Netherlands vs Ecuador LIVE: Latest updates World Cup 2022

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Valencia and Ecuador train ahead of Dutch test in World Cup Group A

A place in the last 16 is in consideration for the winning team when Ecuador and the Netherlands meet in Group A this afternoon. The South American side impressively beat Qatar 2-0 in the opening leg of the 2022 World Cup and know a second win today would take them safely through to the knockout rounds. The same can be said of the Netherlands, which stopped late in their opener against Senegal before finally collecting all three runs.

Enner Valencia was the man of the moment for Ecuador, scoring both goals in Al Khor and delivering an impressive striker performance. He is also captain of the side and will have to match his previous performance if his team hopes to beat the Dutchman this afternoon.

Louis van Gaal’s team shared their goals on Monday with acclaimed forward Cody Gakpo and midfielder Davy Klaassen who were the late goalscorer against Senegal. The European team is favored to get quite far at this tournament after missing out on the 2018 edition and by securing knockout football with one game to go they will live up to their pre-tournament hype.

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FT Qatar 1-3 Senegal

Today has seen a major sports drama. Wales were beaten by two late goals from Iran after Wayne Hennessey was sent off to send them back to 10 men. They must now beat England on Tuesday for a chance to reach the last 16.

Then Senegal kicked off its campaign by beating Qatar 3-1. The hosts are on the brink of elimination and will be eliminated from the World Cup if the Netherlands avoid defeat to Ecuadar.

That game is next with a kick-off at 4 p.m. before England meets the US at 7 p.m. Gareth Southgate’s men will qualify – and most likely top the group – if they beat the USA tonight.

Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 3:29 PM

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Mohammed Muntari with a bit of history

Qatar face the prospect of an early World Cup elimination following their defeat to Senegal, but substitute Mohammed Muntari will always remember the match.

He became Qatar’s first ever World Cup goalscorer:

Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 3:21 PM

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Qatar is poised to exit the World Cup, but finally takes a blow in Senegal’s defeat

Qatar waited 12 years to host the World Cup, but it took perhaps only six days for the host nation to be knocked out. A 3-1 defeat to Senegal means Qatar is now at the mercy of the Netherlands: a win or draw against Ecuador this afternoon would send Qatar into an unwelcome World Cup past as the first host nation to be knocked out after two games.

However, Qatar did score a goal and put up a lot more of a fight in the second half than in their opening defeat to Ecuador. Mohammed Muntari delivered the historic moment of Qatar’s first World Cup goal with a superb header in the 78th minute that gave home supporters hope for a comeback. It was quickly put to bed by Bamba Dieng six minutes later, as the substitute restored Senegal’s two-goal lead.

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The hosts will regret not being braver. Once again, Felix Sanchez’ side lacked quality and ambition, as defensive mistakes sealed their doom and Qatar looked poorly visible on the pitch.

Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 3:16 PM

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FT Qatar 1-3 Senegal

Senegal is the first African team to record a win at the 2022 World Cup. The African champions are now up and running.

If the Netherlands beat Ecuador by two goals or more tonight, Aliou Cisse’s men only need one point from their last group match to advance to the knockout rounds.

Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 3:12 PM

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FT Qatar 1-3 Senegal

Qatar still has a slim chance of staying in the league, but need Ecuador to beat the Netherlands in today’s next match before defeating Louis van Gaal’s own side in the final round.

The hosts are as good as out of the World Cup and that will be confirmed if the Netherlands does not lose to Ecuador.

Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 3:07 PM

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Netherlands against Ecuador

A reaction has yet to come after Qatar’s exit from the World Cup and Senegal’s first win at the tournament. This is followed by the other group A game of the day in which the Netherlands will face Ecuador.

Here’s a look at the two lineups:

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

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 3:03 PM

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Full-time: Qatar 1-3 Senegal

90+6 minutes: that’s it! Qatar has been eliminated from the World Cup!

They were beaten 3-1 by Senegal and now cannot qualify for the knockout rounds. A glimpse of a silver lining was Mohammed Muntari scoring the country’s first-ever goal in the World Cup, but even that isn’t enough to keep supporters from leaving before the end of the game.

Senegal played at its own pace. They slumped forward and added a second either side of the break before a period of low concentration opened the door for Qatar.

Bamba Dieng came off the bench to ease the concerns and Senegal is up and running.

Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 3:00 PM

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Qatar 1-3 Senegal

90+3 min: Solid play management from Senegal who focus on keeping possession and keeping the ball away from their opponents.

Half of the stoppage time is over. Senegal is on the eve of a solid victory.

Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 2:56 PM

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Qatar 1-3 Senegal

90 min: There are six minutes of extra time to play. Six minutes for Qatar to save their World Cup campaign, unlikely as that may seem.

Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 2:54 PM

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Qatar 1-3 Senegal

87 min: Pathe Ciss throws in a challenge on Mohamad, knocking out the defender just inside Senegal’s final third. The African substitute receives a yellow card and Qatar receives a free kick.

They roll it to Abdelkarim Hassan who smokes a shot from range and pulls it just wide of the right post! That was close.

Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 2:52 PM

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