"Μatch of the Day- 20 November"
By cy.Reporter, 20 November, 2022
Qatar – Ecuador first group, (Al-Bayt Stadium, Al Khor), 18:00, RICH
The World Cup photo…has arrived. Qatar host Ecuador in their World Cup opener with both teams looking to win to take a major step towards qualifying for the knockout stages.
Qatar participates for the first time in its history in the final phase of the World Cup and this happens as it is the country that will host the final phase of the institution. Qatar team the outsider of the group, the coach of the Qatar national team is the Spanish coach Felix Sanchez since 2017. It is difficult to have a clear picture of the situation the team is in, since from the beginning of 2022 they only give friendly matches. Qatar prepared for more than a month in Spain and faced four friendlies against Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Albania and won all four. For starters, the goal is the first point and if victory comes, it will be the ideal start.
He wants to start with a win
The match against Qatar is an opportunity for victory and an ideal start. Ecuador will want to take advantage of Qatar's inexperience and walk away with the three points, as they are theoretically the easiest of the three opponents in the group. Ecuador are unbeaten in their friendlies in recent months, as they are a team that prefers to defend first and then attack. In terms of competition, the team's coach Gustavo Alfaro does not face any problem, as all the players in the squad are available.
In their last five friendlies, Qatar have four wins and one draw.
There have been fewer than 2.5 goals scored in three of Qatar's five games.
There have been no goals scored in four of Ecuador's last five games.
In the last five games of Ecuador counts one win and four draws.
Sanchez: "They come with expectations"
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez spoke about the match against Ecuador: "It is a team that has a great job in the South American zone, for me the most difficult to qualify for the World Cup. you have a very young team. work a lot. They come with the expectation of going far. It is not his first World Cup. Maybe we give them the role of favorites. That's how it is on paper."
QATAR: 5-3-2: Al Sheb-Al Amin, Al Hassan, Al Rawi, Bualim, Pedro Miguel- Boudiaf, Hatim, Al Haytos- Ali, Afif
ECUADOR: 4-4-2: Domínguez-Estupinán, Inchanpi, Torres, Castillo-Ibarra, Grueto, Caicedo, Plata-Estrada, Valencia.