Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 1 - the pain of gain

AP - Francisco Seco

Hardly surprising that with a ban on the sale of alcohol around the World Cup stadium, there were a lot of firsts.


A song by Duran Duran from 1986 - who would have thought holding a tambourine could be so cool? Or since the review prides itself on levels of culture ... an Alfred Hitchcock thriller from 1946 starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. A perfume too. And it will take a lot of fragrance to mask such a stinky performance from the Qatar team against Ecuador. The 2-0 defeat left them with the ignominy of becoming the first host to lose an opening match in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Happy Days

An American TV series from the 1970s ... OK we will stop right away. Enner Valencia's brace against Qatar not only catapulted them to a unique position but himself as well. The 33-year-old's feats on Day 1 extended his record goal tally for his country to 37. He also surpassed Agustin Delgado as Ecuador's leading marksman at World Cups. The duo were tied on three goals for their country. But Valencia stands supreme with five strikes.

Oh for an eye into the future

Treasure trove

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