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

40 minutes: Enner Valencia and Denzel Dumfries are having a running battle off the ball and get a jovial ticking-off from Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal, who lets them know he’s keeping tabs on their shenanigans.

38 minutes: A long diagonal from Nathan Ake towards Steven Bergwijn causes Ecuador all sorts of problems at the back. Piero Hincapie plows through the Dutchman and puts the ball out for a throw-in but somehow doesn’t concede a free-kick in a dangerous area.

36 minutes: “What is with De Ligt not playing?” asks Declan Brennan. “Injury? Or has he simply not maintained his unbeatable status from a few years ago.”

Well, he might be carrying a knock but I’m guessing he was dropped because he played conspicuously badly against Senegal in his side’s opening game.

33 minutes: Nothing came of the set-piece and the Netherlands continued to lead courtesy of Cody Gakpo’s beauty in the sixth minute. With each performance the PSV winger is adding to his value in what he promises to be interesting extremely tedious January bidding war for his signature.

32 minutes: Oof! Enner Valencia cuts in from the left and unleashes a rasping drive that Andries Noppert does well to keep out. The Dutch goalkeeper dives to his right and puts the ball out for a corner.

30 minutes: The ball swung in from the corner flag, half-cleared by a defender and hoofed upfield for Enner Valencia to chase. Frenkie De Jong has a 20-yard head start on the Ecuador skipper and rolls the ball back to his goalkeeper Andries Noppert.

29 minutes: The Dutch seem to have weathered that five-minute Ecuadorian storm but have been left in no doubt that they are in a contest. They won themselves a corner.

26 minutes: It’s taken a while but Ecuador have finally got a firm foothold in this game. They’re attacking the Dutch relentlessly at the moment and a cross from Valencia is helped across the penalty area courtesy of an Estrada back-heel. His no-look delivery is a little behind Angelo Preciado, who is unable to steer the ball towards the goal.

Virgil Van Dijk has a little set-to with Enner Valencia. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Fifa/Getty Images

24 minutes: Much, much better from Ecuador. They get forward again, with Estupinan’s cross from the left forcing Virgil van Dijk to head the ball clear while facing his own goal under pressure from Michael Estrada.

23 minutes: Ecuador attacked down the right and then the left. Moses Caicedo gets to the byline and pulls the ball back into the Dutch penalty area trying to pick out Enner Valencia. The Netherlands hack clear.

20 minutes: Dumfries wins possession in midfield and drives forward with the ball at his feet. With Pervis Estupinan hanging out of his shirt, he runs into the immovable object that is Ecuador central defender Felix Torres and crumples to the ground.

19 minutes: Denzel Dumfries takes a throw-in deep in Ecuador territory from which the Dutch win another. His second delivery is headed clear.

17 minutes: Nathan Ake runs the ball out of defense for the Netherlands, playing the ball to Davy Klaassen in the midfield. He tries to keep it moving but Ecuador intercepts.

Gonzalo Plata keeps with Nathan Ake of the Netherlands.
Gonzalo Plata keeps with Nathan Ake of the Netherlands. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

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

13 minutes: The Netherlands players are all hustle and bustle, not giving their South American counterparts a moment to settle on the ball as they attempt to get out of their own half and get forward.

11 minutes: Ecuador free-kick, a long way out. The ball’s played wide to Preciado, who sends it into the Dutch penalty area. It’s headed across the face of the penalty area, half-cleared and breaks for Enner Valencia. His shot on the volley came off the head of Virgil van Dijk.

8 minutes: A slightly shell-shocked Ecuador attempt to regain their composure after that early Dutch hammerblow, passing the ball around at the back. They ventured out of their own half down by the halfway line only for Denzel Dumfries to nip in and put the ball out of play for a throw-in.

6 minutes: That’s a terrific finish from the highly sought after Cody Gakpo, who curls a fizzing left-footed shot past Hernan Galindez into the top corner from outside the Ecuador penalty area after being teed up by Davy Klaassen. Ecuador’s long run of over 11 hours without conceding comes to a very abrupt end.

That stayed hit.
That stayed hit. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

GOAL! Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador (Gakpo 6)

Cody Gakpo fires the Netherlands ahead!

Cody Gakpo has absolutely nailed it.
Cody Gakpo has absolutely nailed it. Photograph: Marko Đurica/Reuters

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

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

2 minutes: There’s an excellent early interception from Piero Hincapie, who slides in to prevent Dutch defender Jurrien Timber from playing the ball down the inside right and behind the Ecuador defense for Steven Bergwijn to chase.

Netherlands v Ecuador is go …

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

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

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

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

Those teams: For the second match in a row, Memphis Depay starts on the Netherlands bench, his recovery from a hamstring injury is apparently not fully complete. Louis van Gaal makes two changes, with Jurrien Timber and Teun Koopmeiners coming in for Matthias de Ligt and Steven Berghuis.

Ecuador manager Gustavo Alfaro appears to be switching to a back five. He makes one change to the side that beat Qatar. Jackson Porozo comes in at center-back 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

Netherlands v Ecuador line-ups

Netherlands: 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 game against Ecuador. Should the Dutch win by three goals or more, Senegal will need just one point from their final fixture against Ecuador to advance to the knockout stages.

Qatar v Senegal: Bamba Dieng puts Senegal up 3-1 against Qatar with just six minutes left on the clock. The jig looks up well and truly up for the hosts despite a much improved second half performance.

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 up 2-0.

Gustavo Alfaro speaks: “We have everything to win and nothing to lose,” said Ecuador’s manager ahead of today’s game. “I’m happy with my team. But Holland is a big rival. We have to be strong on all fronts, emotional and physical, and run them hard until they leave the pitch. What we did against Qatar will be insufficient against Holland or Senegal, we have to improve.”

Gustavo Alfaro addresses the press flanked by Ecuador midfielder Sebastian Mendez.
Gustavo Alfaro addresses the press flanked by Ecuador midfielder Sebastian Mendez. Photograph: Raúl Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal speaks: “Ecuador is a stable team,” said the Netherlands manager in his pre-match press conference. “They’re physically strong with very clever players, shrewd players, which is why I believe that they are tougher than Senegal.”

Asked about the OneLove armband campaign and if his team has any protests planned for today, Van Gaal had this to say. “No. We put a full stop after all the political issues last Thursday. We have this purpose and we’re not going to have that tarnished by the actions of FIFA or any other organization. But I’ve already responded … I think that’s enough.”

Louis Van Gaal (left) and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk survey the surroundings of the Khalifa Stadium yesterday.
Louis Van Gaal (left) and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk survey the surroundings of the Khalifa Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Today’s match officials

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

Early team news

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.

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.

The scorer of two goals against Qatar, Enner Valencia is expected to be fit to line up against the Netherlands this afternoon.
The scorer of two goals against Qatar, Enner Valencia is expected to be fit to line up against the Netherlands this afternoon. Photograph: Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar

Group A: Netherlands v Ecuador

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 curtain-raiser tournament, 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.

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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