Ecuador will start its World Cup campaign against an Asian team (Qatar) for the first time, starting the FIFA World Cup on November 20.
This will be Ecuador’s fourth FIFA World Cup appearance in its history, with its last appearance coming in 2014. Gustavo Alvaro’s team qualified for the tournament after finishing fourth in the CONMEBOL qualifying tournament.
It is a tricky group for Ecuador in the FIFA World Cup 2022 because it has not faced any of the teams in its group in its World Cup history. The nation enjoyed its best run in the 2006 edition when it reached the Round of 16 and finished as the runner-up of the group behind Germany.
Ecuador will start its World Cup campaign against an Asian team (Qatar) for the first time after beginning its previous three World Cup with matches against European teams [2002 vs Italy (L 2-0), 2006 vs Poland (W 2-0) and 2014 vs Switzerland (L 2-1)].
Group A — Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
The first match of the 2022 World Cup will be played by this group with host Qatar taking on Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium.
The group has three-time World Cup finalist, Netherlands, and the winner of the African Cup of Nations 2021, Senegal, in which Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk will go up against each other.
Group B — England, IR Iran, USA, Wales
The runner-up of EURO 2020, England, is drawn against the United States of America, Iran and will face Wales in the group stage.
Harry Kane, the joint second-highest goalscorer for England ever (49 goals), will look to surpass Wayne Rooney (53 goals) and win a major international trophy with the Three Lions in Qatar.
Group C — Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Argentina and Poland will have the battle of the forwards when they lock horns in the group stage with Lewandowski and Messi, both in action. The two sides have met twice in the World Cup before and the latest meeting happened in 1978 — the year Argentina won its maiden title.
Group D — France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
The 2018 World Cup Champion, France, has been drawn in a relatively easy group, with Denmark, Tunisia, Australia and meets the Danes in their group for the second successive edition.
Group E — Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
A group that has five World Cup titles between them, Spain and Germany, will be pitted against each other in a replay of the 2010 World Cup semifinal in the group stage itself.
Costa Rica join the group alongside Japan — a country that pushed Belgium to the brink of knockout in Russia four years ago.
Group F — Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
FIFA World Cup’s Group F has two European heavyweights Belgium and Croatia, while Canada remains a dark horse in this group.
Luka Modric will be in action against his club teammate Thibaut Courtois, while Canada will look to go beyond the group stage to better its history in the tournament.
Group G — Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Three of the four countries in this group, Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia, were together in the previous edition of the tournament as well.
Brazil lost the Copa America last year to Argentina and will look to win an international trophy sooner than later with Neymar leading the attack.
Group H — Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez will all be in action with Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana and Republic of Korea drawn together in the same group.
Multiple rivalries will be repeated here. Uruguay, which eliminated Portugal in Russia 2018 and Ghana in South Africa 2010, will face both early on in the tournament. See More….
