World Cup Qatar 2022 live: Opening ceremony starts global party
Opening ceremony taking place before kickoff in opening match.
Hosts Qatar will then face Ecuador at 7pm (16:00 GMT) for the opening match, marking the start of the first-ever World Cup held in the Middle East.
More than a decade of work went into preparing the country, with large parts of the capital Doha reimagined to cater to the fans.
FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has accused the West of double standards in their criticism of the tournament.
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Jungkook and Fahad Al Kubaisi entertain crowds
La’eeb, the official World Cup mascot, soars to the sky as BTS singer Jungkook takes to the stage.
The South Korean star, accompanied by dozens of singers, performs the newly released track, Dreamers, alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi.