The opening match of the 2022 World Cup, between Qatar and Ecuador, will now reportedly take place one day earlier than originally scheduled.
Previously scheduled for Monday, November 21, that match will now take place on Sunday, November 20, subject to final confirmation.
The decision was made after talks between FIFA and the national teams of Ecuador and Qatar, according to the BBC and other well-known media organisations. The game was reportedly moved from its original time slot of 4 p.m. GMT (11 a.m. ET) on November 21 at CONMEBOL’s request.
The host nation’s participation in the competition’s opening match will remain if the modification is approved by the FIFA council, which consists of the presidents of the five confederations and FIFA president Gianni Infantino.