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FIFA officially advances World Cup by a day for Qatar

A commentator prepares for the Qatar Stars League match between Al-Arabi and Al-Rayyan at the Lusail stadium, FIFA World Cup the venue for the World Cup final

FIFA World Cup on Thursday officially brought forward the opening match of this year’s World Cup by one day to November 20 in a rare change so that hosts Qatar feature in the gala game.

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Football’s top officials universally approved the decision, FIFA World Cup FIFA said in a statement while Qatar said it would give unspecified help to fans affected by the change.

On the old schedule, Qatar against Ecuador was to be the official inauguration match on November 21 but Senegal against Netherlands would be the first match of the day.iStock Image

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