FIFA World Cup is a quadrennial tournament celebrated like a carnival by the fans. Qatar will be up against Ecuador at the Al Bayt stadium on November 20, 2022. The opening fixture is advanced by a day from the original schedule to make it as a stand-alone fixture. The change ensures the continuity of opening ceremony on the occasion of hosts fixture.
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The opening ceremony will be held at the 60,000 seater Al Bayt stadium in Al Kohr on November 20,2022. The ceremony will begin by 6pm local time with the match being scheduled to kick start at 7pm local time. There is no detail available about the performers at the opening ceremony but is going to be a visual display along with musical performance.
Qatar v Ecuador : Match Preview
Qatar is all set to make their debut in the grandest stage of football world on 20th November when they take on Ecuador. The Arab nation are hoping to avoid being the second ever hosts to exit from group stage after South Africa in 2010. Qatar along with Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands completes Group A with Netherlands and Senegal being the favourites to advance further.
Qatar and Ecuador have faced each other three times in friendly matches. The head to head record stands with one win each and a draw. The last meeting between them saw Qatar win 4-3. Incidentally all three of their previous clashes were at the Arab nation. Qatar v Ecuador at the World Cup will be the first competitive fixture between the two nations.
Ecuador have made it to the World Cup finals against all odds. The South American team will be looking to make a significant impact in the tournament. For Ecuador, Moises Caicedo is their key player. The Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder is the driving force of Ecuador. He makes significant contribution in both defensive and attacking phases. La Tri expects Pervis Estupinan and skipper Enner Valencia to rise up to the occassion.
Qatar on the other hand are counting on their captain Hassan Al-Haydos and Ghana born striker Mohammed Muntari to improve the fortunes of the team in the tournament. They are entering the tournament as champions of AFC Asian Cup.