Qatar manager Felix Sanchez addresses fan exodus at World Cup opening game

Qatar manager Felix Sanchez has hailed fan support during the home nation’s disastrous 2-0 defeat to Ecuador, despite many fans leaving well before the final whistle.

The Qataris got their home FIFA World Cup off to the worst possible start on Sunday evening, conceding two first half Enner Valencia goals and generally being played off of the park.

While the official attendance at the game was over 57,000 at the Al Bayt Stadium, many fans had left prior to the start of the second half, and by the 80th minute mark it was clear that the ground was closer to being empty than it was to being…

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