The host nation have by no means misplaced their opening match on the FIFA Males’s World Cup – Qatar will look to increase that run as they face Ecuador on the Al Bayt Stadium to boost the curtain on the 2022 match.
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The house workforce has not all the time confronted the official opening recreation of the Males’s World Cup. FIFA introduced again the custom of the host nation enjoying within the first match in 2006 after giving the distinction to the defending champions from 1974-2002.
Germany beat Costa Rica in 2006, South Africa drew towards Mexico in 2010, Brazil beat Croatia in 2014 and Russia beat Saudi Arabia in 2018 .
Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haydos hopes the help of the house followers will assist his workforce to success.
“Our followers play a giant function for us, after we get that constructive feeling we really feel we are able to do our greatest,” Al-Haydos advised FIFA.com.
Qatar shall be making their first match within the World Cup, the one workforce out of the 32 to not have performed within the match earlier than.
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Because the host nation, Qatar didn’t need to qualify for the occasion. They gained in friendlies over Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Albania earlier than their first match. Additionally they drew with Chile and misplaced to Canada in pre-tournament motion.
Qatar and Ecuador have met 3 times earlier than, with every workforce incomes a win and a draw. All three matches have been friendlies.
The World Cup hosts captured the final match, a 4-3 victory on the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha in October 2018.
“Will probably be a tricky recreation, it is a gap recreation towards a really skilled opponent with earlier World Cup appearances,” stated Al Haydos. “It is a World Cup, no we do not anticipate straightforward opponents.
Ecuador will play of their fourth Males’s World Cup, returning to the competitors for the primary time because the 2014 match in Brazil.
The South American nation reached the Spherical of 16 in 2006, their finest ever World Cup consequence. They have been eradicated in a 1-0 defeat to England.
Through the qualifiers they earned attracts towards Brazil and Argentina in addition to a win over Uruguay which helped them earn their place in Qatar.
Ecuador haven’t conceded a objective within the six friendlies they’ve performed since finishing the qualifying match, though they solely managed a objective every in 1-0 victories over the Cape Verde Islands and Nigeria.
Additionally they performed to scoreless attracts with Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Iraq over that interval.
Qatar shall be led by all-time main scorer Almoez Ali, who shall be counted on to steer their assault. He has 42 targets in 85 worldwide video games.
In the meantime, Ecuador will depend on the expertise of Enner Valencia, who’s the captain of the workforce and is the highest scorer with 35 targets.
QATAR POSSIBLE XI: Saad Al-Sheeb, Pedro Miguel, Bassam Al-Rawi, Tarek Salman, Abdelkarim Hassan, Homam Ahmed, Abdelaziz Hatim, Karim Boudiaf, Hassan Al-Haydos, Almoez Ali, Akram Afif.
ECUADOR POSSIBLE XI: Alexander Dominguez, Angelo Preciado, Felix Torres, Piero Hincapie, Pervis Estupinan, Carlos Gruezo, Moises Caicedo, Jose Cifuente, Gonzalo Plata, Enner Valencia, Romario Ibarra.