Qatar vs. Ecuador live score: 2022 FIFA World Cup opening game updates as hosts take center stage - CBS Sports

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The tournament officially gets underway on Sunday, but not before the opening ceremony

The 2022 FIFA World Cup officially begins on Sunday with the opening ceremony and the first match, with host Qatar taking on Ecuador in Group A. The ceremony gets underway at 10 a.m. ET, and the match is set to begin an hour later at 11 a.m. ET. We have your picks here. There is just one game on the slate for Sunday with three more set for Monday, including the United States battling Wales.

Ecuador are widely viewed as the more talented team compared to Qatar, but the hosts are the reigning champions of Asia and have the home crowd behind them in their first participation in history of the tournament. 

We will be with you the entire way providing updates, analysis and highlights below.

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Goal ruled out! Offside!

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Goal Ecuador!!!! 1-0!!! Enner Valencia!!!!

It's a goal for the visitors. Poor from the goalkeeper, and the ball ends up right on Valencia's head in front of goal, and he scores easily! A roaring start for the South Americans!

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Underway!

Here we go!

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About 15 mins to go

The World Cup is almost here! The ceremony is over and the match is about to begin! Ecuador are the favorites, but don't discount Qatar. They have some places. I think it is going to be an electric one!

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Qatar XI

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How to watch and odds

Date: Sunday, Nov. 20 | Time: 11 a.m. ETLocation: Al Bayt Stadium -- Al-Khor, QatarTV: Fox and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)Odds: Qatar +230; Draw +225; Ecuador +123 (via Caesars Sportsbook) 

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30-minute warning

Half an hour to go until the opening match of the tournament begins! It feels a little strange having a World Cup in the middle of November, but here we are! It's surely going to be a unique tournament with a ton of excitement, and what a moment this will be for Qatar! 

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Ecuador's XI

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Morgan Freeman makes an appearance

The famous American actor has made an appearance during the opening ceremony. Some may remember he was part of the USA's bid to host this World Cup before losing out to Qatar.

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Ecuador storylines

This team finished in fourth in qualifying and held their own, holding onto the spot despite not winning any of their last four games. That shows you just the hot start that they had to qualifying. They can grind out results in arguably the most competitive region in qualifying in the world. They have speed, they have strength, and while they may lack discipline, they have more than enough to get out of the group. 

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Qatar storylines

There is so much momentum and hype around this team in their first participation, and it's important to note that they have played meaningful games. They participated in the 2019 Copa America, they were semifinalists at the 2021 Gold Cup, and they have a manager in Felix Sanchez who is impressive. The 46-year-old manager was a Barcelona youth coach and wants his team to have the ball, pass quick and move even quicker. Don't be surprised by Qatar, because they can play.

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Declines and other performance rumors

According to reports, Shakira who has been a staple in past World Cups was set to perform but has decided to not take part in the opening ceremony. Her song Waka Waka has a place in our memories from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Dua Lipa was also rumored to be involved but she released a statement on Instagram.

"There is currently a lot of speculation that I will be performing at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I will not be performing and nor have I been involved in any negotiation to perform," Dua Lipa said on performing. "I will be cheering England on from afar and I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup."

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How to watch opening ceremony

Date: Sunday, Nov. 20 | Time: 9:30 a.m. ETLocation: Al Bayt Stadium -- Al Khor, QatarTV: FS1  | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)

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What an exciting day!

The World Cup is finally here, and what a unique one this will be, especially for those of us in the United States. All the USMNT games will be at 2 p.m. ET, starting with the clash versus Wales on Monday. We even have World Cup action on Thanksgiving, and then England vs. USMNT on Friday in what is going to be an incredible tournament. A reminder that the 5 a.m. ET games start on Tuesday with Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia.

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How to watch and odds

Date: Sunday, Nov. 20 | Time: 11 a.m. ETLocation: Al Bayt Stadium -- Al-Khor, QatarTV: Fox and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)Odds: Qatar +230; Draw +225; Ecuador +123 (via Caesars Sportsbook) 

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Expect a big fireworks show

Here a sneak peek on what to expect from the opening ceremony fireworks:

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Welcome! 

Welcome in to the CBS Sports live blog of the 2022 FIFA World Cup! It's the opener at 11 a.m. ET as hosts Qatar take on Ecuador. Both teams figure to battle for second place with Senegal in Group A as the Netherlands are the clear favorites to win the group. But let's remember that Qatar are the reigning champs of Asia, while Ecuador pulled off a a sensational qualifying campaign in South America to make it to the cup.

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