World Cup dismay for Qatar as Ecuador wins opening game

  • Ecuador's Enner Valencia, centre bottom, scores his side's second goal during the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Ecuador’s Enner Valencia celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Qatar during a World Cup group A soccer match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor , Qatar, Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

AL KHOR, Qatar — The large swathes of empty seats in the second half summed up the Qatar soccer team’s disappointing start to its first ever World Cup.