Valencia enters the history of the World Cup from its widest gates

20 November, 2022
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Valencia enters the history of the World Cup from its widest gates

Irene Valencia, the veteran Ecuadorian striker, entered the history of the World Cup from its widest gates during the first half of the World Cup opening match between Qatar, the hosts, against Ecuador.

Valencia scored the guests' first goal from a penalty kick in the 16th minute, after a foul on Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb, and for the first time in the history of the World Cup (after 20 copies), the first goals of the tournament were scored via a penalty kick.

Valencia became the fourth player to score two goals in the opening match in the last five editions, after Miroslav Klose in 2006, Neymar in 2014 and Denis Cheryshev in 2018. With this goal, Valencia also became, according to the Egyptian website Filjol, the oldest player to score a goal in an opening match at the age of 33 years and 16 days, surpassing Italian Alessandro Altobelli by 30 years and 184 days, who scored the first goal at the opening of the 1986 World Cup against Bulgaria (the match ended in a 1-1 draw). -1)

The Turkish player, Fenerbahçe, was also close to another record, which was difficult to break quickly, after he scored a goal for the South American team very early in the third minute, but the referee returned and canceled the goal based on video technology that revealed an offside, with a difference of centimeters, that occurred at the beginning of the game, Not on Valencia. Inner Ramberto Valencia Rastra previously played for several clubs, including West Ham and Everton, England, between 2014 and 2017.

Ecuador, Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal play in the first group of the World Cup, which started today, Sunday.


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