One day separates the fans of the round witch around the world from the launch of the most prominent event in football, when the 2022 World Cup competitions open in Qatar with the Qatari national team’s match against its Ecuadorian counterpart at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
The 2022 World Cup opens with a historic confrontation, as it is the first participation of the Qatari team in the World Cup finals, and it qualified as the representative of the host country, while Ecuador returns to the World Cup after an absence of eight years.
The confrontation with Ecuador will likely play an important role in shaping the features of the Qatari national team’s career in the tournament, especially in light of the difficulty of Group A, which also includes Senegal and the Netherlands.
The Qatari team may also derive enthusiasm from the fact that it did not deposit any team, whose country hosted the World Cup, from the group stage, with the exception of South Africa in the 2010 edition.
As for the Ecuadorian national team, it qualified for the finals after finishing fourth in the South American qualifiers.
It will be his fourth participation in the World Cup, noting that his last participation was in the 2014 edition in Brazil, while he achieved his best result in the 2006 edition in Germany when he reached the round of sixteen.
As part of its final preparations for the World Cup, the Qatari national team achieved four victories in its recent friendly matches in October and November, as it defeated Guatemala 2-0, Honduras 1-0, Panama 2-1 and Albania 1-0.
As for the Ecuador national team, it tied negatively with Saudi Arabia, Japan and Iraq in its last three friendly matches.