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Sunday's Sport: World Cup kicks off in Qatar

It’s another packed Sunday of sports action, with the standout event being the opening game of the World Cup finals in Qatar.

As well as the beginning of the football showpiece, there's also the conclusion to the Formula One season and the DP World Tour golf campaign.

Meanwhile, there is also Autumn international rugby union as France come up against Japan in Toulouse.

Football: Hosts Qatar kick off the World Cup

What: Qatar v Ecuador - World Cup Group A
Where: Al Bayat Stadium, Qatar
When: Sunday, 20th November
How to watch: BBC One and BBC iPlayer
Odds: Qatar 11/5, Draw 21/10, Ecuador 7/5

Led by former Barcelona youth coach Felix Sanchez, host nation Qatar play in the opening game of the tournament when they face Ecuador.

Qatar, whose squad is made up of players who all play their domestic football in the country, are currently 50th in the world rankings.

They face an Ecuador team that are six places above their opponents in the Fifa standings and who qualified fourth in South American qualifying.

Ecuador have several European-based players, including Brighton trio Pervis Estupinan, Jeremy Sarmiento and Moises Caicedo.

Formula 1: Verstappen looks to end on a high in Abu Dhabi

What: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Where: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
When: 13:00, Sunday, 20th November
How to watch: Sky Sports F1
Odds: Max Verstappen 1/2, Sergio Perez 5/2, Charles Leclerc 12/1, Lewis Hamilton 16/1, George Russell 20/1

Max Verstappen has already won the Formula One world championship, but will want to finish his impressive season with another Grand Prix success.

The Dutchman has already won 14 of the 21 races this campaign and is seeking a third consecutive victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he will start on pole.

Golf: Top stars fight it out for Race to Dubai title

What: DP World Tour Championship
Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course, Dubai
When: Sunday, 20th November
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf
Odds: Jon Rahm 11/10, Matt Fitzpatrick 3/1, Rory McIlroy 9/2, Alex Noren 9/1, Tyrrell Hatton 12/1

The final event of the DP World Tour season will come to a conclusion on Sunday, with several big names battling it out to win the DP World Tour Championship.

Spaniard Jon Rahm shot a bogey-free 65 on Saturday to climb to the summit on -15, one shot clear of England's Matt Fiztpatrick in second.

Alex Noren has sole possession of third on -13, while Tyrrell Hatton and Rory McIlroy - the Race to Dubai leader - are both a further shot in arrears.

Rugby Union: France aim to extend winning run

What: Autumn International - France v Japan
Where: Stadium de Toulouse
When: 13:00, Sunday, 20th November
How to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Odds: France 1/50, Japan 12/1, Tie 50/1

Six Nations champions France are looking to end a stellar year with another victory, when they face Japan in Toulouse.

Fabien Galthie's men have won all nine of their international matches so far in 2022, which includes Autumn international victories over Australia and South Africa. 

Les Bleus will face a familiar opponent in Japan, who they have faced on two previous occasions during the calendar year.

France won both meetings in Japan in July, winning the first clash 23-42 and then edging out the Cherry Blossoms 15-20 in the Japan National Stadium.

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