The 2022 FIFA World Cup has arrived, and host nation Qatar will open the tournament as per tradition. The inaugural match comes against fellow Group A team Ecuador, Qatar vs Ecuador live stream.
Qatar will look to benefit from the “host bump,” which has seen every host nation but one qualify for the knockout stage in modern World Cup history. Only South Africa in 2010 did not qualify, and even then, they performed above expectations, only missing out on goal differential despite victory over France in the final group stage match.
Ecuador, meanwhile, enters the tournament with the summer’s controversy behind them. The South American nation weathered challenges to their World Cup eligibility and will now look to defend their fourth-place finish in CONMEBOL qualification.