The host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar, will face Ecuador for the opening match of the biggest soccer tournament at the Al Bayt Stadium tonight.
The match, which will be broadcast live on the World Cup Central channel (DStv channel 202 and GOtv channel 31) at 5:00 p.m., will kick off a 64-match tournament in which 32 teams from six continents will participate. of the world.
In the last 21 editions of the tournament, the host countries have managed to avoid defeat. The Qatar Maroons, making their tournament debut, will be under pressure to maintain that record and become part of that elite group.
Led by renowned coach Félix Sánchez, the Maroons hope to make a statement against the most experienced Ecuadorian team participating in the tournament for the fourth time. But Gustavo Álvaro’s men will not be easy to convince, having kept six consecutive clean sheets since defeating Argentina to a 1-1 draw in March.
The other teams in Group A, Senegal and the Netherlands, meet the following day at the Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor. The Netherlands, under the tutelage of veteran coach Louis Van Gaal, is considered one of the tournament favourites.
After failing to qualify for the last edition, the Dutch national team will be eager to remedy that problem in their World Cup history and put past disappointment behind them as they progress on their campaign to possibly lift the coveted trophy for the first time. .
Senegal’s Lions of Teranga, on the other hand, are the reigning African champions and are regarded as the dark horses of the tournament due to their talented team. Their tie with the Dutch will be broadcast live on the World Cup Central channel (DStv channel 202 and GOtv channel 31) at 5:00 p.m.
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