World Cup 2022 LIVE: Netherlands vs Ecuador team news and line-ups from encounter in Group A

Van Gaal – Netherlands have put a ‘full stop’ to non-playing matters in Qatar

A place in the last 16 is on offer for the winning team when Ecuador and the Netherlands meet in Group A this afternoon. The South American side impressively defeated Qatar 2-0 in the opening match of World Cup 2022 and know that a second victory today would see them safely into the knockout rounds. The same can be said of the Netherlands who left it late in their opener against Senegal before eventually collecting all three points.

Enner Valencia was the man of the moment for Ecuador, scoring both goals in Al Khor, and delivering a commanding centre forward performance. He’s also the captain of the side and will need to match his previous display should his team have hopes of defeating the Dutch this afternoon.

Louis van Gaal’s side shared their goals with lauded attacker Cody Gakpo and midfielder Davy Klaassen late goalscorers against Senegal on Monday. The European team are favoured to progress quite far at this tournament after missing the 2018 edition and securing knockout football with a game to go will see them live up to their pre-tournament hype.

Both sides will have a good view of how Group A is shaping up as this match takes place following Qatar and Senegal’s must-win clash.

Follow all the action with our live blog below, after the conclusion of Qatar vs Senegal:

Netherlands vs Ecuador

Full live coverage following the conclusion of Qatar vs Senegal in Group AThe Netherlands face Ecuador in a World Cup 2022 Group A encounter at 4pm GMTBoth teams won opening fixutres 2-0 and today’s winner will reach last 16Show latest update

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Qatar 1-3 Senegal

90+3 mins: Solid game management from Senegal who are focussing on maintaining possession and keeping the ball away from their opponents.

Half of stoppage time has come and gone. Senegal are on the verge of a solid victory.

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:56

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Qatar 1-3 Senegal

90 mins: There’s six minutes of added time to play. Six minutes for Qatar to save their World Cup campaign, however unlikely that seems.

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:54

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Qatar 1-3 Senegal

87 mins: Pathe Ciss lunges into a challenge on Mohamad and takes the defender out just inside Senegal’s final third. The African substitute is shown a yellow card and Qatar are awarded a free kick.

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

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:52

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GOAL! Qatar 1-3 Senegal (Dieng, 84’)⚽️

84 mins: Brilliant response!

That should be that now. Senegal work the ball slowly up the pitch before sliding it into the right hand side of the box. It gets cutback to Bamba Dieng who drifts away from Boualem Khouki before blasting his effort into the back of the net.

Senegal can start the celebrations.

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:46

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Qatar 1-2 Senegal

81 mins: The noise level inside the stadium has gone up a few decibels since that goal. Senegal need to switch back on. They’ve allowed Qatar to repeatedly strike at them without reply.

There’s less than 10 minutes of play to go but there should be plenty of added time. Qatar are not out of this one at all, can they score an equaliser?

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:45

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GOAL! Qatar 1-2 Senegal (Muntari, 78’)⚽️

78 mins: Qatar have a goal!

Qatari substitute Mohammed Muntari gives the host a lifeline with a brilliant goal. The ball is worked over to the byline on the right hand side and Ismail Mohamad manages to keep it alive.

There’s no urgency from Senegal to close him down so he has time to pick his spot in the box. He sends in the cross and Muntari leaps towards the ball, meeting it with a powerful header that leaves Edouard Mendy rooted to the spot.

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:41

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Qatar 0-2 Senegal

72 mins: Homam performs a showy spin over the ball on the left wing and gets clipped by Nampalys Mendy winning Qatar a free kick.

The free kick is floated over to the back post where Boualem Khoukhi volleys a pass back across goal. The ball hits Famara Diedhou and bounces behind for a corner.

This is good pressure from Qatar. If they can score then there’ll be an exciting finish to this game.

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:37

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Qatar 0-2 Senegal

69 mins: Close! Senegal had seemingly switched off having taken a two goal lead but they work it nicely down the right side and slip Nampalys Mendy into the box.

He brings the ball under control then shoots on the spin, lifting his effort just over the crossbar. The more Qatar press forward the more opportunities Senegal will get to extend their lead.

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:33

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Qatar 0-2 Senegal

66 mins: Save! Edouard Mendy take a bow!

Another fantastic cross from almost gets Qatar their first goal of the World Cup. This one comes in from the left wing and picks out the late run from Ismail Mohamad. He meets the ball with a volley off his shin but he’s close to goal and it takes a reactionary save from Mendy to lift it wide of the post!

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:31

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Qatar 0-2 Senegal

63 mins: Save! Edouard Mendy was fuming over Hassan long-ranged effort and he’s annoyed agains after coming to the resuce for Senegal.

Qatar flicks the ball into the box and Almoez Ali bursts in between the centre-backs, brings the ball down on his chest then guides a left-footed effort towards the near bottom corner.

The ball is sneaking in but Mendy’s low, full-length dive pushes it wide of the upright!

Michael Jones25 November 2022 14:28

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