Qatar vs Ecuador – World Cup: Team news, lineups & prediction

The longest wait for a men’s World Cup since the 1950s is finally over. 1,586 days after Hugo Lloris hoisted aloft the golden statue, Qatar and Ecuador will open the 22nd edition of the global football jamboree.

The tournament has been mired in controversy from the day Sepp Blatter slowly pulled Qatar’s name out of an envelope in 2010. Despite the increasing scrutiny of numerous human rights groups and the wider media, the quadrennial celebration of the world’s favourite game will kick off in Al Kohr on Sunday afternoon.

Qatar, reigning Asian Cup champions, have been pitted against an…


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