Fifa World Cup 2022 1st Match, Qatar v Ecuador: Team news, preview and how to watch

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Everything you need to know before the opening match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ between Qatar and Ecuador.

Qatar will be playing their first ever World Cup game, Ecuador will be looking to take advantage of their experience, Qatar coach Sanchez: “I’m not saying we’re going to win the World Cup, but we’ll put in a performance of the highest level”.

Finally, after years of preparation, Qatar will begin their first ever FIFA World Cup™ campaign on home soil, surrounded by their own fans.

Al Annabi come into the tournament as AFC Asian Cup 2019 champions. However, despite all the years of preparation, going up against Ecuador will be a new challenge for them.

By contrast, Ecuador have participated in three previous editions, making it past the group stage at Germany 2006, a feat they will be hoping to repeat this year.

Date and time

9:00 PM IST

Venue

AI BAYT STADIUM, Al Khor

Team news

Akram Afif did not start in Qatar’s last friendly before the World Cup against Albania.

Three Ecuador players – Jeremy Sarmiento, Carlos Gruezo and Robert Arboleda – have been nursing injuries over the last month, but all are included in the squad. 

Probable Playing XI

Qatar: Saad Alsheeb, Boualem Khoukhi, Bassam Alrawi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Pedro Miguel, Abdulaziz Hatem, Hassan Alhaydos, Karim Boudiaf, Homam Ahmed, Almoez Ali, Akram Afif

Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez, Robert Arboleda, Felix Torres, Piero Hincapie, Pervis Estupinan, Jhegson Mendez, Moises Caicedo, Gonzalo Plata, Jose Cifuentes, Romario Ibarra, Enner Valencia

(AS PER FIFA PLUS REPORT)

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