TV: Qatar – Ecuador, at what time and on which channel to watch the opening match?

Four years after the coronation of the French team in Russia, the 2022 World Cup officially begins this Sunday with the opening match between Qatar, the host country, 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. Indeed, this competition will officially begin this Sunday, November 20 at 5 p.m. with the opening 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 for this match will be the Italian Daniele Orsato.

On which channels to watch Qatar – Ecuador?

This first match of the competition between two Group A outsiders, behind the Netherlands and Senegal, will be broadcast on two channels in France. Since 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 line-ups of Qatar – Ecuador:

For its first participation in the World Cup, after having always failed in the preliminary round, Qatar hopes to put on a good show in front of the whole world. As host country, the 50th nation in the world will seek to make good results following their crowning at the Asian Cup in 2019. For this, the Spanish coach Félix Sánchez Bas will be able to count on a well-prepared team, which remains on four straight wins since the end 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 in the first round in 2014, Ecuador will play the third World Cup in its history. Qualified at the expense of Colombia or Chile in the so tough group of South America, just behind Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, Ecuador hopes to create a surprise in this Group A. Defeated by a single resumed since 2021, the group of Argentine coach Gustavo Alfaro arrives in full confidence at this World Cup. With a first objective: to spoil the party of the organizing country.

Coach’s statement

Felix Sanchez, Qatar coach, before the opening game: In 2019 it was hard to imagine that we would win the Asian Cup, but we won the title. I’m not saying that we will be world champions, but of course our objective is to compete at the highest level. Certainly, we face teams that have already participated in a World Cup final or have won the Africa Cup of Nations. Many of the players are the best in the world at their position and they have experience having already played in the World Cup or the European Champions League. »

The probable formation of Ecuador: Galindez – Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan – Caicedo, Gruezo, Cifuentes – Plata, Valencia, Ibarra.

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