World Cup Daily: Enner Valencia sets tone for Golden Boot race


The opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is an event that Ecuadorian fans will remember for years. For host country Qatar, this is the one they will want to erase from their memory ahead of their next game against Senegal on Friday.

Here’s what happened at the World Cup on Sunday and what to watch for tomorrow.

QATAR DISAPPOINTED IN WORLD CUP PREMIERE AS EXCADOR’S ENNER VALENCIA SHINES IN OPENING MATCH VICTORY

Ecuador 2, Qatar 0

Qatar became the first host nation to lose their World Cup opener, losing to Ecuador 2-0. The host nations had 16 wins, six draws and no losses in their opening games on Sunday.

Qatar now need to secure three points against the Netherlands or Senegal, who are ranked eighth and 18th respectively in the world.

A Saad Al-Sheeb of Qatar dejected during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.
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Meanwhile, Ecuador gained three valuable points in a very heavy group.

goal of the day

Even in a wide stance with outstretched arms, Qatar keeper Saad Al Sheeb couldn’t stop Enner Valencia’s perfectly placed header from entering. It was the second of the day for Valencia.

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Inescapable moment

Enner Valencia of Ecuador scores his team's first goal during the Group A - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. Qatar.

Enner Valencia of Ecuador scores his team’s first goal during the Group A – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. Qatar.
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Before Valencia scored the opening World Cup goal from the spot – and the eventual follow-up header – he netted what would have been the first of his hat-trick. Had the goal been achieved, he would have been only the third player in World Cup history to score a hat-trick on the opening day of the World Cup.

But the goal was cleared when the VAR review ruled the game offside.

Things are really shaping up on Monday with three matches on the schedule, including the opener for the United States.

England vs Iran, 8am ET on FS1

England have not won an international match since March 29. That, combined with their history of disappointment on the World Cup stage, has led many to temper their expectations for a squad that, on paper, is among the tournament’s most talented. .

A convincing victory against Iran – a team expected to have a strong fan presence – would turn some of the Three Lions skeptics into believers; a draw or a defeat would only add fuel to the fire.

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Senegal vs Netherlands, 11 a.m. ET on FOX

Before a knee injury forced Sadio Mané to withdraw from the tournament, the Senegal-Netherlands game was widely seen as the tiebreaker for the top of Group B. Although it could still end up being the case, the Netherlands must feel better about their chances. than they did at the beginning of the week.

USA vs Wales, 2 p.m. ET on FOX

Tim Weah #21 of the United States before a game between Uruguay and USMNT at Children's Mercy Park on June 5, 2022 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Tim Weah #21 of the United States before a game between Uruguay and USMNT at Children’s Mercy Park on June 5, 2022 in Kansas City, Kansas.
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If we assume the best-case scenario for the United States against England is a draw, then a win against Wales is a necessity. Not only that, but history doesn’t bode well for teams that lose their opening game of the group stage. Both teams will be looking for three points.


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