AFTER years of talking, it’s time for the host nation to get their World Cup underway.
Qatar take on Ecuador in the opening match of the tournament as they look to gain an early foothold in a group also containing Senegal and the Netherlands.
The Qataris have never qualified for a World Cup before, but are the current Asian champions so will expect to put up a good fight in front of their own fans.
Opponents Ecuador have qualified for three previous World Cups, with their best previous finish coming in 2006 when they reached the last 16 before being beaten by a David Beckham free kick against England.
And they impressed in qualifying for this tournament, making it to Qatar with a game to spare as they picked up a fourth placed finish.
However, they were made to sweat on their place at the tournament after a complaint was filed about them fielding an ineligible player, but ultimately rebuffed by Fifa.
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What time does Qatar vs Ecuador kick off?
Qatar take on Ecuador on Sunday, November 20.
The match kicks off at 7pm UK time.
It will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.
The sides last met in 2018, when Qatar won 4-3 in a friendly in Doha.
What TV channel is Qatar vs Ecuador on and can I live stream it?
- Qatar vs Ecuador is live on BBC.
- To stream the game live, head to the BBC iPlayer.
Can I watch Qatar vs Ecuador for free?
Yes. BBC is free for all UK viewers with a TV licence.