Four years after the French team crowned themselves in Russia, the 2022 World Cup officially kicks off this Sunday with the opening match between host country Qatar and Ecuador.
What time for Qatar – Ecuador?
The long-awaited moment has arrived, the World Cup is back! And contrary to custom, this first World Cup in the Middle East will be played at the end of the year and not in the summer. In fact, this competition will officially start this Sunday 20 November at 5.00pm with the inaugural match between Qatar and Ecuador. A match that will be played at Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-seat stadium located in Al-Khor. The referee of this match will be the Italian Daniel Orsato.
— Qatar Football Federation (@QFA_EN) November 17, 2022
Which channels to watch Qatar – Ecuador on?
This first match of the competition between two Group A outsiders, behind the Netherlands and Senegal, will be broadcast on two channels in France. From BEIN Sports 1 will broadcast the match, like all the others of this World Cup. TF1 has also chosen to broadcast this Qatar – Ecuador, which will be preceded by the opening ceremony.
The probable formations Qatar – Ecuador:
For its first participation in the World Cup, after having always failed in the preliminary round, Qatar hopes to make a good impression in front of the whole world. As hosts, the 50th nation in the world will be looking to do well following their Asian Cup victory in 2019. For this, Spain coach Félix Sánchez Bas will be able to count on a well-prepared squad, who remain with four consecutive victories to go of October.
The probable composition of Qatar: Al-Sheeb – Al-Rawi, Khoukhi, Salman – Miguel, Boudiaf, Hatem, Ahmed – Al-Haydos – Ali, Afif.
After reaching the round of 16 in 2006 and playing the first round in 2014, Ecuador will play the third World Cup in its history. Qualified at the expense of Colombia or Chile in South America’s tough group, just behind Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, Ecuador are hoping to create a surprise in this Group A. Defeated by a single revived from 2021, the Argentinian coach’s group Gustavo Alfaro arrives in full confidence at this World Cup. With a first objective: to spoil the festival of the organizing village.
Felix Sanchez, Qatar coach, before the opening match: In 2019 it was hard to imagine we would win the Asian Cup, but we did win the title. I’m not saying we will be world champions, but obviously our aim is to compete at the highest level. Of course, we face teams that have already participated in a World Cup final or that have won the African Cup of Nations. Many of the players are the best in the world at their position and have experience having previously played in the World Cup or European Champions League. »
💪 Youth force!
🤩 The world enters us recognized as one of the most young selections who play in Qatar
— LaTri 🇪🇨 (@LaTri) November 17, 2022
Ecuador’s probable lineup: Galindez – Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan – Caicedo, Gruezo, Cifuentes – Plata, Valencia, Ibarra.