WORLD CUP hosts Qatar face their first opponents Ecuador in the tournament’s curtain-raiser TODAY.
The Middle Eastern side take on the South Americans as they look to gain an early foothold in Group A, which also contains Senegal and the Netherlands.
The Qataris have never qualified for a World Cup before, but are the current Asian champions so will expect to put up a good fight in front of their own fans.
Opponents Ecuador have qualified for three previous World Cups, with their best previous finish coming in 2006 when they reached the last 16 before being beaten by a David Beckham free kick against England.
And they impressed in qualifying for this tournament, making it to Qatar with a game to spare as they picked up a fourth placed finish.
However, they were made to sweat on their place at the tournament after a complaint was filed about them fielding an ineligible player, but ultimately rebuffed by Fifa.
What time does Qatar vs Ecuador kick off?
- Qatar take on Ecuador TODAY, November 20.
- The match kicks off at 4pm UK time.
- It will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.
- The sides last met in 2018, when Qatar won 4-3 in a friendly in Doha.
- Fifa have announced Italian Daniele Orsato will be the referee in charge.
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, head to the BBC iPlayer.
Can I watch Qatar vs Ecuador for free?
Yes. BBC is free for all UK viewers with a TV licence.
When is the opening ceremony?
The World Cup opening ceremony will get underway from 3pm GMT, an hour before the match kicks off.
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