Qatar vs Ecuador: Opening Ceremony & Kick-Off Time, TV Channels, Free Stream, Team News for First Match of 2022 World Cup

World Cup hosts Qatar will face their first opponent Ecuador tomorrow in the tournament decider.

The Middle Eastern side take on the South Americans as they seek an early foothold in a group containing Senegal and the Netherlands.

Almoez Ali (right) will be key to any potential success for Qatar

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Almoez Ali (right) will be key to any potential success for Qatarcredit: Getty
2021 Europa League winner Parvis Estupinen (left) will be looking to star for Ecuador

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2021 Europa League winner Parvis Estupinen (left) will be looking to star for Ecuador

Qatar have never qualified for the World Cup before but are the defending Asian champions so will be hoping for a good fight in front of their fans.

Opponents Ecuador have qualified for the last three World Cups, their best previous finish coming in 2006 when they reached the last 16 before losing with a David Beckham free kick against England.

And they impressed in qualifying for the tournament, making it to Qatar with one game to spare and finishing in fourth place.

However, he had to sweat his place in the tournament after lodging a complaint about fielding an ineligible player, but was ultimately reprimanded by FIFA.

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What time does Qatar vs Ecuador start?

  • Qatar will take on Ecuador on Sunday, 20 November.
  • The match will start at 7 pm UK time.
  • It will be held at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.
  • The sides last met in 2018, when Qatar won 4-3 in a friendly in Doha.

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What TV channel is Qatar vs Ecuador on and can I live stream it?

  • Qatar vs Ecuador is live on BBC.
  • To stream the game live, visit BBC iPlayer.

Can I watch Qatar vs Ecuador for free?

Yes. Free to all UK viewers with a BBC TV licence.

When is the opening ceremony?

The World Cup opening ceremony will begin at 3pm GMT, an hour before the start of the match.

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