Qatar vs Ecuador: Find out who scored the first goal of the FIFA World Cup 2022

The FIFA World Cup 2022 is up and running and the action is already sparkled. Let's find out who scored the opening goal of the World Cup.

Enner Valencia after scoring the opening goal of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Credit: Twitter
By annirudh bhalla | Nov 20, 2022 | 1 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


The FIFA World Cup 2022 is well underway with the fixture between Qatar and Ecuador on. All the eyes of the footballing world are on the opener of the showpiece event and rightly so. Qatar head into this game with the aim to continue the record of the hosts going unbeaten in the tournament opener. While, Ecuador head in with a young squad eager to surprise the world.

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It was Enner Valencia who got the FIFA World Cup 2022 off and running. Ecuador’s all time top goal scorer displayed extraordinary composure from the penalty spot to put his nation in front at the 16th minute. It was nothing less than what they deserved after a period of domination. Valencia who was unlucky to get a goal ruled out earlier, is now the nation’s all time top scorer in the World Cup finals.

Scorers of the Opening Goal in Previous World Cup Editions

The opening goal in a World Cup is a special moment and the goal scorer’s name is written in the history books forever. It was Yury Gazinsky who netted the first goal in the 2018 World Cup for Russia. It was the first of the five, the Russians scored in a 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia. Rewind four years back, it was Neymar who got the Brazilians underway in the 2014 edition with a wonderfully taken goal against Croatia in a 3-1 victory.