Player ratings as La Tricolor win World Cup opener

Ecuador got their World Cup off to a flying start as they breezed past host nation Qatar with a comfortable 2-0 win at Al Bayt Stadium.

This competition has been preceded by 12 years of discourse and debate, but in the end the opening game was simply men against boys as La Tricolor passed directly through Qatar’s defensive structure again and again.

The game kicked off at a frantic pace, with challenges flying in on both sides, and it took just two minutes for the first moment of drama in this competition to occur.

Ecuador, who are renowned for their set-piece prowess, floated a free kick…


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