On Sunday, the hosts of the tournament Qatar will play Ecuador in its opening match. The magnificent 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Qatar’s capital Doha, will host the championship game and opening ceremony of the first-ever Middle Eastern sporting event. In order to maintain the custom of the host country beginning the competition, the event has been moved up by one day.
The Maroons, who are coached by Felix Sanchez of Spain, are in a group with Senegal and European powerhouses the Netherlands. They seek to advance to the next round. After a lengthy training camp in Marbella, Spain, the squad returned to Doha seven days before the game.
Akram Afif, a dangerous left flank, is the man to watch. The 25-year-old, who represents Al Sadd in Qatar, was crowned Asian player of the year in 2019 after helping his country win the continental championship with one goal and 10 assists.
The Ecuador squad known as La Tri, with an average age of 25, was the youngest team to qualify from South America and one of the youngest in the competition.
The 44th-ranked Ecuador had a strong qualification campaign, finishing fourth behind Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay while only losing once at home. They defeated Chile by a score of 4-1, Uruguay by a score of 1-0, Colombia by a score of 6-1, and Brazil and Argentina by a score of 0-0.
Qatar wins: 1
Ecuador wins: 1
Qatar goals: 6
Ecuador goals: 6
Qatar vs Ecuador 2022 Date, Time & Venue
The FIFA World Cup 2022 match between Qatar and Ecuador will kick off on November 20. The opening Group A match will kick off at 9:30 PM (India time) at the 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium, located 40 kilometers north of Doha.