FIFA World Cup Highlights: Qatar vs Ecuador talking points, QAT 0-2 ECU, Valencia scores a brace

FIFA World Cup 2022 will begin on November 20, 2022. Follow the first match of Qatar WC, Qatar vs Ecuador, being played at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Qatar and Ecuador will hope the game and its stars will do enough to banish the controversies that have bogged down both nations.  

Qatar and Ecuador will hope the game and its stars will do enough to banish the controversies that have bogged down both nations.   | Photo Credit: AFP

FIFA World Cup 2022 will begin on November 20, 2022. Follow the first match of Qatar WC, Qatar vs Ecuador, being played at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Qatar vs Ecuador talking points:
The 2022 World Cup will be the 22nd edition of the competition, 92 years after the 1st in Uruguay (1930). It is the 7th and final in a 32-team format initiated in 1998 in France.
Qatar becomes the third nation to host the tournament on its World Cup debut, after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.
Enner Valencia has scored each of Ecuador’s last 5 World Cup goals. Only Eusébio (Portugal 1966), Paolo Rossi (Italy 1982) and Oleg Salenko (Russia 1994) have done better for their country (6 times in a row each).
Enner Valencia 🇪🇨 has scored with 50% of his shots at the World Cup (5/10), equalling the best shot conversion rate by a player with at least five goals at the tournament since at least 1966 (Alessandro Altobelli 🇮🇹 50% - 5/10). (source: Opta)
Ecuador is the first team in the World Cup’s 92-year history to beat the host in its opening game of the tournament.

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Stage set!
The players are out of the tunnel and the after National anthems for either side, followed by team photographs. Minutes to go for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to begin.

Head-to-head

Since 2000, Qatar and Ecuador last met in 2018, when Qatar beat Ecuador 4-3 in an international friendly.

Qatar vs Ecuador Starting lineups
Qatar: Alsheeb (GK); Khouki, Hisham, Hassan; Miguel, Hatem, Alhaydos, Boudiaf, Ahmed; Afif, Ali. 
Ecuador: Dominguez (GK); Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Gruezo, Caicedo, Cifuentes; Plata, Valencia, Ibarra

Match Preview

The FIFA World Cup opens with host country Qatar facing Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday, November 20.

Making its World Cup debut, Qatar, which has won its last four friendlies, will look to make a winning start in a contest between the 50th and 44th ranked nations in the world before facing the big boys of Group A, the Netherlands and Senegal.

Coach Felix Sanchez, in charge since 2017, is aware of the task in hand and is relying on the playing chemistry of the Al Saad gang – 13 of his 26 players come from the Qatar Super League champion – to earn the football world’s respect and offer early legitimacy to the nation’s dream project.

“It’s an extraordinary day like no other. We have made such a huge effort in this country. We are all devoted to this World Cup and have invested so much. I hope it’s a great party where we can enjoy football and I hope everyone from all countries in the world, together, can enjoy this experience. I’m happy to be the ones kicking off this competition,” he said ahead of the historical game.

“We are very much aware of who we are, where we are coming from and who we are facing. We know it will be a great challenge but, in many ways, we are eager to play and are very happy to be here.”

Ecuador, with Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo and the experienced Enner Valencia in its ranks, is short of goals coming into the World Cup but is tough to break down, conceding none in its last six games since June.

Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro had criticised FIFA’s move to prepone the game by a day to fit in a grand opening ceremony, but on Sunday both teams will be happy to kick-off the World Cup.

They’ll hope the game and its stars will do enough to banish the controversies that have bogged down both nations.

Qatar vs Ecuador: Kick-off, live telecast and live streaming info
Where will the Qatar vs Ecuador World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Qatar vs Ecuador match will kick-off at the Al Bayt Stadium.
When will the Qatar vs Ecuador World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Qatar vs Ecuador match will kick-off at 9:30 PM IST on November 20, 2022.
Where can you watch the Qatar vs Ecuador match in India?
The Qatar vs Ecuador World Cup opening match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
Where can you watch the Qatar vs Ecuador match outside India?
The following list shows where you can watch the Qatar vs Ecuador match outside of India
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.
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