FIFA World Cup Highlights: The countdown to the biggest sporting event will be over shortly as Qatar opens its door for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The first match of the World Cup will be played between host Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Doha. As many as 32 teams will be participating at the event, with France being the defending Champions.
Among the stars who will be seen in action include Lionel Messi (Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Karim Benzema (France), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Neymar (Brazil) Kylian Mbappe (France), among others. The top teams that are participating at the mega event are – Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, France, England, among others.
FIFA World Cup 2022: When will the opening ceremony begin?
The opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 will begin at 7.30 pm IST.
FIFA World Cup 2022: Where will it broadcast?
The opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 can be watched on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV.
FIFA World Cup 2022: Where to live stream?
The opening ceremony will be streamed live on Jio Cinema app and website.
Catch the highlights of the match here:
First time in the 92 years of FIFA World Cup, the host country has lost the opening match as Ecuador defeated Qatar by 0-2.
Ecuador defeat Qatar by 0-2 in the opening match of FIFA World Cup.
Mohammed Muntari shoots on the roof of the net, missing Qatar's chance for 1-2.
Qatar's Mohammed Waad and Mohammed Muntari replace the captain Hassan Alhaydos and Almoez Ali.
Sarmiento replaces Ibarra for Ecuador.
Ecuador's Precaido receives treatment after hurting leg while playing.
Qatar look under pressure in the second half. Ecuador keep the ball in possession. QAT 0-2 ECU.
Qatar miss the opportunity of scoring a goal. Ecuador lead by 2-0 after the end of first half.
Another yellow card comes in for Qatar. Karim shown yellow card for tackling Valencia.
Valencia's header results into 2nd goal of the match. ECU 2 – QAT 0
Ecuador's Caicedo shown yellow card.
Qatar's Almoez Ali shown yellow card for tackling Valencia.
Valencia converts penalty kick into goal.
Ecuador gets the first corner shot of the match. Qatar pushed in deep side.
Finally, the first World Cup in the Middle East began. The opening ceremony kicks off with flashy fireworks and BTS sensation Jung Kook onstage. Click here to see photos from the opening ceremony….
Valencia hits for goal. Off-side declared
The first match of FIFA World Cup has started.
BTS star Jung Kook performs at the FIFA opening ceremony.
Hon’ble Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar & Dr Sudesh Dhankhar welcomed on arrival by Minister of State Sheikh Fahad bin Faisal Al-Thani in Doha.— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) November 20, 2022
The Vice President will attend inaugural of #FIFAWorldCup2022 & hold a series of interactions with the Indian community in Qatar. pic.twitter.com/PM7ltRoYGH
FIFA earned record revenues of USD 7.5 billion in the four years of commercial deals tied to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the governing body of soccer said Sunday. FIFA revealed its earnings to officials from more than 200 of its members. It is $1 billion more than income from the previous commercial cycle linked to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The extra income was buoyed by commercial deals with the World Cup host country. Qatar Energy joined as a top-tier sponsor, and new third-tier sponsors include Qatari bank QNB and telecoms firm Ooredoo.