Hosts Qatar kicked off the 2022 World Cup on Sunday with a game against Ecuador, a month-long football show that finally began after a 12-year build-up that was rife with off-field controversy. troubled.

The opening ceremony of the first World Cup in the Arab world was held at the Bedouin tent-style Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor, 50 kilometers (31 miles) outside Doha.

Ecuador beat Qatar 1-0 on penalties about 17 minutes into the game.

Ecuador had earlier scored against Qatar about five minutes into the game but were ruled offside.

Enner Valencia scored the opening goal of the game against the hosts after VAR controversially denied his opening goal.

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