After loss, spirit not dampened in Qatari neighborhood
It’s the morning after one of the biggest night in Qatar’s history. Out in the city of Al Rayyan in the west of Doha, home to a largely local population, it’s business as usual. Tea shops decorated with mini flags have been open all night.
“We had people pouring in and celebrating all night despite Qatar’s loss in the opening game,” Abu Bakr, who works at a tea and snack shop, tells Al Jazeera while preparing a stack of parathas (South Indian layered bread).
He says the mood has not dampened and people are just happy that the long-awaited tournament has finally kicked off.
It’s day 2 of #Qatar2022 👇
Is your country playing today? These are the games scheduled for November 21:
🏴 England V Iran 🇮🇷
🇸🇳 Senegal V Netherlands 🇳🇱
🇺🇸 USA V Wales 🏴
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) November 21, 2022
Ecuador coach says ‘Superman’ Valencia will be ready for the Netherlands
Ecuador’s coach has said the team’s star player, Enner Valencia, dubbed ‘Superman’ by fans, should be ready to play in time for the team’s Friday match against the Netherlands.
Valencia scored both of Ecuador’s goals in their 0-2 victory over host Qatar. However, he limped off in the second half, triggering fears his tournament might be over shortly after it began.
“Enner will play against the Netherlands – there is no doubt about that,” coach Gustavo Alfaro told reporters.