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Ecuador edged ahead of host team Qatar by winning the first game of the 2022 World Cup and a very promising position in Group A.


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This is the first time in World Cup history that a host country has lost its first game and Qatar has lost everything as a 12-year wait to welcome the world seemed to see their players become the best as the team froze.

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After VAR ruled out an early goal due to a marginal and somewhat odd offside, Enner Valencia converted a penalty and headed the ball in the first half, giving Ecuador a team lead.

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At the same time, the captain of Ecuador became the top scorer of the World Cup in history.

La Tri never looked under pressure, although Qatar had a big chance late in the first half, but Almoes Ali landed a header from six yards.

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The victory gives Ecuador three points on the board as they face the Netherlands on Friday in Group A. Qatar has everything to face defending African champions Senegal (minus Sadio Mane) on the same day.

The Persian Gulf is clearly visible in the classroom as Valencia provides a clinical advantage

Everything about it was one-sided. Qatar was nervous from the very beginning, and Ecuador seized on this indecision and was absolutely ruthless. Ecuador kept things very simple, made crosses into the box and came to life when he recovered the ball and showed real quality in his passes and passes.

Enner Valencia, 33, has been an incredible player for Fenerbahçe this season, scoring 13 goals in 12 matches to top the Turkish top-flight scorers table. He secured the lead in the final third and the entire Ecuador team is set to counter and try to find Valencia early on. They will hope that the knee injury he suffered in the first half and tried to escape is not too serious as he holds the key to scoring points against Senegal and the Netherlands to try to reach the round of 16. As for Qatar. , they have a huge tough task to get out of the group and it looks like the hosts will be eliminated early.

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End of Valencia: His two goals and a great game at the top played a decisive role. He is the mascot of Ecuador and the team is ready to find him on the counter.

Angelo Preciado: Excellent passes for Valencia’s second goal and the right-back was excellent as he pushed forward again and again.

How to watch Qatar vs Ecuador live stream, stream link and start time + opening ceremony!

Kick off: 11:00 AM ET, Sunday
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to keep an eye on

Qatar has been led by Spanish coach Felix Sanchez since 2017 and their entire team plays in the domestic league. They are a close-knit group and five of their World Cup team have played over 100 matches as they prepare for their first ever World Cup appearance. Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haidos has an incredible 169 caps and the Al-Saad star has 36 international goals. Almoez Ali and Akram Afif are also dangerous at the top, while Abdulaziz Hatem is a midfield star.

For Ecuador, the above young band is extremely talented, but Enner Valencia is the main man of La Tri. He scored 35 goals in 74 matches and is having a sensational season with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, scoring 13 goals in 12 league matches. Getting out of South America World Cup qualification is a huge achievement and Ecuador should not be underestimated. Young forward Gonzalo Plata is also a player to watch. They reached the round of 16 of the 2006 World Cup and have qualified for four of the last six tournaments.

Qatar Quick Facts

Current FIFA World Ranking: 50
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 0
How they qualified: As hosts.
Coach: Felix Sanchez
Key Players: Abdelkarim Hassan, Almoez Ali, Hassan Al Haidos.

Quick facts about Ecuador

Current FIFA World Ranking: 44
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 3
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from CONMEBOL (4th)
Coach: Gustavo Alfaro
Key Players: Enner Valencia, Moises Caicedo, Purvis Estupinan.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup schedule is already booked and there is so much more to come ahead of the Qatar tournament in November and December as it officially kicks off!

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From USMNT vs England the day after Thanksgiving to Mexico and Argentina battling it out in the group stages, Spain vs Germany and Belgium vs Canada, there are many intriguing games in the first round.

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Then we are waiting for the 1/8 finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. Bring. It. On the.

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Below is the full schedule, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need.

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World Cup 2022: schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage start time: 5:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo, Universe, peacock
  • Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)

Follow along with ProSoccerTalk for the latest news, scores, storylines and updates related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and be sure to subscribe to NBC Sports on YouTube!

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

Group A Schedule (All kickoff times ET)

Recap/Highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Monday, November 21: Senegal – Netherlands – Al Tumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5:00.
Friday, November 25: Qatar – Senegal – Al-Tumama Stadium, Al-Khor – 8:00.
Friday, November 25: Netherlands – Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 11:00.
Tuesday, November 29: Netherlands – Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 10:00.
Tuesday, November 29: Ecuador – Senegal – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10:00.

Group B Schedule

Monday, November 21: England – Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8:00.
Monday 21 November: USA – Wales -…


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