The opening recreation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup was one Ecuador followers will keep in mind for years to return. For host nation Qatar, it is one they will need to wipe from their reminiscence earlier than their subsequent match in opposition to Senegal on Friday.
Here is what occurred within the World Cup on Sunday and what to look at for tomorrow.
Ecuador 2, Qatar 0
Qatar turned the primary host nation to lose its opening match of the World Cup, as they fell to Ecuador 2-0. Host nations had 16 wins, six attracts and no losses of their openers getting into Sunday.
Qatar now has to get three factors in opposition to the Netherlands or Senegal, that are ranked eighth and 18th on the earth, respectively.
In the meantime, Ecuador gained three priceless factors in a top-heavy group.
Objective of the day
Even in a large stance along with his arms stretched out, Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb could not cease Enner Valencia’s perfectly-placed header from getting in. It was Valencia’s second of the day.
Earlier than Valencia scored the World Cup-opening aim from the spot — and the eventual follow-up header — he scored what would have been the primary of his hat trick. Had the aim stood, he would have been simply the third participant in World Cup historical past to attain a hat trick on the opening day of the World Cup.
However the aim was wiped off when VAR evaluation dominated the play offsides.
Issues actually get cooking Monday with three matches on the docket, together with the opener for the US.
England vs. Iran, 8 a.m. ET on FS1
England hasn’t gained a global match since March 29. That, mixed with their historical past of disappointment on the World Cup stage, has led to many individuals tempering their expectations for a squad that, on paper, is among the many most gifted of the match.
A convincing win in opposition to Iran — a crew that is anticipated to have a robust fan presence — would flip a few of the Three Lions’ doubters into believers; a draw or a loss would solely add extra gasoline to the hearth.
Senegal vs. Netherlands, 11 a.m. ET on FOX
Earlier than a knee harm pressured Sadio Mané to withdrawal from the match, the Senegal-Netherlands matchup was broadly considered because the tiebreaker for the highest of Group B. Whereas that may nonetheless find yourself being the case, the Netherlands has to really feel higher about their probabilities than they did firstly of the week.
United States vs. Wales, 2 p.m. ET on FOX
If we’re to imagine the best-case situation for the US in opposition to England is a draw, then a win in opposition to Wales is a necessity. Not solely that, however historical past doesn’t bode nicely for groups that lose their group stage opener. Each groups will probably be searching for three factors.