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Qatar defeat Bahrain in FIFA Arab Cup opener

Doha: Asian champions Qatar started their FIFA Arab Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Bahrain in second Group A match at the brand new Al Bayt Stadium on Tuesday.

Abdulaziz Hatem scored the winner in 69th minute off an assist from striker Akram Afif.

With Iraq and Oman playing a 1-1 draw earlier in the day, the win took Qatar on top of Group A. The hosts will meet Oman in their next match on December 3 at Education City Stadium.

Even before a ball was kicked at the hosts’ opening FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ match against Bahrain, there was a feast for the eyes as the newly inaugurated Al Bayt Stadium staged a stunning opening ceremony.

In a show befitting the historic occasion, fans were treated to a jaw-dropping pyrotechnics display along with some beautiful choreography and performances that featured traditional themes, scenes and costumes from the Arab region.

The stadium itself – the unique architecture of which is inspired by bayt al sha’ar, tents historically used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and the Gulf region – is a true sight to behold. All eight of Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022™ arenas have now been completed, and after tonight only Lusail Stadium – the venue for next year’s FIFA World Cup Final – is still to be unveiled to the public.

Check out some of the best images from this unforgettable ceremony, which included – among others – 220 dancers, 75 orchestra performer and 45 FIFA Fan Leaders representing 48 different countries.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee