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

Cody Gakpo fires the Netherlands ahead!

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1 min: Ecuador get the ball rolling, their players wearing navy shirts, white shorts and white socks. The players of the Netherlands wear all orange kit.

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

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

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

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

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

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Not deemed fit enough to start for the Netherlands against Senegal, Memphis Depay got 30 minutes off the bench and could start in place of Vincent Janssen today. Louis van Gaal is expected to field an otherwise unchanged starting line-up.

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Forced off with a knee injury 15 minutes to go in his side’s win over Qatar, two-goal hero Enner Valencia is expected to be fit to start for Ecuador. “Enner will play against the Netherlands, there’s no doubt about that,” said his manager Gustavo Alfaro.

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The Khalifa International Stadium is the venue for the second of today’s Group A matches, where the Netherlands will take on Ecuador. Both sides won their opening games, with Ecuador recording a routine win against hosts Qatar in the tournament curtain-raiser, while the Netherlands left it late to see off Senegal a day later. Both sides will obviously fancy their chances of advancing to the knockout stages, particularly the Netherlands, who will face Qatar in their final group game.

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The host nation, who look the weakest team in the group by far, are currently losing against Senegal elsewhere in Doha and will have practically no chance of qualifying for the last 16 unless they can take something from the game. Kick-off at the Khalifa is at 4pm but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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Key events

13 minutes: The Dutch players are all busy, not giving their South American counterparts a moment to settle on the ball as they try to get out of their own half and move forward.

11 minutes: Free kick Ecuador, far away. The ball is played wide to Preciado, who sends it into the Dutch penalty area. It heads over the face of the penalty area, half cleared and breaks for Enner Valencia. His shot on the volley hits Virgil van Dijk’s head.

8 minutes: A somewhat shaken Ecuador tries to regain composure after that early Dutch hammer blow by playing the ball around in the back. They venture down the halfway line from their own half, only for Denzel Dumfries to squeeze in and put the ball out of play for a throw-in.

6 minutes: That’s a great finish from highly sought-after Cody Gakpo, who blasts the ball into the top corner from outside Ecuador’s penalty area after being punched by Davy Klaassen. Ecuador’s long streak of more than 11 hours without concessions comes to a very abrupt end.

That was touching. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

GOAL! Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador (Gakpo 5)

Cody Gakpo advances the Netherlands!

Cody Gakpo definitely learned.
Cody Gakpo definitely learned. Photo: Marko Durica/Reuters

4 minutes: There is an early stoppage in play as the referee takes pity on Angelo Preciado, the Ecuadorian right-back who sits on the ground after landing a blow to his crown jewels and looks in severe pain.

3 minutes: The Netherlands dominate possession in these early stages, aiming to beat a team that has not conceded a goal in the past seven games.

2 minutes: There’s an excellent early interception from Piero Hincapie, who slides in to stop Dutch defender Jurrien Timber from playing the ball down the inside to the right and behind the Ecuadorian defence, allowing Steven Bergwijn to chase him down.

Netherlands v Ecuador goes…

1 minute: Ecuador gets the ball rolling, their players wear navy shirts, white shorts and white socks. The players of the Netherlands all wear orange uniform.

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

@bglendenning one of the highest (as in elevation) countries in the worked v one of the lowest #NEDECU

— PKelly (@paulkellington) November 25, 2022

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

Those teams: Memphis Depay starts on the Dutch bench for the second game in a row, his recovery from a hamstring injury does not seem quite complete yet. Louis van Gaal makes two changes, with Jurrien Timber and Teun Koopmeiners replacing Mattihjs de Ligt and Steven Berghuis.

Ecuador manager Gustavo Alfaro looks set to switch to a backup five. He makes one change to the squad that defeated Qatar. Jackson Porozo comes in as central defender while midfielder Romario Ibarra makes way.

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

Lineups Netherlands v Ecuador

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

Subs: 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.

Subs: 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 match against Ecuador. Should the Orange win by three goals or more, Senegal only needs one point from the last game against Ecuador to advance to the knockout phase.

Qatar vs Senegal: Bamba Dieng puts Senegal ahead 3-1 against Qatar with six minutes left on the clock. The mold looks good for the hosts, despite a much improved performance in the second half.

Qatar vs Senegal: Mohammed Muntari comes off the bench just to score with a ball header for Qatar against Senegal, cutting the host nation’s deficit to one goal in the game. They are 2-1 down with 10 minutes (and the rest) left and need another goal or several snookers to qualify for the knockout stages. Boulaye Dia and Famara Diédhiou had put Senegal at 2-0.

Gustavo Alfaro speaks: “We have everything to win and nothing to lose,” said the Ecuadorian manager ahead of today’s match. “I am happy with my team. But the Netherlands is a big rival. We have to be strong on all fronts, emotionally and physically, and let them run hard until they leave the field. What we have done against Qatar will not be enough against the Netherlands or Senegal, we have to improve.”

Gustavo Alfaro addresses the press flanked by Ecuadorian midfielder Sebastian Mendez.
Gustavo Alfaro addresses the press flanked by Ecuadorian midfielder Sebastian Mendez. Photo: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal speaks: “Ecuador is a stable team,” said the national coach of the Netherlands at his pre-match press conference. “They are physically strong with very smart players, shrewd players, that’s why I believe they are stronger than Senegal.”

Asked about the OneLove bracelet campaign and whether his team has any protests planned for today, Van Gaal had this to say. “”No. Last Thursday we put an end to all political issues. We have this goal and we will not allow it to be tainted by the actions of FIFA or any other organization. But I’ve already responded… I think that’s enough.”

Louis Van Gaal (left) and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk examine the area around the Khalifa Stadium yesterday.
Louis Van Gaal (left) and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk examine the area around the Khalifa Stadium yesterday. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Today’s match officials

  • Referee: Mustafa Ghorbal

  • Assistant referees: Mokrane Gourari and Abdelhak Etchial

  • fourth official: Martinez said

  • Video Assistant Referee: Shaun Evans

Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal leads today's team of match officials.
Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal leads today’s team of match officials. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Early team news

Not considered fit enough to start for the Netherlands against Senegal, Memphis Depay was given 30 minutes off the bench and was able to start today in place of Vincent Janssen. Louis van Gaal is expected to set up an otherwise unchanged starting line-up.

15 minutes into his side’s win over Qatar with a knee injury, two-goal hero Enner Valencia is expected to be fit to start for Ecuador. “Enner will play against the Netherlands, there is no doubt about that,” said his manager Gustavo Alfaro.

The two-goal scorer against Qatar, Enner Valencia, is expected to be fit for this afternoon's line-up against the Netherlands.
The two-goal scorer against Qatar, Enner Valencia, is expected to be fit for this afternoon’s line-up against the Netherlands. Photo: Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar

Group A: The Netherlands against Ecuador

The Khalifa International Stadium is the venue for the second of today’s Group A matches, where the Netherlands take on Ecuador. Both sides won their opening matches, with Ecuador recording a routine victory against hosts Qatar in the opening match of the tournament, while the Netherlands left it late to beat Senegal a day later. Both sides will clearly assess their chances of progressing to the knockout stage, especially the Netherlands, who will meet Qatar in their final group game.

The hosts, who appear to be by far the weakest team in the group, are currently losing to Senegal elsewhere in Doha and have practically no chance of qualifying for the last 16 unless they can get something out of the game. Kick-off in the Khalifa is at 4 p.m., but stay tuned for team news and build-up in the meantime.

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