One-sided World Cup start: Qatar against Ecuador.
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One-sided World Cup start: Qatar against Ecuador. © IMAGO/Javier Garcia/Shutterstock

World Cup hosts Qatar meet Ecuador at the start of the World Cup. Follow the game tonight from 5 p.m. here in the live ticker.

  • World Cup 2022 in Qatar: The hosts and Ecuador face each other in the opening game.
  • Gigantic World Cup stadium: The first game takes place in the al-Bayt stadium in the Qatari coastal city of al-Khour.
  • Follow the game from 5 p.m. here in the live ticker.

Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

Lineup Qatar: Al-Sheeb – Al-Rawi, Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Pedro Correia, Ahmed – Boudiaf, Al-Haydos (71st Mohammed Waad), Abdulaziz Hatem – Almoez Ali (71st Muntari), Afif
Lineup Ecuador: Galindez – On. Preciado, Hincapie, Torres, Estupinan – Mendez, M. Caicedo, Plata, Ro. Ibarra (Sarmiento 68) – E. Valencia (Cifuentes 77), Estrada
Gates: 0: 1 E. Valencia (16th / penalty), 0: 2 E. Valencia (31st)

77 minutes: Substitution at Ecuador: Cifuentes replaces injured double goalscorer Valencia.

71 minutes: Double substitution for Qatar: Muntari for Almoez Ali, Mohammed Waad for Al-Haydos

68 minutes: Substitution at Ecuador: Sarmiento comes on for Ibarra.

65 minutes: As ZDF reported in its live coverage from the World Cup stadium, a number of fans apparently left the arena during the break.

62 minutes: Now a chance for Qatar. A cross becomes a shot on goal. But the ball goes a good meter past the second post.

Robust start to the World Cup: many fouls between Qatar and Ecuador

58 minutes: Things continue to get tough. Some hard fouls on both sides. Qatar no longer comes to mind. So the World Cup quickly settled for the host team.

55 minutes: Good chance for Ecuador. Goalkeeper Al-Sheeb saves Ibarra’s shot from the edge of the box.

54 minutes: Dangerous! Hincapie from Bayer Leverkusen brings a sharp cross in front of the six yard box.

50 minutes: A long cross from the Qatar team goes wide. Not really purposeful. Ecuador takes things a little slower after the change of sides.

47 minutes: No changes on either side, although not much comes together at Qatar. It also continues for the injured double goalscorer Valencia.

46 minutes: It continues in Qatar with the World Cup opener!

No chance to defend: Qatar's goalkeeper Al-Sheeb in Ecuador's opening goal.
No chance to defend: Qatar’s goalkeeper Al-Sheeb in Ecuador’s opening goal. © IMAGO/Danielle Parhizkaran

World Cup hosts completely unhinged: Qatar looks hopeless against Ecuador

45 minutes + 6: Break in al-Khour! The World Cup host goes into the dressing room with a clear deficit.

45 minutes + 5: Huge chance for Qatar! Almoez Ali misses the ball in front of the goal. There was a lot more in there.

45 minutes: Valencia actually returns to the pitch. But he is clearly in pain. Five minutes of stoppage time.

Moment of shock for Ecuador: Valencia must be treated on the field

44 minutes: Bitter! Valencia needs treatment. The double goal scorer apparently twisted his leg in a collision. Supervisors escort him off the field.

40 minutes: Valencia keeps putting pressure on. The massive striker is the best man on the field and the Qatar team can hardly keep him down.

36 minutes: Qatar received the next yellow card. The team of the World Cup hosts only knows how to help themselves with fouls. In terms of football, what the players in dark red offer is simply weak.

World Cup 2022: Ecuador celebrates against Qatar.
World Cup 2022: Ecuador celebrates against Qatar. © IMAGO/Jonas Ekstromer/TT

World Cup host threatens debacle: Ecuador extends the lead at the start

31st minute: Goooooorrrrr!!! Qatar 0-2 Ecuador, scorer: E. Valencia. The South Americans extend their lead. Only one team plays here. After a cross from the right, Valenica heads the ball into the lower left corner. A wonderful header. Is the World Cup host threatened with a debacle?

25 minutes: Nothing has come from Qatar so far. As a reminder, the same team became Asian champions in 2019. The players discuss a lot on the pitch.

