After all the politics, the soccer finally takes center stage. Let’s face it Qatar are not going to win the world cup. But like any other fan I expect a strong showing from the hosts. Judging by this performance they are not going to get out of this group barring a miracle. I AM A GUY WHO SEES LIGHT when others see darkness so let’s see the positives shall we. The second half showing was much stronger than that nervy first 15 minutes. One can understand, first world cup , spotlight too much for the young side. They are a good passing team, no doubt the influence of players like Xavi Hernandez and their Spanish coach Felix Sanchez have had on the soccer.
The end product is non existent. Qatar’s front two of Ali and Afif never had a sniff. Part of the reason why is that there is more to forward play than just waiting for the ball to arrive at your feet. You got to give the playmaker the target to aim at IN THE BOX. Check out what happens when you don’t do that, on minute 75. Afif(number 11) forced to go deep to get the ball and try his fortune from way off the goal with no result. Best chance(more like a half chance) came as late as 85th minute. Ecuador no doubt deserved the win. Came into this tournament with a mix of experienced players and young players. Ener Valencia played in Brazil 2014, Moses Caicedo, Pervis Estupinan and Sarmiento represent Brighton in the Premier League so for me they are favorites to get out of Group A(Senegal sorry). Both goals were well taken by the former West Ham man Valencia although in truth he should have had a hat trick. His second minute goal was supposed to stand (I can tell VAR will have a BIG SAY in this world cup),the foul on the keeper call is more like “we don’t want to embarrass the hosts”type of call.