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Netherlands vs Ecuador Highlights: At the Khalifa International Stadium, Ecuador scored early in the second half to tie the Netherlands in a Group A match, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Netherlands vs Ecuador | Ecuador Draws 1-1 with Netherlands

Netherlands vs Ecuador

Netherlands vs Ecuador Highlights

In the Khalifa International Stadium, Ecuador scored early in the second half to tie the Netherlands in a Group A match. Enner Valencia’s tap-in negated Cody Gakpo’s first-half goal for Ecuador. When Michael Estrada’s shot rebounded off the crossbar in the 59th minute, Ecuador was just about to complete their comeback. With one game remaining in the competition due to this outcome, the host Qatar gets eliminated. As a result of Qatar’s earlier 3-1 loss to Senegal, their second straight loss in the competition, they required Ecuador to defeat the Dutch to remain in the tournament.

At the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Netherlands and Ecuador tied 1-1 in their second Group A match. Cody Gakpo’s second of the competition gave the Netherlands the lead before Enner Valencia tied the score for South America; The outcome eliminated the tournament host nation.

At the 2022 World Cup, Ecuador returned to holds the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw in the 2nd match of their Group A campaign, eliminating Qatar’s hosts.

The Netherlands took the lead early on, credit to Cody Gakpo’s 2nd goal of the competition, but Ecuador came back early in the 2nd half through Enner Valencia. The former West Ham striker scored his 3rd goal of the match, but he had late worries because of a knee injury.

As a result, Ecuador will qualify if they win over Senegal, while the Netherlands still need a point over Qatar in their last group match on Tuesday.

The Netherlands Began Quickly, but Ecuador Responds

In the Netherlands’ starting match over Senegal, Gakpo scored with 6 minutes remaining, but it took him until 6 minutes against Ecuador, a squad with seven clean sheets.

The PSV Eindhoven striker obtained a move from Davy Klaasen on the box’s enclosure, set himself up with 2 touches & then sent a shot inside Hernan Galindez’s recent post.

Angelo Preciado’s shot from the edge was flicked in by Estupinan just before halftime, giving Ecuador hope that they had grabbed the lead. However, Jackson Porozo is blocking Andries Noppert’s sight of the goal. Hence the goal was ruled to be offside.

As Noppert could only palm Estupinan’s shot into Valencia’s path, who had free rein of the six-yard box, Ecuador was not to be denied the emulate after 49 minutes. Again, VAR was used to check for offside, but the striker was on.

On 59 minutes, the South Americans nearly completed a comeback when Gonzalo Plata received the ball in the box and thundered a shot off the crossbar before it bounced clear. Noppert was severely wounded.

Valencia’s sudden exit on a stretcher during a brilliant second half caused serious worries for Ecuador.

Netherlands vs Ecuador – Goals

NED — Gakpo (6′)
ECU — Valencia (49′)

Although Dutch could be better in quality, Gakpo shines

In the first game, Gakpo got the Netherlands off to a quick start with a goal that was considerably different from first of the competition.

It demonstrated the breadth of his talent and why he is quickly becoming one of Qatar’s biggest stars, but Louis van Gaal and the Dutch will be worried about the talent shortage in his supporting cast.

While Memphis Depay, who came off the bench for the 2nd half, didn’t appear fully match-ready, Steven Berwign and Davy Klaassen were ineffective. One person cannot win the World Cup unless their name is Diego Maradona.

Ecuador is left to worry about Valencia’s harm

For the first time in its history, Ecuador is now unbeaten in four straight World Cup games, a remarkable performance that would not have been possible without its seasoned skipper Valencia.

The 33-year-old is just the fourth player to score six goals in a row for a team in the World Cup. He has assisted on each of his nation’s last six goals.

However, it might be his last contribution. At Khalifa International Stadium, Valencia was stretchered off just before the end of regulation after seemingly aggravating the knee injury that nearly prevented him from playing in Ecuador’s second group-stage match.

He may or may not be healthy for Tuesday’s pivotal championship match against Senegal, but one thing is for sure: He is essential to Ecuador’s success.

Netherlands vs Ecuador | Player Ratings | FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Netherlands Player Ratings

Andries Noppert (GK): 7, Jurriën Timber (RCB): 7, Virgil van Dijk (CB): 6.5, Nathan Aké (LCB): 6.5, Denzel Dumfries (RWB): 6.5, Daley Blind (LWB): 6.5, Teun Koopmeiners (CM): 7, Frenkie de Jong (CM): 7, Davy Klaassen (CAM): 6.5, Cody Gakpo (RF): 7, Steven Bergwijn (LF): 6, Memphis Depay (Sub): 6, Steven Berghuis (Sub): 6, Wout Weghorst (Sub): 6, Martin de Roon (Sub): 6

Ecuador Player Ratings

Hernán Galíndez (GK): 6.5, Angelo Preciado (RB): 7, Jackson Porozo (RCB): 7, Félix Torres (CB): 7, Piero Hincapié (LCB): 7, Pervis Estupiñán (LB): 7, Gonzalo Plata (RM): 7, Jhegson Méndez (CM): 6.5, Moisés Caicedo (CM): 6.5, Enner Valencia (LM): 7, Michael Estrada (CF): 6.5, Jeremy Sarmiento (Sub): 6, Kevin Rodríguez (Sub): 6, Romario Ibarra (Sub): 6

What Does The Result Mean?

Qatar gets disqualified as a result of the outcome. To qualify for the round of 16, the Netherlands needs a point against the hosts. If they succeed, Ecuador and Senegal will compete head-to-head for the remaining berth. Senegal would need to win to advance, while Ecuador merely needs a draw.

Netherlands vs Ecuador – Match Report

In a Group A matchup for the World Cup 2022, the Netherlands takes on Ecuador.

59′: Crossbar Plata smashes the bar with a powerful blow (NED 1-1 ECU)

49′ – Goal! Valencia scores an equalizer by converting a rebound from close range (NED 1-1 ECU)

No Goal at 45+2′! VAR disallows Estupinan’s equalizing goal for offside (NED 1-0 ECU)

32′ – Save! Noppert deflects Valencia’s thunderous strike that was heading towards the corner (NED 1-0 ECU)

6′ – Goal! Gakpo curls in a fantastic opening (NED 1-0 ECU)

Both sides won their opening matches by a score of 2-0. Thus goal differential may be necessary for qualification.

Day 5 | Other Highlights | FIFA World Cup 2022

  • England vs USA: In their goalless draw with Americans in Group B action in Qatar, the Three Lions lacked intensity.
  • Wales vs Iran: Two goals scored by Iran in the last seconds of the second half sealed a 2-0 victory over ten-man Wales, ending their slim chance of advancing to the round of 16.
  • Qatar vs Senegal: Two games into the World Cup, hosts Qatar have already been eliminated after losing to Senegal 3-1 at Al Thumama Stadium.