The opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been brought forward a day and will take place on November 20, sources close to the tournament told AFP on Wednesday.

FIFA and the Qatari organizers have accepted this change, said the same sources.

They explained that the official inaugural match between the host country, Qatar, and Ecuador, initially scheduled for November 21 after a Senegal-Netherlands, would not then have been the first meeting of the tournament.

However, since the 2006 World Cup in Germany, it is customary for the organizing country to have the honor of opening the ball.


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