‘Five minutes into the World Cup, are you kidding?’: Fans rage over Ecuador’s bizarre goal disallowed against Qatar for offside in the early stages of the tournament’s opening game
Fans were left baffled after Ecuador had a goal disallowed for offside in the early stages of the World Cup opening match against hosts Qatar.
Enner Valencia thought he had scored the opening goal of the tournament with a header after Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb was left fighting for the ball, but following a VAR review the attempt was ruled out for offside.
However, many fans felt that the decision to disallow the goal was wrong.
Enner Valencia’s goal for Ecuador against hosts Qatar was disallowed for offside
Valencia thought that it had put Ecuador in advantage but after the intervention of the VAR it was annulled
FIFA later released a graphic showing Michael Estrada’s kneecap was out of play in preparation for the goal.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Yeah, that’s not offside. 5 minutes into the World Cup, are you kidding?’
Referee Daniele Orsato told VAR to review the incident after Valencia’s goal
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Me trying to see how that goal went offside.’
Another wrote: ‘Me looking at the TV screen trying to find the Ecuador player offside.’
One user added: ‘Where was the offside?’
Another wrote: ‘How is this offside?’
Another said: ‘Unless I missed something, that Valencia goal has to stand… Isn’t there an offside or goalkeeper foul?’
One added: ‘How is that even an offside? Unfair decision of the referees’.
Dion Dublin, in co-commentary for BBC Sport, was also confused by the decision to rule out the goal.
Dublin said: ‘I didn’t see it coming at all! Was it a foul that he would have said perhaps high boot? I can see that he says offside clearly.
‘The offside has come… I can’t see where the offside has actually come from. From those photos that we have seen I don’t see an offside… I don’t know what… Is there a push against the goalkeeper perhaps? A penalty? Offside or foul, the goalkeepers leave late and they timed it wrong, they did everything wrong, after that, I don’t know why it was cancelled, no idea.
BBC Sport co-commentator Dion Dublin was left confused by the offside decision.
‘Stay on your feet, don’t take any free kicks in your own half, and if you do, your goalkeeper will stay on your line and trust your defenders.
“In the past, if something like that came into the box and you heard your goalkeeper yell that you were going to take off because one of those goalkeepers would take the ball and everything else. On that occasion, the goalkeeper made a mistake but got away with it.