FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony: With the opening ceremony kicked off on 20 November at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor in Qatar, the tournament opener between hosts Qatar and Ecuador resulted in Ecuador beating Qatar by 2 goals. Ecuador captain Enner Valencia scored two goals against Qatar.
The opening ceremony witnessed the performances of J Balvin, Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, Nora Fatehi, Black Eyed Peas, Jungkook of BTS, Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares.
Ecuador take points in first game at FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
Ecuador defeats Qatar 2-0 in tournament opener
Ecuador defeats Qatar 2-0 in tournament opener. Despite 5 minutes added as stoppage time Qatar could not score a goal. Enner Valencia’s penalty kick and header (16′, 31′) give Ecuador a 2-0 lead in the first half.
YELLOW Card for Qatar's Akram Afif, Qatar 0-2 Ecuador
YELLOW Card for Qatar's Akram Afif! Afif is booked for a nasty challenge on Gonzalo Plata. Meanwhile, Ecuador's captain Enner Valencia is down on the pitch again, Jose Cifuentas replaced Enner Valencia. Qatar 0-2 Ecuador.
YELLOW CARD for Ecuador's Jhegson Méndez!
Ecuador's Jhegson Méndez gets booked for a nasty challenge on Qatar Akram Afif. Qatar 0-2 Ecuador
Match resumes post first half, Qatar 0-2 Ecuador
In the first half of the opening match, Ecuador captain Enner Valencia scored two goals against Qatar. They are now 2-0 ahead against Qatar. Match has resumed post half-time break.
Ecuador take a two-goal lead into the break
Ecuador's Valencia scores again, Qatar 0-2 Ecuador
Ecuador's Valencia is having a dream start as he scores his second goal against Qatar. Qatar 0-2 Ecuador.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia penalty kick puts 1-0 Up vs Qatar
Tasked with the almighty spot kick, Ecuador's Enner Valencia does it with style and scored a goal against Qatar. With this, Valencia becomes the all-time highest goal scorer for Ecuador in World Cups.
Watch: BTS star Jung Kook delivers at opening ceremony
Equador Vs Qatar to face each other from 9:30 pm onwards.
In the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022, both Equador and Qatar will face each other at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor in Qatar from 9:30 pm IST.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Live : Football unites nations, says Morgan
BTS star Jung Kook arrives, performs at opening ceremony
Ex-French player Marcel Desailly with the FIFA World Cup trophy ahead of the first match
FIFA World Cup 2022: A magical opening by Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman's wonderful monologue is exactly what the biggest football tournament required
Holy Quran to be recited before opening ceremony
During the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, the Holy Quran will be recited by Ghanem Al-Muftah.
FIFA earn record revenues for the 2022 tournament
In the four years of commercial deals about the 2022 World Cup, FIFA has earned revenues of $7.5 billion which is $1 billion more than the income of the previous cycle tied to Russia 2018.
Qatar expected to host 1.2 million fans
Around 1.2 million football fans are expected to attend the FIFA World Cup 2022. For a small country like Qatar, it is a matter of honour to host such a massive tournament
Injured Lukaku likely to miss Belgium’s opening two games
Belgium’s record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku trained apart from the squad on Sunday as uncertainty over his fitness continued to cast a shadow over the team's World Cup campaign.
Throngs of fans were already arriving in Qatar but the main rush will be later this week. A fan from Holland, clad in orange, told Reuters there was a a feeling of "constant pressure around you not to say the wrong thing or make the wrong move". "It's not a fun atmosphere to have at a World Cup."
Argentina fan Julio Cesar though said he expected a great atmosphere. "We'll drink before the match," he added, after alcohol sales at stadiums were banned.
Saudi Arabia's crown prince among political leaders at the opening ceremony
In a show of Arab solidarity, Saudi Arabia's crown prince and the presidents of Egypt and Algeria will be among political leaders at the opening ceremony in a tent-shaped stadium at 5:40 p.m. (1440 GMT), before the first match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador. The U.N. Secretary-General will also be there.
Jung Kook confirms his presence
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