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FIFA World Cup 2022 to kick off with Qatar vs. Ecuador match on Sunday

November 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm

A street view days before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar on November 13, 2022 [Mohammed Dabbous – Anadolu Agency]

The biggest tournament in football will begin on Sunday as host, Qatar, will play the opening match against Ecuador, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The opener of the 29-day tournament will start at 1600 GMT at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium in the city of Al Khor, 35 kilometres (21.7 miles) north of Doha.

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Ecuador’s national team has played three FIFA tournaments, but Qatar is making its debut because the host country qualifies automatically.

While Ecuador will be expecting goals from their scorers, Enner Valencia, Moises Caicedo and Pervis Estupinan, Al-Sadd winger, Akram Afif, and Al-Duhail forward, Almoez Ali, will be Qatar’s trump cards in the World Cup.

Qatar is placed in Group A with Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands.

The event will conclude with the final match at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium on 18 December.

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