for VAR, we would have lost the score already after the starting three minutes. In general, the Ecuadorians have surpassed us in all aspects, – Felix Bas did not hide his disappointment.

The hero of the same meeting was Enner Valencia, who scored a double. Forward “Fenerbahce” generally issued a shock time: in 45 minutes he scored as many as three times, but referee Daniele Orsato canceled one of the goals due to offside. Valencia became the first player in history to score their World Cup debut from a penalty kick. Also, the 33-year-old striker scored the last five goals of his team in the world championships. Valencia has more World Cup goals (5) than any other Ecuadorian in the history of the competition.

– Ever since the draw, I dreamed of meeting with Qatar. I really wanted to win at the start of the tournament, so it’s really a dream come true, – admitted Valencia. – In such matches, every moment is important. We were able to score two goals, which allowed us to take control of the situation. There are two more games ahead, and now all our attention will be focused on them.

The brilliant game of Valencia was noted by the head coach of Ecuadorians Gustavo Alfaro. “Enner proved himself to be a true leader and deservedly won the best player of the game award. Today we won a big victory. In the first match of the World Cup, the pressure and tension are always increased. And we are also the youngest team in the tournament. The guys acted as they were asked. I can’t to say that everything suited me right, but for the opening match everything turned out quite well. Moreover, if Ecuador wants to get into the playoffs, it is necessary to work on some components,” Alfaro said.

In the second match of group “A” on the eve met Senegal and the Netherlands. The result of this game became known after the issue of “RG” was signed for publication.

The confrontation between the African Cup winner and one of the brightest European teams was initially considered one of the main events at the start of the tournament. And for the “orange” yesterday’s match and did was special, because they missed the previous two draws of the competition.

Unfortunately for the Senegalese, at the last moment their beloved team lost their leader Sadio Mane, who finished second in voting for the Ballon d’Or after Karim Benzema, due to an injury. No matter how hard doctors and even shamans try to put the 30-year-old striker on his feet, everything is in vain. The head coach of the Senegalese national team, Aliou Cisse, does not hide the fact that he believed in the restoration of Mane to the very end and that the absence of the Bayern player was a big blow for the team.

– First of all, I feel sorry for Sadio himself, but I also feel sorry for the other guys. And yet Mane’s health is more important, he needs to recover. It is foolish to deny the importance of Sadio for our team. However, we have a group of guys, which includes both experienced and young players. They are all ready to strengthen us. It’s time for them to prove themselves, – said Cisse.

Like the Senegalese, one of their leading players before the opening match at the World Cup was also lost by the Netherlands: Barcelona forward Memphis Depay was injured. When he will be able to return to the field again remains a mystery.

– The absence of Depay will be for us the same blow as for Senegal skipping the World Cup Manet. Sadio is an extraordinary footballer. To be honest, I wanted to buy him when I was in charge of Manchester United, followed him at that time. I am a fan of Manet, – admitted the helmsman of the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal. But we are also in a difficult situation. We will miss our top scorer and assist king, Depay. However, guys shouldn’t give up. In 2014, we took bronze medals with a team that was of lesser quality than the current one. I expect that this time we will achieve more.


67,372 spectators attended the World Cup opening match between Qatar and Ecuador

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