On November 20, the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 pits Qatar against Ecuador in Group A at the Al Bayt Stadium. Ecuador will return to the FIFA World Cup finals after an eight-year absence while Qatar will compete on the largest international platform for the first time in their history.

Event Details

Qatar vs Ecuador TV channel in USA

Date: Sunday, November 20
Time: 11 a.m. ET
English-language TV channel: FS1
Spanish-language TV channel: Telemundo

Stream: Qatar vs Ecuador On-Demand (Free Trial)

Overview

As they get ready to face off in Al Khor, Ecuador and Felix Sanchez Bas’ Qatar are ranked 44th and 50th in the world, respectively. The past four opening FIFA World Cup games have resulted in 17 goals, scoring an average of 4.25 goals per game. Qatar has had success at Al Bayt Stadium, winning each of their last three games there by an aggregate score of 9-0.

Teams
Ecuador

Despite being recognised as an Ecuadorian national by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, defender Byron Castillo was not included in Ecuador’s 26-man World Cup roster. After Chile’s claim that Castillo was ineligible to play during the qualifiers was rejected by CAS earlier this month, Ecuador was permitted to participate in the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Qatar

Qatar, the hosts and the only debutant among the 32 participants – has spent 12 years preparing for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Felix Sanchez Bas led Qatar to its most historic milestone: winning the Asian Cup in 2019. He earlier claimed that trying to take the lead while also trying to compete would be “suicide” for Qatar. According to him, the squad would strive to play a defensively compact game, give up as few opportunities as possible and be powerful in transitions.

Head-to-Head

The three previous meetings between Qatar and Ecuador all took place in the Middle-Eastern nation itself. The Qatar vs Ecuador head-to-head record was evenly split with one win each and one draw. In their previous meeting, which was a friendly in October 2018, Qatar won 4-3.

Key Players

Qatar have some promising players like goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb, forward Hassan Al-Haydos and striker Almoez Ali. Ecuador, on the other hand, have players like Pervis Estupinan (left-back), Moises Caicedo (midfielder) and Enner Valencia (forward).

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