IN PHOTOS | FIFA World Cup host Qatar loses opening match as tournament kicks off

This animation gif shows a building-size banner of Canadian forward Jonathan David, Portugal fans in Doha, Qatar, nightlife at the InterContinental Doha and Argentina team's arrival ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. (Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images, Suhaib Salem/Reuters, Hannah Mckay/Reuters, Justin Setterfield/Getty Images - image credit)
This animation gif shows a building-size banner of Canadian forward Jonathan David, Portugal fans in Doha, Qatar, nightlife at the InterContinental Doha and Argentina team's arrival ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. (Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images, Suhaib Salem/Reuters, Hannah Mckay/Reuters, Justin Setterfield/Getty Images - image credit)
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The FIFA World Cup kicked off in Qatar Sunday with an opening ceremony that featured celebrities, fireworks and messages about unity, ahead of Ecuador's win over the host country in the tournament's inaugural match.

About 1.2 million foreign fans are expected in Qatar, a conservative Muslim country, for the tournament which runs until Dec. 18.

Despite Qatar's poor human rights record and all the controversies surrounding these games, 32 teams from around the world, including Canada, will play 64 games in eight stadiums in and around the city of Doha. Here's a look at the fans, the teams and more.

Ecuador triumphs over hosts 

Ecuador's Jose Cifuentes celebrates with fans after his team's 2-0 win over Qatar in the opening Group A match on Sunday.

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Qatar's Mohammed Muntari reacts after missing a shot at goal late in the game, which was his team's best chance to score.

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Ecuador's Pervis Estupinan, left, and Jhegson Mendez pray in celebration of their team's win as a Qatari player looks defeated.

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Opening ceremony

Fireworks explode over the tent-shaped Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor during the opening ceremony on Sunday. It is the first time that the World Cup has been staged in the Middle East.

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La'eeb, the official mascot of the 2022 World Cup, floats above performers during the ceremony. The mascot is based on a ghutra headdress, and its name is an Arabic word meaning "super-skilled player," according to FIFA.

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Actor Morgan Freeman made a surprise appearance on stage with Qatari YouTuber Ghanim Al Muftah, a 20-year old who was born with a rare condition that  impairs the development of the lower spine.

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BTS pop star Jung Kook and Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi perform during the opening ceremony.

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Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani gave a short speech, asking teams and fans to "to put aside what divides them," amid condemnation of the host country's poor human rights record.

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Team arrivals

Canada's Atiba Hutchinson, left, and Milan Borjan arrive with other team members in Doha on Friday. It's the first time in 36 years that Canada has qualified to play in the tournament.

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The bus for Team Germany is seen during the arrival of team members at Zulal Wellness-Resort in Doha on Thursday.

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A member of the Argentine team looks out a window of the aircraft featuring a picture of Lionel Messi, in Doha, on Thursday.

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Showing their team spirit

Portugal fans react at Souq Waqif marketplace in Doha on Nov. 11.

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Uruguay fans roam the streets with flags and scarves at Souq Waqif on Thursday.

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Supporters from Tunisia pose for a picture at Souq Waqif on Wednesday.

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Mexico fans wander the streets at Souq Waqif on Thursday.

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Statues and art installations

A statue along the Corniche, Doha's waterfront promenade with sweeping views of the Qatar capital, is seen on Wednesday.

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One of many World Cup statues in Souq Waqif pictured on Tuesday.

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An art installation is seen ahead of the World Cup.

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Among the giants in soccer world

A large picture of Canada's forward Jonathan David is displayed on a building in Doha on Nov. 8.

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Brazil's Neymar is pictured on a building in West Bay in Doha.

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An image of Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia adorns a skyscraper in West Bay on Nov. 14.

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Decorations and preparations

People stand next to the countdown clock at the Corniche in Doha on Nov. 13.

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Promotional banners in the Msheireb area in Doha on Wednesday.

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A street decorated with national flags in Doha on Nov. 7.

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Some nightlife

In an about-face, Qatar has banned the sale of beer at the World Cup, two days before the opening game. The country doesn't ban liquor outright, but alcohol sales are heavily restricted. Here, people gather during opening night of HIDE club at the InterContinental Doha where beer is typically available in hotel bars.

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Overcrowded concert

On Saturday night, authorities turned away thousands of fans from a concert on the eve of the World Cup. Those who were allowed into the Fan Zone at Doha's Al Bidda Park caught performances by Lebanese singer Myriam Fares and Colombian singer Maluma. Many were able to purchase beer at the venue — one of the few associated with FIFA where alcoholic purchases are allowed.

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