The clash marks the long-awaited debut of the World Cup in Qatar

The long awaited World Cup in Qatar is finally going to happen. After all, the premiere takes place this Sunday (20), at 1 pm (Brasília time) in the match between Qatar and Ecuador. The confrontation marks the opening of the World Cup. Despite being the first game, the match is of paramount importance for both teams if they want to advance to the round of 16.

Qatar, which is the host of the tournament, has prepared a lot to do well in the World Cup. Since, it has been preparing since July for the dispute of the competition. In addition, the local team is largely made up of ‘foreigners’, that is, naturalized players. Finally, it is worth remembering that as the host of the championship, the Qataris will not need to go through qualifiers to qualify.

So, to prepare for the tournament, as there were no qualifiers, the home team played many friendlies against different teams, but the matches were not very exciting. After all, in nine games played in 2022, they won two, drew four and lost three. Incidentally, it is worth remembering that many matches were against the reserve team of other countries or even the Croatia U-23 team, which beat the Qatar national team by 3 x 0.

The Ecuador team enters the tournament to fight Senegal for a place in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar, for that, a victory in the debut is fundamental. In short, the Ecuadorians have a good team, despite not having a great star player, since it is a well-balanced and very close team. No wonder, it beat favorites Colombia and Chile in the South American qualifiers for the World Cup.

In 2022, the Ecuador national team made 10 matches, four still in the World Cup qualifiers and six friendlies. Altogether, the Ecuadorians had seven draws, two wins and only one defeat. In the clashes, the country proved to be very difficult to defeat, in fact, the team faced Brazil and Argentina, two of the favorites to win the tournament and did not lose to either.

 

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