The opening match of the 2022 World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador ended 0-2 from the perspective of the hosts. The Qatari national team, after all Asian champions in 2019, could at best prove that they were at the regional league level. After taking the lead early on and lacking resistance, Ecuador soon made themselves comfortable. Other protagonists: the VAR and Qatar's goalkeeper. Goals: 1-0 Valencia (16th) 2-0 (31st) This is how the net reacted to the opening game:
It wasn't even three minutes before the score was 1-0: after two big mistakes by Qatar's goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb, Ecuador's captain Enner Valencia finally headed in for the lead. After a long examination, the VAR, equipped with a new, semi-automatic offside technique, rightly withdrew the goal. Of course, the web couldn't take the mockery away:
In terms of sport, very little happened in the remaining hour. It was much more likely that other topics would be taken up on the Internet. Especially keeper Al-Sheeb, who really showed a weak and flawed performance, got his fat off.
Otherwise, Qatar was amused at length, both in terms of sport and as the organizer of the tournament.
This article was originally published on 90min.de as "Even Schalke would win against Qatar" - Network reactions to the World Cup opener between Qatar and Ecuador.