Guwahati: On November 20, the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 pits Qatar against Ecuador in Group A at the Al Bayt Stadium. Ecuador will return to the FIFA World Cup finals after an eight-year absence while Qatar will compete on the largest international platform for the first time in their history.
As they get ready to face off in Al Khor, Ecuador and Felix Sanchez Bas’ Qatar are ranked 44th and 50th in the world, respectively. The past four opening FIFA World Cup games have resulted in 17 goals, scoring an average of 4.25 goals per game. Qatar has had success at Al Bayt Stadium, winning each of their last three games there by an aggregate score of 9-0.
When Ecuador play host nation Qatar in the tournament’s opening game, vice president Alfredo Borrero will be present in place of President Guillermo Lasso.
Despite being recognised as an Ecuadorian national by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, defender Byron Castillo was not included in Ecuador’s 26-man World Cup roster. After Chile’s claim that Castillo was ineligible to play during the qualifiers was rejected by CAS earlier this month, Ecuador was permitted to participate in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Qatar, the hosts and the only debutant among the 32 participants – has spent 12 years preparing for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Felix Sanchez Bas led Qatar to its most historic milestone: winning the Asian Cup in 2019. He earlier claimed that trying to take the lead while also trying to compete would be “suicide” for Qatar. According to him, the squad would strive to play a defensively compact game, give up as few opportunities as possible and be powerful in transitions.
When and where will the Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 opener match take place?
The Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 opener match will take place on Sunday (November 20), at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
Which time will the Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 opener match begin?
The Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 opener match is scheduled for kick-off at 9:30 PM IST.
Where will the live broadcast of Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 opener match be available for fans in India?
The Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 opener match will be broadcasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD channels in Indian television.
How will the Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 opener match be live streamed for fans in India?
The Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 opener match will be live streamed via JioCinema for free in India.