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The Opening Matches of the 2022 World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar kicks off on Sunday, November 20, with Qatar taking on Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

Since host nations began kicking off the tournament in 2006, no host has ever lost the first match.

There have been 13 World Cup opening matches in total, with thrillers and memorable moments dominating.

From South Africa’s screamer against Mexico in 2010 to nine-man Cameroon shocking world champions Argentina at Italia ’90.

On Sunday, the 14th, Qatar will kick off the tournament, which will coincidentally be their first appearance at a FIFA World Cup.

Ecuador, on the other hand, will be looking for their seventh World Cup victory after a string of impressive performances, most notably reaching the knockout stages in 2006.

Most opening matches at the FIFA World Cup have had at least two goals scored, and the match that will kick off proceedings in Qatar promises nothing less.

In retrospect, opening matches

1930: France 4 Mexico 1, Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay

1934: Italy 7 USA 1, Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome, Italy

1962: Chile 3 Switzerland 1, Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile

1982: Belgium 1 Argentina 0, Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

1986: Italy 1 Bulgaria 1, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico

1990: Cameroon 1 Argentina 0, San Siro, Milan, Italy

1994: Germany 1 Bolivia 0, Soldier Field, Chicago, USA

1998: Brazil 2 Scotland 1, Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France

2002: Senegal 1 France 0, Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea

2006: Germany 4 Costa Rica 2, FIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich, Germany

2010: South Africa 1 Mexico 1, Soccer City, Johannesburg South Africa

2014: Brazil 3 Croatia 1, Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2018: Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

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