The fans of the victorious were heard Ecuador sing “we want beer” during his inaugural victory of the world Cup on Qatar while supporters of the host country left en masse before the end of the match on Sunday.
big stripes Empty seats in the second half summed up the disappointing start for the Qatar soccer team to their first World Cup, but a spirited and outnumbered group of Ecuadorians in the stands provided some levity as they chanted for beer towards the end of the game. First half.
The fans are frustrated
It was a humorous intervention two days after Qatar decided to ban the sale of beer in stadiums during the World Cup. It was a late move by the conservative Islamic nation where access to alcohol is strictly limited, with only non-alcoholic Bud Zero being sold in-game.
The night began with more than 67,000 mostly Qatari fans filling the cavernous Al Bayt Stadium, enjoying an opening ceremony that showcased the tiny Arab emirate to a global audience 12 years after winning the right to host the biggest event in football.
It ended with the overwhelmed Qatar team walking off the pitch, their unwanted place in football history secured and many of their distraught fans long gone.
The controversy-ridden tournament opened on Sunday with the 2019 Asian Cup champions being outclassed in a 2-0 loss to Ecuador, ensuring a host team lost its opening game for the first time at a World Cup.
After the disappointing start, Qatar will need more than luck to avoid joining South Africa as the only host nation to fail to make it out of the group stage at the World Cup with matches against Senegal and the Netherlands yet to be played.