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World Cup 2022 begins in Qatar(10 images)

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has begun in Qatar, where 32 teams that represent countries from the around the world will compete. This marks the first time the World Cup has been played in the winter and in the Middle East. Qatar, competing in the World Cup for the first time, lost to Ecuador 2-0 in the opening match on November 20, 2022.

Pedro Miguel of Qatar (L) moves the ball as Romario Ibarra of Ecuador defends during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group A match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 20, 2022. Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in the opening match. Photo by Chris Brunskill/UPI
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Enner Valencia of Ecuador scores the opening goal from the penalty spot. Photo by Chris Brunskill/UPI
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Valencia tries to move the ball as Karim Boudiaf of Qatar defends. Photo by Chris Brunskill/UPI
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Abdulaziz Hatem of Qatar (R) competes for the ball against Felix Torres of Ecuador. Photo by Chris Brunskill/UPI
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