Mission accomplished for Ecuador coach Alfaro after Qatar win but wants more from side

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Mission accomplished for Ecuador coach Alfaro after Qatar win but wants more from side
Ecuador were comfortable in their 2-0 victory against Qatar on the opening night of the World Cup
Ecuador were comfortable in their 2-0 victory against Qatar on the opening night of the World Cup
Reuters
It was mission accomplished, said Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro after a 2-0 win over hosts Qatar in the World Cup opener on Sunday, but he warned that he will need more from his men to reach the knockout round.

It was the type of offensive display Alfaro wanted to see from his attack that had sputtered coming into the World Cup, with veteran striker Enner Valencia (33) netting two first half goals to match team's haul from their six previous matches.

The Group A contest was viewed as a must win by both Qatar and Ecuador if they were to have any chance of getting to the next stage.

Goals might not come as easily against Ecuador's other two group opponents, the Netherlands and Senegal.

While they ended a goal-scoring drought on Sunday, the lack of finishing in the second half, particularly after Valencia left the game in the 75th minute, was worrying.

"The important thing is that we got the win," said Alfaro. "We did what we needed to do to win this game.

"At the half (interval) I asked my players are they happy and they said, no that they can play better.

"I congratulated them for the win but told them we have to do better."

Next up for Ecuador will be three-time finalists Netherlands, who will prove a far tougher hurdle when the teams meet on Friday.

"If we want to go to the knockout stage we need to finish well," said Alfaro. "If we want to go further we need to improve on this.

"Some teams, even after winning their first game, do not qualify."

Check out Ecuador against Qatar summary with Flashscore.