The 2022 FIFA World Cup finally has arrived.
Group play kicks off Sunday when host nation Qatar matches up with Ecuador. Not only is it Qatar’s first game of the tournament, but it’s also The Maroon’s first-ever World Cup contest.
This marks Ecuador’s fourth go-around in the World Cup and first appearance since the 2014 tournament.
Here’s how to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup opener online and on TV:
When: Sunday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET
World Cup 2022 will be a tournament like no other, so it’s fitting that it kicks off with Qatar vs Ecuador, a fixture that’s never been played on this stage before. There’s no getting away from the reason why. Qatar is hosting the World Cup having never qualified for the competition.
However, Felix Sanchez has turned a nation with no prior football culture into the Asian champions, and they’ve spent the last 12 years preparing for today’s game. It’s a warm and sticky evening in Al Khor, and here’s how to watch a Qatar vs Ecuador live stream in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup.
The team news is in, and Qatar line up in a 3-4-3, with star man Homan Ahmed looking like he’ll be pushed up high on the left, and Ro-Ro set to play a similarly offensive role on the right flank. Skipper Hassan Al-Haydos is alongside dangermen Akram Afif and Almoez Ali up front.
It’s 4-4-2 for Ecuador, who start with Hernan Galindez in goal instead of Alexander Dominguez. Carlos Gruezo is only fit enough for the bench after picking up a muscle injury last weekend, but Romario Ibarra will play through the pain of a recently dislocated finger. He starts on the left, and will be looking to feed Enner Valencia and Michael Estrada at every opportunity.