Previous Qatar vs Ecuador: the party begins

The wait is over. The Qatar 2022 World Cup is finally about to begin and, as is the custom since Germany 2006, the host country will be in charge of starting hostilities as the head of Group A. On this occasion, the Qataris will face off against Ecuador that will experience for the first time an inaugural game of the World Cup These two teams arrive at the field of the Municipality of Jor with the illusion of winning a victory that increases their chances of qualifying for the round of 16.

The locals want to show that they prepared well for their World Cup

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Although Qatar did not have the need to play the Asian qualifiers because it was the host country, it comes to this match with the great experience that it gained from having played friendly matches within Group A of the European qualifiers thanks to special permission from UEFA.

This warm-up gave the Qataris the opportunity to measure themselves against World Cup teams of the stature of Portugal and Serbia, and even allowed them to achieve very important results in terms of spirit, such as the wins against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, or the draw against Ireland.

The Middle Eastern team also arrives at this tournament with the credentials of being the current champion of the Asian Nations Cup, held in the United Arab Emirates at the beginning of 2019, where they left other World Cup teams such as Korea south and Saudi Arabia, in addition to defeating the great favorite, Japan, in the final with a score of 3 goals against 1.

To leave the controversy behind and confirm that they have the merits to be in Qatar

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For its part, Ecuador comes to this tournament after having signed its third best performance in the South American qualifiers with 26 points, only behind Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006, where it added 31 and 28 points, respectively.

However, La Tri’s World Cup classification was involved in controversy once the tie was over, as the Chilean Football Federation filed a complaint with FIFA for an alleged improper alignment of the right-back Byrón Castillo, arguing that his true nationality was Colombian, but the highest world football body ruled in favor of Ecuador, ratifying its place in Qatar 2022.

In the last edition of the America Cupheld in Brazil in 2021, the Ecuadorian team was unable to endorse its good progress in the South American qualifiers and had a bad tournament by not achieving a single win, which earned it the third to last place in the general classification, only above from Venezuela and Bolivia.

players to watch

Qatar | Almoez Ali He is, without a doubt, the great figure of the hosts and in whom the local fans put their greatest hopes to score the goals that allow their team to compete face to face with the other members of their group. The 26-year-old striker from Al-Duhail has just risen as the top scorer in the 2019 Asian Nations Cup with 9 goals and also holds the curious record of being the only player to score in three different continental tournaments, because in addition to the 2019 Asian Cup, he also scored in the America Cup 2019 and in the gold Cup of CONCACAF 2021.

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Ecuador | moises caicedo He arrives at this World Cup tournament as the great orchestrator of the Ecuadorian team and, despite his young age, a large part of the illusions of this South American team will surely fall on him. The 21-year-old midfielder from Brighton in England comes from being the top assister in the South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022, so it is expected that in this World Cup tournament he will be the one to take the reins of the Ecuadorian midfield and supply the forwards with balls from La Tri.

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Photo: FIFA.com

Background in world

This will be just Qatar’s first participation in a FIFA World Cup, so there is no precedent for this team in previous editions.

For its part, this will be Ecuador’s fourth participation in the FIFA World Cup. The three previous editions in which the Ecuadorian team participated were Korea-Japan 2002, Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014. Their best participation was in 2006, where they reached the round of 16 after defeating Poland in the first phase and Costa Rica and lose to the host Germany. In the round of 16, those led by Luis Fernando Suárez would be defeated 1-0 by England with a solitary score by David Beckham.

Edition

Phase

Result

Brazil 2014

groups

Ecuador 0 – 0 France

Brazil 2014

groups

Honduras 1 – 2 Ecuador

Brazil 2014

groups

Switzerland 2 – 1 Ecuador

Germany 2006

Round of 16

England 1 – 0 Ecuador

Germany 2006

groups

Ecuador 0 – 3 Germany

Germany 2006

groups

Ecuador 3 – 0 Costa Rica

Germany 2006

groups

Poland 0 – 2 Ecuador

Korea-Japan 2002

groups

Ecuador 1 – 0 Croatia

Korea-Japan 2002

groups

Mexico 2 – 1 Ecuador

Korea-Japan 2002

groups

Italy 2 – 0 Ecuador

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