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Netherlands v Ecuador: World Cup 2022 – live | World Cup 2022


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26 mins: It took time, but Ecuador finally got a foothold in this game. They are attacking the Dutch relentlessly at the moment and opposite Valencia they are helped through the penalty area thanks to a backheel from Estrada. His no-look delivery is a little behind Angelo Preciado, who is unable to direct the ball towards goal.

24 mins: Much, much better from Ecuador. They advance again, with an Estupinan cross from the left forcing Virgil van Dijk to head the ball away while facing his own goal under pressure from Michael Estrada.

23 mins: Equateur attacks from the right then from the left. Moses Caicedo arrives at the touchline and brings the ball back into the Dutch penalty area trying to spot Enner Valencia. The Netherlands emerge.

20 mins: Dumfries wins possession in midfield and drives forward with the ball at his feet. With Pervis Estupinan hanging from his shirt, he collides with the motionless object that is Ecuadorian centre-back Felix Torres and collapses to the ground.

19 mins: Denzel Dumfries takes a deep throw into Ecuadorian territory from which the Dutch win another. Its second delivery goes smoothly.

17 mins: Nathan Ake clears the ball out of defense for the Netherlands, passing the ball to Davy Klaassen in midfield. He tries to keep it moving but Equator intercepts him.

Gonzalo Plata stays with Nathan Ake of the Netherlands.
Gonzalo Plata stays with Nathan Ake of the Netherlands. Photography: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

14 mins: Showing no ill effects from the knee injury he suffered on Monday, Enner Valencia quickly advances down the left touchline for Ecuador, fending off a defender. He ends up running the ball out of play for a goal kick.

13 mins: The Dutch players are all agitated and don’t give their South American counterparts time to settle on the ball as they try to get out of their own half and move forward.

11 minutes: Free kick Ecuador, away. The ball is passed by Preciado, who sends it into the Dutch penalty area. He heads for the face of the penalty area, half cleared and breaks for Enner Valencia. His volley shot comes out of the head of Virgil van Dijk.

8 minutes: A slightly shocked Ecuador tries to regain his composure after that first Dutch hammer blow, passing the ball at the back. They venture out of their own half through the halfway line only for Denzel Dumfries to come in and knock the ball out of play for a throw-in.

6 minutes: It’s a terrific finish from the highly sought-after Cody Gakpo, who curls a fizzy left-footed shot past Hernan Galindez into the top corner from outside the Ecuadorian penalty area after being trapped by Davy Klaassen. Ecuador’s long streak of more than 11 hours without conceding a goal came to an abrupt end.

It remained touched.
It remained touched. Photography: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

OBJECTIVE! Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador (Gakpo 5)

Cody Gakpo pulls the Netherlands ahead!

Cody Gakpo absolutely has it in leather.
Cody Gakpo absolutely has it in leather. Photography: Marko Đurica/Reuters

4 minutes: There is an early break in play as the referee takes pity on Angelo Preciado, the Ecuadorian right-back who is sitting on the ground after taking a blow to his crown jewels and appears to be in serious pain.

3 minutes: The Netherlands dominate possession in these early stages, aiming to beat a side who have conceded no goals in their last seven matches.

2 minutes : There’s a great early interception from Piero Hincapie, who slips in to prevent Dutch defender Jurrien Timber from playing the ball inside right and behind the Ecuadorian defense for Steven Bergwijn to chase.

Netherlands against Ecuador, here we go…

1 minute: Ecuador get the ball rolling, their players wearing navy blue jerseys, white shorts and white socks. The Netherlands players wear the whole orange kit.

Not long now: Enner Valencia and Virgil van Dijk lead their teams, followed by referee Mustapha Ghorbal and his team of referees. They line up on either side of the officials and it’s time for the national anthems.

Not to scale.
Not to scale. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Group A match report: Qatar 1-3 Senegal. Paul MacInnes was at the Al Thumama Stadium to watch Senegal leave the host country’s chances of qualifying for the knockout stages hanging by an extremely frayed thread. Qatar now need Ecuador to beat the Netherlands or they will be reduced to playing against Louis van Gaal’s side for nothing more than the pride of their last group game.

These teams: For the second game in a row, Memphis Depay starts on the bench for the Netherlands, his recovery from a hamstring injury apparently not completely over. Louis van Gaal makes two changes, with Jurrien Timber and Teun Koopmeiners replacing Mattihjs de Ligt and Steven Berghuis.

Ecuadorian coach Gustavo Alfaro appears to be dropping to five backs. He brings a change to the team that beat Qatar. Jackson Porozo enters central defense while midfielder Romario Ibarra makes way.

