Watch: Enner Valencia deflates Qatar 15 minutes into World Cup opener

Qatar have seen the ball in the net twice in the opening 15 minutes of the World Cup, but neither at the right end for the host nation.

Ecuador had scored after just three minutes through former West Ham forward Enner Valencia. A free-kick was not cleared properly after goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb flapped at the ball. Eventually it was hooked back across goal for Enner Valencia to knock in.

That goal was disallowed after a lengthy VAR review, which established that in the initial ball in and header, the next Ecuador player to play the ball was narrowly offside.

Just 12 minutes later, they would have the ball in the net again. Ecuador cut through Qatar in the middle of the pitch, sending Valencia through on goal. He rounded the goalkeeper and was brought down. After the ball was cleared off the line, a penalty was awarded, which Valencia could not have been cooler with.

Valencia now has his name down as the Ecuadorian with the most WC goals and the first scorer of the 2022 edition. Qatar are running the risk of being the first host nation to lose the opening game of the World Cup.

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