Among the highlights of the first game of the FIFA World Cup 2022 was a spectacular opening ceremony led by actor Morgan Freeman. It was a rich blend of Qatari traditions. It featured every World Cup mascot and a Korean popstar, Jungkook, who performed the official World Cup song.
The first game of the 2022 World Cup began with a 2-0 loss for Qatar, against Ecuador. The goal by Ecuador was disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) in the third minute. The hosts thought they had a lead before the first goal was disallowed. Then, Enner Valencia headed in the corner kick.
The next game on the first day of the 2022 World Cup was between Senegal and the Netherlands. The team from Netherlands failed to qualify for the tournament, while Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations last month. The teams will play at 19:00 local time on Monday. This match will be broadcast on Spanish television network Telemundo.
In addition to the opening game, the final will be held on December 18 at Lusail Stadium. It will coincide with the country’s National Day. The tournament is expected to draw in more than 1 million fans from around the world. Some fans will stay in neighboring countries, while others will stay on cruise ships.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the host nation, Qatar. The country has a reputation for being a hostile environment for the LGBTQ community and foreign workers. A number of human rights groups have criticized the country for these issues. They also point out that a number of migrant workers have died in the construction of the 2022 World Cup infrastructure. In a recent speech, FIFA president Gianni Infantino defended the host nation.
FIFA has made several changes to the tournament schedule. It has moved the opening ceremony to a day earlier. It also announced that the first game of the 2022 World Cup will be a stand-alone event.
The semi-automated offside technology that FIFA announced in July will be used during the tournament. The technology is designed to help officials make offside calls. However, it will take longer than a typical offside check.
The World Cup is being played in a 29-day schedule, which was reduced from the standard four-month schedule. In addition, some matches will be played in other stadiums around Doha. However, the largest games will be played in the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, the Al Rayyan Stadium and the Education City Stadium.
Ticket sales for the 2022 World Cup have been brisk, with over 2.35 million tickets being sold. FIFA has said that the number of tickets sold was the second highest in history. There are two types of tickets – one is a digital HAYA card and the other is a physical HAYA card. The HAYA card is required for fans to watch games in stadiums.
All matches will be televised on the Spanish television network Telemundo. In addition, the entire tournament will be shown in Spanish.