The English-language daily Qatar Tribune underlines “the nightmarish beginnings” of the Qatari national team and the “nervousness” of its goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb, author of a more than hazardous exit on the goal disallowed for offside from the 3rd minute, then sanctioned with a penalty for a foul on Valencia shortly after the quarter of an hour of play. what to disappoint the local supporters, ”estimates the Gulf Times, Monday morning on its website.
“The best answer to skeptics”
The stands were also gradually emptied during the meeting, to end up very sparse shortly before the final whistle. “Ecuador – 44th in the FIFA rankings – is only six places above Qatar, but last night they showed that they were very far ahead of the Asian champions” 2019, continues the English-language newspaper.
Same story for The Peninsula: “After becoming the first host country to lose their first World Cup match, Qatar will face a daunting task in their bid to reach the knockout stage,” said the daily. The Qatari selection was “far from impressive for its World Cup debut”, in contrast to the “spectacular” and “dazzling” opening ceremony.
It is moreover the “sparkling” ceremony which is the subject of the front page of the daily Qatar Tribune, titling its Monday edition with the adjective “Extraordinary! “. For about thirty minutes, the host country organized a ceremony reminiscent of that of the Olympic Games, with American actor Morgan Freeman as narrator and a member of the famous K-pop group BTS as headliner.
A “global contemporary spectacle that conveyed an important message from Arabs to the world,” according to the Qatar Tribune. “A celebration of football in an Arab atmosphere on a global platform”, according to the Secretary General of the Organizing Committee, Hassan Al-Thawadi. “I think what the world saw today through the opening ceremony of the World Cup is the best answer to the doubters,” he added.