World Cup 2022: Qatar vs Ecuador Match Preview


The first match of the World Cup 2022 will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as hosts Qatar lock horns with Ecuador in Group A.


Felix Sanchez Bas’s men are competing on the biggest international stage for the first time in their history, while Ecuador make their return to the World Cup finals after 8 years.

So, let’s have a closer look at this match, what to expect from it, who has better chances to win, etc.


World Cup 2022, Group Stage, Group A, Qatar vs Ecuador

20 November, 2022, Al Bayt Stadium


World Cup 2022: Qatar National

Qatar has qualified for the World Cup 2022 as host country. That’s their first appearance in this tournament.


Qatar Squad for the World Cup 2022

Coach: Félix Sánchez Bas

Goalkeepers: Saad Al-Sheeb, Meshaal Barsham, Yousef Hassan

Defenders: Pedro Miguel, Musaab Khidir, Tarek Salman, Bassam Al-Rawi, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Homam Ahmed, Jassem Gaber

Midfielders: Ali Asad, Assim Madabo, Mohammed Waad, Salem Al-Hajri, Moustafa Tarek, Karim Boudiaf, Abdelaziz Hatim, Ismail Mohamad

Forwards: Naif Al-Hadhrami, Ahmed Alaaeldin, Hassan Al-Haydos, Khalid Muneer, Akram Afif, Almoez Ali, Mohamed Muntari


Qatar’s Group A fixtures

20 November: Qatar vs Ecuador

25 November: Qatar vs Senegal

29 November: Qatar vs Netherlands


World Cup 2022: Ecuador National

Ecuador have already played at three World Cup final tournaments in 2002, 2006 and 2014, but only once have they progressed beyond the group stages, being eliminated in the round of 16, 16 years ago.


Ecuador Journey to the World Cup 2022

Ecuador played 18 matches, winning 7 of them, playing 5 draws and losing 6 matches. With 26 points, Ecuador finished the group in 4th place.

Ecuador Squad for the World Cup 2022

Coach: Gustavo Alfaro

Goalkeepers: Moises Ramirez, Alexander Dominguez, Hernan Galindez

Defenders: Robert Arboleda, Piero Hincapie, Angelo Preciado, Jackson Porozo, William Pacho, Xavier Arreaga, Felix Torres, Pervis Estupinan, Diego Palacios

Midfielders: Sebastian Mendez, Jose Cifuentes, Alan Franco, Moises Caicedo, Angel Mena, Jeremy Sarmiento, Ayrton Preciado, Gonzalo Plata, Carlos Gruezo, Romario Ibarra

Forwards: Kevin Rodriguez, Michael Estrada, Djorkaeff Reasco, Enner Valencia

Ecuador’s Group A fixtures

20 November: Ecuador vs Qatar

25 November: Ecuador vs Netherlands

29 November: Ecuador vs Senegal

World Cup 2022 Qatar vs Ecuador: Head to Head

Qatar and Ecuador have met 3 times so far. Qatar won 1 time, 1 time won Ecuador, and teams played 1 draw. All 3 matches were international friendlies, and this World Cup match will be the first official match between these teams.

World Cup 2022 Qatar vs Ecuador: Predictions

Qatar’s performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup: In the last 5 CONCACAF matches, Qatar won 3 against Grenada, Honduras and El Salvador, played 1 draw against Panama, and lost the match against USA.

14-07-21 Qatar 3-3 Panama

18-07-21 Grenada 0-4 Qatar

21-07-21 Honduras 0-2 Qatar

25-07-21 Qatar 3-2 El Salvador

30-07-21 Qatar 0-1 USA

Ecuador’s performance in the Copa America: In the last 5 Copa America matches, Ecuador played 3 draws against Brazil, Venezuela and Peru, and lost 2 matches, against Colombia and Argentina.

14-06-21 Colombia 1-0 Ecuador

20-06-21 Venezuela 2-2 Ecuador

23-06-21 Ecuador 2-2 Peru

27-06-21 Brazil 1-1 Ecuador

04-07-21 Argentina 3-0 Ecuador

Overall, both teams are supposed to play with their main line-ups, with only some players not available for the upcoming match.

In this match, Ecuador are considered the favorites, but Qatar are given a boost as the home side, which may hugely affect the match result. Besides, as hosts Qatar owe their fans an interactive match, and there is no doubt they’ll try their best to start the tournament with positive notes.


What about you? What do you think, how will this match end? Let us know in the comments!