Prior to the World Cup beginning, Fifa advised contending nations to "focus on football." Anyone connected to Qatar will want to forget their previous 90 minutes of football for at least the next week after the outcome of the competition's opening game.
Ecuador handily defeated Felix Sanchez's team 2-0, and they managed just one shot on goal the entire game. Former West Ham forward Valencia scored a header and a penalty goal to make it 2-0 at the break.
And they make history by losing their first game as the tournament's hosts for the first time. A day that began with sincere elation as they realised their World Cup dream had come true quickly devolved into a nightmare for both players and spectators.