|1||November 20||Qatar vs Ecuador||9.30 PM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|2||November 21||England vs Iran||6:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium|
|3||November 21||Senegal vs Netherlands||9:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium|
|4||November 22||USA vs Wales||12:30 AM||Al Rayyan Stadium|
|5||November 23||Argentina vs Saudi Arabia||3:30 PM||Lusail Stadium|
|6||November 22||Denmark vs Tunisia||6:30 PM||Education City Stadium|
|7||November 22||Mexico vs Poland||9:30 PM||Stadium 974|
|8||November 23||France vs Australia||12:30 AM||Al Janoub Stadium|
|9||November 24||Morocco vs Croatia||3:30 PM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|10||November 23||Germany vs Japan||6:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium|
|11||November 23||Spain vs Costa Rica||9.30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium|
|12||November 24||Belgium vs Canada||12:30 AM||Al Rayyan Stadium|
|13||November 24||Switzerland vs Cameroon||3:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium|
|14||November 24||Uruguay vs South Korea||6.30 PM||Education City Stadium|
|15||November 24||Portugal vs Ghana||9:30 PM||Stadium 974|
|16||November 25||Brazil vs Serbia||12:30 AM||Lusail Stadium|
|17||November 25||Wales vs Iran||3:30 PM||Al Rayyan Stadium|
|18||November 25||Qatar vs Senegal||6:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium|
|19||November 25||Netherlands vs Ecuador||9:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium|
|20||November 26||England vs USA||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|21||November 26||Tunisia vs Australia||3:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium|
|22||November 26||Poland vs Saudi Arabia||6.30 PM||Education City Stadium|
|23||November 26||France vs Denmark||9:30 PM||Stadium 974|
|24||November 27||Argentina vs Mexico||12:30 AM||Lusail Stadium|
|25||November 27||Japan vs Costa Rica||3:30 PM||Al Rayyan Stadium|
|26||November 27||Belgium vs Morocco||6:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium|
|27||November 27||Croatia vs Canada||9:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium|
|28||November 28||Spain vs Germany||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|29||November 28||Cameroon vs Serbia||3.30 pm||Al Janoub Stadium|
|30||November 28||South Korea vs Ghana||6:30 PM||Education City Stadium|
|31||November 28||Brazil vs Switzerland||6:30 PM||Stadium 974|
|32||November 29||Portugal vs Uruguay||12:30 AM||Lusail Stadium|
|33||November 29||Ecuador vs Senegal||8:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium|
|34||November 29||Netherlands vs Qatar||8.30 PM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|35||November 30||Iran vs USA||12:30 AM||Al Thumama Stadium|
|36||November 30||Wales vs England||12:30 AM||Al Rayyan Stadium|
|37||November 30||Australia vs Denmark||8:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium|
|38||November 30||Tunisia vs France||8:30 PM||Education City Stadium|
|39||December 1||Poland vs Argentina||12:30 AM||Stadium 974|
|40||December 1||Saudi Arabia vs Mexico||12:30 AM||Lusail Stadium|
|41||December 1||Canada vs Morocco||8:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium|
|42||December 1||Croatia vs Belgium||8:30 PM||Al Rayyan Stadium|
|43||December 2||Costa Rica vs Germany||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|44||December 2||Japan vs Spain||12:30 AM||Khalifa International Stadium|
|45||December 2||Ghana vs Uruguay||8.30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium|
|46||December 2||South Korea vs Portugal||8.30 PM||Education City Stadium|
|47||December 3||Cameroon vs Brazil||12:30 AM||Lusail Stadium|
|48||December 3||Serbia vs Switzerland||12:30 AM||Stadium 974|
|Round of 16|
|49||December 3||1A vs 2B||8.30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium|
|50||December 4||1C vs 2D||12:30 AM||Al Rayyan Stadium|
|51||December 4||1D vs 2C||8:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium|
|52||December 5||1B vs 2A||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|53||December 5||1E vs 2F||8:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium|
|54||December 6||1G vs 2H||12:30 AM||Stadium 974|
|55||December 6||1F vs 2E||8:30 PM||Education City Stadium|
|56||December 7||1H vs 2G||12:30 AM||Lusail Stadium|
|57||December 9||Winner of Match 53 vs Winner of Match 54||8:30 PM||Education City Stadium|
|58||December 10||Winner of Match 49 vs Winner of Match 50||12:30 AM||Lusail Stadium|
|59||December 10||Winner of Match 55 vs Winner of Match 56||8:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium|
|60||December 11||Winner of Match 52 vs Winner of Match 51||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|61||December 14||Winner of Match 57 vs Winner of Match 58||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium|
|62||December 15||Winner of Match 59 vs Winner of Match 60||12:30 AM||Lusail Stadium|
|Third place match|
|63||December 17||Loser of Match 61 vs Loser of Match 62||8:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium|
|64||December 18||Winner of Match 61 vs Winner of Match 62||8:30 PM||Lusail Stadium|