21 hilarious reactions to the 2022 WC opening game

The 2022 World Cup has got underway as Ecuador beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in the opening game and Twitter had plenty to say about the match.

After all the controversy in the build-up, including Gianni Infantino giving a baffling speech calling himself gay, disabled and a migrant worker, the tournament got underway in the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

The hosts had prepared for 12 years for their big moment but looked incredibly nervous as a limited Ecuador side bullied them at will.

Enner Valencia thought he’d scored the tournament’s first goal within three minutes of the kick-off but his effort was ruled out for an automated offside decision.

But Valencia didn’t have to wait long to open his account. Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb bought the former West Ham and Everton striker down inside the penalty area and he tucked away the spot-kick with ease.

Valencia doubled his tally with a thumping header to effectively win the game for Ecuador before half-time and journalists inside the Al Bayt Stadium reported scores of fans leaving at the break.

The second-half was a non-event but social media was full of users claiming Qatar were the worst side in World Cup history after their 2-0 defeat.

While they’ll surely improve in their fixtures against Senegal and Netherlands, their first-half performance was worthy of a struggling League Two side.

As the World Cup finally got underway, we’ve scoured Twitter to bring you the very best reaction from the opening game of the 2022 tournament.

Ruud Gullit

Gary Neville




Sounds about right

Disallowed goal

Thousands of betting slips torn up


Richard Keys

Enner Valencia


Wayne Rooney


Half time sub

Empty seats

Call to prayer?


Oh dear



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