Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

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Jonathan Wilson joins from the Al Bayt Stadium in the first part of the podcast as Ecuador beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in a thoroughly uninspiring opening game.

Plus Gianni Infantino holds a stunning pre-tournament press conference, beer is banned from stadiums and crack is starting to appear on the first weekend of the tournament.

Elsewhere, we’ll preview Monday’s games, including England v Iran and USA v Wales, and somehow Gillingham is mentioned in this opening day’s World Cup podcast.

Ecuador's Enner Valencia, right, celebrates his second goal during the World Cup, Group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

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