Four years after the French team crowned Russia, the 2022 World Cup will officially begin this weekend with the opening match between hosts 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. 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.
— Qatar Football Association (@QFA_EN) November 17, 2022
On which channel to follow 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 meeting, 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 – Boudiaf, Ro Ro, Hassan, Hatem – Almoez, Al Rawi, Salman, Elamin – Assadalla, Alaaeldin.
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.
💪 ¡La fuerza de la juventud!
🤩 El mundo entero nos reconoce como una de las Selecciones más jóvenes que jugarán en Qatar
— La Tri 🇪🇨 (@LaTri) November 17, 2022
The probable formation of Ecuador: Dominguez – Preciado, Torres, Arreaga, Estupinan – Franco, Mendez, Cifuentes – Mena, Estrada, Ibarra Mina.