The UAE’s Argentinian coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena charted out a new map for the national team to accomplish the 2026 World Cup goal.
Williamson scored 61 off 35 balls as New Zealand reached 185-6 after being sent in to bat, his innings negating Ireland pace bowlers Josh Little’s hat trick - only the second of this tournament.
The hosts and defending champions Australia now need arch-rivals England to lose their final Super 12 match against Sri Lanka on Saturday to make the semis.
In a show of Gulf solidarity, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was among the political leaders arriving in Doha ahead of the opening ceremony to be held in a tent-shaped stadium at 1440 GMT, before the first match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.
Wolves midfielder Neves, one the leaders of the changing room, dismissed any speculation that 37-year-old Ronaldo was not in peak form, saying he looked like his old self in training.
Monday's clash will mark the Emirati referees' second appearance in the World Cup following the Spain-Costa Rica match in Group E.
Starting line-ups in the Group C World Cup group stage match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia in Doha's Lusail stadium on Tuesday (kick-off 1000 GMT):
England, who had been facing almost certain elimination had they lost, moved into the top two in Group 1 along with their opponents with one round of matches to go.
It was the Dutch side’s first win in the Super 12 tournament after three losses.