Ecuador's Enner Valencia scores first goal of 2022 FIFA World Cup against hosts Qatar

Valencia netted the goal from the penalty spot in the 16th minute

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, November 20, 2022, 11:21 PM IST
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Enner Valencia of Ecuador scored the first goal of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 during their opening match of the mega event at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday, November 20.

Valencia netted the goal from the penalty spot in the 16th minute. With the strike, he is now the highest-ever Ecuadorian goalscorer in World Cup history.

Earlier, One of the most popular faces in Hollywood Morgan Freeman and South Korean singer BTS' Jung Kook stole the limelight during a glittering opening.

One of the non-musical performers was American actor Morgan Freeman. The 85-year-old narrated the event live and delivered a speech about the "emotions that connect us all now". It spanned around 20 minutes and kept the audience all around the world glued to their screens.

The legendary American actor said football unites nations. "Football spans the world, unites nations in their love of the beautiful game. What brings together nations, brings together communities," said Freeman.

However, besides Freedman, the real star of the nearly hour-long ceremony had to be BTS' Jung Kook laying down his new tune "Dreamers" for the 60,000-capacity stadium. Surrounded by dancers, the international superstar and South Korean supporter set the standard for World Cup opening ceremonies to come.

The stadium was also packed as the glitz and glamour of the ceremony caught all the limelight. Some of the superstars of the world performed.

Among the famous faces in the crowd was former England captain David Beckham, who has been working as an ambassador for Qatar 2022.

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