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World Cup 2022: Ecuador defeats Qatar 2-0; President Biden calls USMNT

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From the first kick to lifting the World Cup trophy, here’s breaking news and breaking news from Qatar and around the world.

Closing Thought: World Cup Launch Quickly Strengthens Qatar’s Legacy

Despite the impressive stadiums, Doha’s beautiful waterfront and Lusail’s breathtaking skyline, there is something wrong with this World Cup.

“If it weren’t all so disgusting,” wrote columnist Nancy Armor.

Twelve years after Qatar easily won the right to host the World Cup, the first blow has finally come.

“We have invested for the benefit of all mankind,” the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said during the opening ceremony.

“Contrary to the claims of FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the criticism of the Qataris is neither hypocrisy nor injustice,” Armor wrote. “Stadiums, skyscrapers, this whole event is paid for in blood.”

OPINION: The World Cup has just begun, but the tournament’s legacy is already cemented

Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0, Valencia scored twice

After them first goal was controversially banned, Ecuador scored twice in the first half, a score that remained until the end of the Group A match. Captain Enner Valencia scored a double as the only player on the field with previous World Cup experience. His penalty in the 16th minute gave Ecuador the lead and extended his World Cup scoring streak to five games. Ecuador dominated the game on the field and the energy in the stands.

This defeat means that Qatar became the first host nation to lose the first game of the World Cup despite its billion dollar investment, including the opening ceremony narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Valencia have scored two goals in this World Cup. Is he a contender for the Golden Boot?

FIFA celebrates individual achievements during the tournament. Introduced in 1982, the Golden Ball is awarded to the best player in the World Cup, and the Golden Boot to the top scorer. And the Golden Gloves, introduced in 1994, go to the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

Here’s who according to USA TODAY Network reporters will receive individual awards:

President Joe Biden wishes USMNT good luck

President Joe Biden from his desk in the Oval Office called USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter in a room filled with the whole team.

“I know that you are an underdog, but I will tell you that you have some of the best players in the world on your team,” Biden said. “You represent this country and I know you will play with all your heart, so let’s shock them all.”

Biden is not traveling to Qatar for the World Cup, but his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will be in the country on Monday to attend the first USMNT match against Wales.

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Second half in progress, Ecuador leads Qatar

Most of the fans rooting for Ecuador did not let up. Meanwhile, the Qatari contingent calmed down after the level of excitement seen during the opening ceremony only peaked towards the end of the first half, when Almoes Ali’s chance went over the bar.

Ecuadorian fans cheer after striker Enner Valencia (13) scored his second goal against Qatar in the first half of a 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage match at Al Bayt Stadium.
Ecuadorian fans cheer after striker Enner Valencia (13) scored his second goal against Qatar in the first half of a 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage match at Al Bayt Stadium.

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Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb (1) failed to save a penalty after a penalty kick taken by Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia (not pictured) in the first half of a 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage match at Al Bayt Stadium.
Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb (1) failed to save a penalty after a penalty kick taken by Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia (not pictured) in the first half of a 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage match at Al Bayt Stadium.

Ecuador leads the first half against Qatar, leads 2-0

With two goals from Valencia, Ecuador led host country Qatar at half-time. Qatar is 45 minutes away from being the first host to lose the first leg.

CHECK: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

Ecuador doubles lead with Valencia

The Ecuador captain scored his second goal of the game. Video review confirmed the count. Valencia have scored in five consecutive World Cups for La Tri.

CHECK: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

Valencia converted the penalty to open the gates of Ecuador

Enner Valencia of Ecuador scored his 36th career goal with a penalty against Qatar in the 16th minute. Valencia earned a penalty after Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb knocked down a striker and received a yellow card.

CHECK: Qatar 0-1 Ecuador

Ecuador’s first goal was ruled offside

Felix Torres of Ecuador took a free kick 18 yards into the box with an acrobatic kick towards striker Enner Valencia. The best scorer in the history of Ecuador hit the net with his head, but the referee, after watching the video, recorded an offside position and counted the goal. This would be the fastest result in World Cup history.

The offside rule has been the source of countless controversial moments in football.

FIFA only began allowing World Cup officials to view video replays to confirm calls in 2018. This year it introduced a new semi-automatic offside technology to improve its Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which was used to manage Valencia’s first match. goal out of play.

CHECK: Qatar 0-0 Ecuador

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November 20, 2022;  Al Bayt, Qatar;  Ecuadorian fans applaud before the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Daniel Parkhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
November 20, 2022; Al Bayt, Qatar; Ecuadorian fans applaud before the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Parkhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Starting lineups for Qatar vs Ecuador

Both teams took to the field for a warm-up. Ecuador fans went crazy when Ecuador was announced; They jump up and down, wave flags and sing. Qatari winger Akram Afif applauded the fans in the stands as he ran out. – Columnist Nancy Armor at Al Bayt in Qatar.

Ecuador captain Enner Valencia starts. He scored three times in the 2014 World Cup and is the top scorer in the Turkish Super League.

Explaining the biggest controversy surrounding the World Cup in Qatar

Smaller than Connecticut, Qatar lacks size and power and makes up for it with oil and natural gas. It came in handy when Qatari organizers were trying to convince FIFA members of their vision for the first World Cup in the Middle East, writes columnist Nancy Armor.

His government has been accused of numerous human rights violations, including the exploitation and death of migrant construction workers, and the oppression of women and the LGBTQ community.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said last week that her choice to host the World Cup was as follows:error“.

Current President Gianni Infantino conducted an airing of grievances on Saturday, “targeting in a deceitful, hypocritical and virtually ignorant speech at all those who have criticized football’s governing body for hosting the World Cup in Qatar,” Armor wrote.

OPINION: FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s statement on criticizing Qatar is incorrect and inappropriate

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FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

The tournament kicked off with a first-of-its-kind Olympic-style opening ceremony featuring American actor Morgan Freeman.

Creative director Marko Balic, a veteran of numerous Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, told The Associated Press that he has been working on the 30-minute show for a year now.

“The Supreme Committee wanted to create a real show that FIFA is not used to,” Balic said in a telephone interview from Doha, referring to the Qatar local organizing committee.

The extravagant ceremony was one of the reasons the start of the World Championships in August was pushed back a day to give the show a more prominent viewing space.

MORE: Morgan Freeman giving a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Olympic style.

Contribute: Associated Press

What’s on the faucet? not beer

Alcoholic beer will no longer be sold in or near the World Cup stadiums in Qatar in the days leading up to the start of the tournament.

FIFA and Qatar officials initially compromised on the sale of beer, deciding that alcoholic beer would only be sold within the perimeter of the stadium before and after games, rather than inside the stadium itself — similar to how fans might hide outside some college stadiums, but don’t buy beer when they go. inside. Non-alcoholic beer was to be sold and will be sold in the halls of the stadium.

This is no longer the case.

OPINION: FIFA and Qatar got what they deserved by crushing beer at the World Cup

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