20 minutes: Next huge chance for Ecuador. Fine chippball from the baseline over the goalkeeper. Al-Sheeb and Plata rush together, need treatment. That was almost the early 2-0 for the South Americans.

Qatar lead: Valencia give Ecuador the lead in the World Cup opener

16 minutes: Goooooorrrrr!!! Qatar 0-1 Ecuador, scorer: E. Valencia (penalty). The striker converts safely in the bottom right. No chance for the goalie to defend himself.

15 minutes: Penalty for Ecuador! Goalkeeper Al-Sheeb beats Valencia in a one-on-one. Clear thing

13 minutes: Corner kick for Ecuador. The ball comes into the six-yard box, where goalie Al-Sheeb punches the ball away. He doesn’t look the safest.

10 minutes: Ecuador clearly dominates the game and puts a lot of pressure on the Qatar team’s sixteen.

Euphoric: The fans of Ecuador in the al-Bayt stadium in al-Khour.
Euphoric: The fans of Ecuador in the al-Bayt stadium in al-Khour. © IMAGO/Kieran McManus/Shutterstock

Goal doesn’t count: Ecuador’s goal against Qatar disallowed for offside

5 minutes: The goal does not count! Surprised! Apparently, an Ecuador player was offside during the first pass to the penalty area. According to TV pictures, he actually did, albeit minimally.

3rd minute: Goooooorrrrr!!! Qatar 0-1 Ecuador, scorer: E. Valencia. Or not? The hit is checked. The Qatar goalkeeper doesn’t look good at all in this scene, walking disoriented through his penalty area. Torres’ preliminary work with a side kick is spectacular.

3 minutes: Both teams start with a lot of speed and try long balls to their massive center forwards.

1st minute: It starts with the World Cup opener in Qatar!

Update from November 20, 4:55 p.m.: The opening ceremony lasted more than half an hour. Among those present was the US actor Morgan Freeman, who hosted the event. It was a gigantic light show with several fireworks interludes. But now we are concentrating on football.

Impressive: The al-Bayt Stadium in the Qatari coastal town of al-Khour at the World Cup opening ceremony.
Impressive: The al-Bayt Stadium in the Qatari coastal town of al-Khour at the World Cup opening ceremony. © IMAGO/Jose Mendez

Update from November 20, 4:50 p.m.: Ecuador is known for high pressing and emotional football. The South Americans have brought a lot of fans with them, who create a great atmosphere in the stadium.

Update from November 20, 4:45 p.m.: The countdown is running! The 2022 World Cup will begin in a few moments. Qatar meets Ecuador – the wait is over!

Qatar – Ecuador in the live ticker: a lot of discussion material before the 2022 World Cup

First report from November 20, 3:15 p.m.: Munich/al-Khour – Tonight, after much discussion in the run-up, the kick-off is on: The World Cup 2022 kicks off with hosts Qatar’s opening game against Ecuador. The game is an indication of the chances of the hosts and Asian champions in the Tournament in your own country (November 20th to December 18th) Has.

The game is played in al-Bayt Stadium in the Qatari coastal city of al-Khour. The arena, which was specially built for the soccer World Cup, offers space for 60,000 spectators. At Qatar, the focus is on striker Almoez Ali Abdulla, who was born in Sudan in 1996 but now also has Qatari citizenship.

World Cup 2022 in Qatar: Hosts and Ecuador face each other in the opening game

Between the summer of 2015 and January 2016, the 26-year-old attacker played for Linzer ASK in the Austrian Bundesliga for six months. He is currently under contract with Al-Duhail SC Doha, like most players in the Qatar national team.

At the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Almoez Abdulla was top scorer with nine goals and named player of the competition.

In the video: World Cup 2022 in Qatar – Uli Hoeneß wants to end the discussion

At Ecuador are from the Soccer Bundesliga Carlos Gruezo from FC Augsburg and Piero Hincapie from Bayer Leverkusen. 33-year-old striker Enner Valencia (ex-Everton and West Ham) now earns his living in Turkey with Fenerbahce Istanbul. At the Copa América 2021, the South American championship, the team was eliminated after a mixed preliminary round with three draws and a defeat in Brazil in the quarter-finals 0: 3 against eventual winners Argentina.

What’s in today? How is World Cup host Qatar doing? Follow the World Cup opening game this Sunday evening from 5 p.m. here in the live ticker. (pm)

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