Twitter reacts as Ecuador cruise to victory over Qatar in World Cup opening game

Jack Gallagher
Valencia was the hero
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Enner Valencia bagged a brace as Ecuador firmly put Qatar in their place in the 2022 World Cup opening game.

The former Everton and West Ham forward was in brilliant form in the first half, scoring twice while the home nation looked generally hapless in every single facet of the game.

Ecuador found the breakthrough inside the opening minutes when Enner Valencia nodded home after a goalkeeping error from Saad Al Sheeb.

After a VAR check however, the goal was ruled out for offside... well we were told it was offside... although replays didn't really show anything of the sort.

After a little while a relatively conclusive CGI reply of the goal did show that an Ecuador player's kneecap was just offside.

Valencia did eventually get his goal, and the first of the 2022 World Cup, from the spot in the 16th minute.

After being brought down by Al Sheeb in the penalty area, the former West Ham and Everton man coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

West Ham and Everton Twitter rejoiced.

While the rest of Twitter took the time to slag off Al Sheeb who was, by all accounts, enduring a nightmare start to the tournament.

Valencia then added another to his World Cup goal tally, heading brilliantly home to - weirdly - make him the Golden Boot favourite... for a day at least.

Despite being, in all honesty, completely terrible, Qatar did manage to create a great chance in added time at the end of the first half.

Said chance would fall to Almoez Ali, who was unable to direct a free header goalward after he had done well to latch onto a Hassan Al Haidos cross from the right flank.

Unfortunately for every single person watching the game, the start of the second half was rather dire.

Ecuador knew they had the game sewn up, while Qatar looked incapable of doing, well, anything ever.

It wasn't fun.

And that was that.

The second half really was that much of a non-event.

Ecuador were simply too good for a Qatar side who will need a minor miracle to score a goal at this tournament.

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