In pictures: Qatar World Cup opening ceremony and first match

In pictures: Qatar World Cup opening ceremony and first match

Gallery: Qatar World Cup opening ceremony and first match

Highlights from the opening ceremony, and the first game, of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Fans watch fireworks after the World Cup inauguration match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Corniche sea promenade in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022

Fans watch fireworks after the World Cup inauguration match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Corniche sea promenade in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022

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Artists perform prior the start of the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

Artists perform prior the start of the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

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Fireworks explode over the Al Bayt Stadium before the start of the World Cup, group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

Fireworks explode over the Al Bayt Stadium before the start of the World Cup, group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

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A Qatari fan holds the Qatar national flag prior to the World Cup, group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium, in Al Khor, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

A Qatari fan holds the Qatar national flag prior to the World Cup, group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium, in Al Khor, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

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eams line up before the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

eams line up before the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

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Qatar's Pedro Miguel, left, challenges for the ball with Ecuador's Pervis Estupinan during the World Cup group A soccer match

Qatar's Pedro Miguel, left, challenges for the ball with Ecuador's Pervis Estupinan during the World Cup group A soccer match

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Ecuador's Enner Valencia, centre, is fouled by Qatar's goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb, left, during match between Qatar and Ecuador

Ecuador's Enner Valencia, centre, is fouled by Qatar's goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb, left, during match between Qatar and Ecuador

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Ecuador's team players celebrate after Enner Valencia scored his side's second goal during the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium

Ecuador's team players celebrate after Enner Valencia scored his side's second goal during the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium

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Fans watch the group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

Fans watch the group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

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Ecuadorians watch the World Cup inaugural soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

Ecuadorians watch the World Cup inaugural soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

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