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Qatar eye home advantage as they take on Ecuador in FIFA World Cup opener

Qatar eye home advantage as they take on Ecuador in FIFA World Cup opener

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The location of the game seems meaningful because Al Bayt is an Arabic term that means "home" in English.

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may give the world's 44th-ranked South American team the home-field advantage over the Asian champs.

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At approximately 50 kilometers north of Doha, the stadium's inauguration ceremony will get underway at 5.40 p.m. Doha time (8.10 pm Indian time).

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At seven o'clock, Qatar and Ecuador will play (9.30 PM IST).

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"Everything we have accomplished over the past three years has made us a highly competitive team in the World Cup.

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Before training at the Aspire Academy in Doha, the Qataris spent 40 days in preparation in Spain.

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A football official from Qatar said, "The team is completely equipped for the significant challenge.

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Which gives reason for hope in Al Anabi's ability to establish a noticeable presence and produce a favorable outcome."

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At a press conference in Doha on the eve of the World Cup's start, FIFA President Gianni Infantino nearly lost his cool over criticism of the tournament in Qatar.