Memphis Depay starts on the bench for the Netherlands.
Memphis Depay starts on the bench for the Netherlands. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Fifa/Getty Images

The Netherlands-Ecuador matches

Holland: Noppert, Timber, van Dijk, Ake, Dumfries, Koopmeiners, Frenkie de Jong, Blind, Klaassen, Gakpo, Bergwijn.

Subtitles: Pasveer, de Ligt, de Vrij, Luuk de Jong, Depay, Berghuis, Lang, Bijlow, de Roon, Malacia, Janssen, Weghorst, Taylor, Simons, Frimpong.

Ecuador: Galindez, Angelo Preciado, Porozo, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan, Plata, Mendez, Caicedo, Estrada, Valencia.

Subtitles: Arboleda, Cifuentes, Pacho, Gruezo, Ayrton Preciado, Ibarra, Ramirez, Arreaga, Mena, Sarmiento, Palacios, Franco, Dominguez, Reasco, Rodriguez.

Qatar 1-3 Senegal: It’s all over in today’s other group game and the African champions have won. Qatar will be eliminated if the Dutch avoid defeat in their game against Ecuador. If the Dutch win by three or more goals, Senegal will only need one point in their last game against Ecuador to advance to the knockout stages.

Qatar v Senegal: Bamba Dieng puts Senegal 3-1 up against Qatar with just six minutes to play. The size looks good and good for the hosts despite a much improved performance in the second half.

Qatar v Senegal: Mohammed Muntari has just come off the bench to score with a header for Qatar against Senegal, reducing the host nation’s deficit in the game to one goal. They trail 2-1 with 10 minutes (and remaining) to go and need another goal or they will need more snookers to advance to the knockout stages. Boulaye Dia and Famara Diédhiou led Senegal 2-0.

Gustavo Alfaro speaks: “We have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” the Ecuador coach said ahead of today’s game. “I am happy with my team. But Holland is a great rival. We have to be strong on all fronts, emotional and physical, and keep them running until they get off the pitch. What we did against Qatar will not be enough against the Netherlands or Senegal, we have to improve.

Gustavo Alfaro speaks to the press alongside Ecuadorian midfielder Sebastian Mendez.
Gustavo Alfaro speaks to the press alongside Ecuadorian midfielder Sebastian Mendez. Photograph: Raúl Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal speaks: “Ecuador are a stable team,” the Dutch coach said in his pre-match press conference. “They are physically strong with very smart players, shrewd players, that’s why I think they are tougher than Senegal.”

Asked about the OneLove armband campaign and if his team has protests planned for today, Van Gaal said this. “”Nope. We have put an end to all the political problems of last Thursday. We have that goal and we are not going to see it tarnished by the actions of FIFA or any other organization. But I already answered… I think that’s enough.

Yesterday, Louis Van Gaal (left) and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk inspect the surroundings of Khalifa Stadium.
Yesterday, Louis Van Gaal (left) and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk inspect the surroundings of Khalifa Stadium. Photography: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Today’s match officials

  • Arbitrator: Mustapha Ghorbal

  • Assistant referees: Mokrane Gourari and Abdelhak Etchial

  • Fourth official: Said Martinez

  • Video assistant referee: Shaun Evans

Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal leads today's team of referees.
Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal leads today’s team of referees. Photography: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

First news from the team

Insufficiently fit to start for the Netherlands against Senegal, Memphis Depay got 30 minutes of play and could start in place of Vincent Janssen today. Louis van Gaal is expected to field an otherwise unchanged starting line-up.

With a knee injury 15 minutes from time in his side’s win over Qatar, the two-goal hero Enner Valencia should be fit for Ecuador. “Enner will play against the Netherlands, there’s no doubt about that,” coach Gustavo Alfaro said.

Author of two goals against Qatar, Enner Valencia should be able to face the Netherlands this afternoon.
Author of two goals against Qatar, Enner Valencia should be able to face the Netherlands this afternoon. Photography: Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar

Group A: Netherlands v Ecuador

The Khalifa International Stadium will host today’s second match of Group A, where the Netherlands will face Ecuador. Both sides won their opening games, with Ecuador recording a routine victory over hosts Qatar as the tournament’s curtain-raiser, while the Netherlands dropped Senegal a day later. Both teams will obviously be keen to qualify for the round of 16, especially the Netherlands, who will face Qatar in their final group game.

The hosts, who seem by far the weakest team in the group, are currently losing to Senegal elsewhere in Doha and will have virtually no chance of making it to the knockout stages unless they can pull something Match. Kick-off at the Khalifa is at 4 p.m., but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and the build.



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