Players from Qatar and Ecuador;  selections will open tournament tomorrow.  (Photo: Twitter/InsideQatarOFFL and LaTri)
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The main soccer tournament in the world starts this Sunday; Brazil plays on Thursday

Players from Qatar and Ecuador; selections will open tournament tomorrow. (Photo: Twitter/InsideQatarOFFL and LaTri)

Qatar and Ecuador will play, this Sunday (20), at 12h (from MS), the opening game of the 22nd edition of the World Cup. The match will be at Al Bayt Stadium, in Al Khor, valid for Group A.

The only newcomer to this Cup, Qatar intends not to be the second host to fall in the group stage. The first was South Africa, in 2010. The Netherlands and Senegal are favorites for places in the group.

Back at the World Cup after being absent in the Russian edition, in 2018, Ecuador will play an opening game for the first time. After being fourth in the South American qualifiers, the Ecuadorians need to beat the theoretically weakest team in the group to have a chance of qualifying.

The game will be broadcast live on the open channel of Rede Globo, in addition to Sportv.

Spanish coach Félix Sánchez is betting on the Qatari teamwork. That’s because half of the 26 players are playing for the same club, Al-Sadd. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are the only teams that have all their players playing in their own country.

Probable team is Al-Sheeb; Al-Rawi, Salman and Abdelkarim Hassan; Pedro Miguel, Hatim, Boudiaf and Homan Ahmed; Almoez Ali, Akram Afif and Al-Haydos.

The Ecuadorians should send Alexander Domínguez (Hernán Galíndez) to the field; Angelo Preciado, Felix Torres, Piero Hincapié and Pervis Estupiñán; Carlos Gruezo, Cifuentes and Moisés Caicedo; Gonzalo Plata and Romario Ibarra; Enner Valencia.

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