Preciado starred in a brilliant individual move on the right and crossed for Valencia, his shot rebounding off a Dutch defender and then hitting Plata, but his shot went off the crossbar. Ecuador puts all the pressure on you.
With the equalizing goal, Enner Valencia scored the last six! goals for Ecuador in World Cups, a record for any country in consecutive goals by a single player.
Once again, the star striker appeared. A serious mistake in the Dutch start allowed Caicedo to win and advance, his shot forced a save by Noppert, but Valencia was there to hit the rebound and tie the game.
With the change of Memphis Depay in place of Steven Bergwijn, referee Ghorbal kicked off the plugin. The Netherlands continues to win 1-0.
The Dutch striker’s goal ended a huge run that Gustavo Alfaro’s team had: it was the first time they had scored a goal in seven games. The last time it had happened was on the last date of the Qualifiers, when Julián Álvarez scored the first goal for the Argentine team against Ecuador; that match ended 1-1.
South American supporters took the opportunity to remember that Chile did not qualify for the World Cup because of its sixth place in the South American Qualifiers, based on a poster that asks when the trans-Andean team will play.
With all the Ecuadorian players still protesting to the referee for the disallowed goal, the two teams go to halftime with a very close result.
Pervis Estupiñán (through a deflection) thought he had equalized for Ecuador with a shot from outside the box, but referee Ghorbal interpreted Jackson Porozo as obstructing goalkeeper Noppert, and the result remains in favor of the Netherlands.
After a few frantic minutes at the halfway point of the first half, now both teams slowed down the game and seek to maintain possession of the ball. The Netherlands continues to win 1-0.
The striker received a great pass from Silver to then face Timber, hooking inside and pulling out a strong right hand, but Noppert was attentive to take it out for a corner. Ecuador grows with the passing of the minutes.
As Ecuador gains confidence, it begins to find in the Dumfries and Timber gang an avenue to seek attacks. But he also tends to make mistakes at the start, which can be used by the Netherlands as in the goal.
After an overflow from Gonzalo Plata, Alfaro’s team can now enter the rival area more often, although they still need the last touch to add chances of danger.
It is very difficult for Ecuador to get out of its half before the Dutch siege, which without the impetus of the first goals puts La Tri in trouble.
The early goal had a logical but strong impact on Alfaro’s team, which does not have the initiative it had shown in the early stages of the match. The Netherlands play more calmly.
Furious start for the Netherlands, who found the first goal of the game thanks to a strong shot from the left by Cody Gakpo, after a defensive error and an assist from Davy Klaassen. Ecuador loses 1-0.
Estrada moves and referee Mustapha Gorbal starts the match, which will define who will be the momentary leader of group A.
Alfaro and van Gaal’s teams entered the pitch to carry out all the previous formalities, ahead of what will be a duel of maximum tension.
The Ecuadorian and Dutch players already warmed up prior to the match to stay at the top of group A, before a Khalifa International stadium full of supporters from both countries.
The Argentine DT chose to remove Romario Ibarra to introduce another central defender, Jackson Porozo, to try to counter the Dutch attack. It is the only change that Ecuador presents with respect to the victory in the debut.
Louis van Gaal chooses to go with a similar scheme to face Ecuador, but with a couple of modifications: there will be no number 9 in the team, since Vincent Janssen was replaced by Davy Klaassen, who will stop, while Jurrien Timber will also will replace Matthijs de Ligt.
The European public also arrived in large numbers at the Khalifa stadium, where they promise to offer a climate of lots of color and noise at the match.
Ecuadorian fans are already filling the surroundings of the stadium and also the streets of the Qatari capital. When there is still an hour and a half left for the duel, they already point out the “locality”.
Tri supporters are already approaching the Khalifa international stadium with great expectations for the match, which could mark the fate of Alfaro’s team in the World Cup if they win.
The DT of Ecuador reflected on the previous triumph against Qatar in the conference prior to the match, indicating that his team still has pending accounts: “We have not yet achieved absolutely anything, and the most difficult things are coming, Ecuador played a good match against Qatar, what he did against Qatar is not going to reach him against the Netherlands or against Senegal, if we don’t improve, it will be very difficult for us to qualify”, stated the Argentine.
Welcome to the Liveblog of the third game of the day on Friday between Ecuador and the Netherlands, two teams that started very well on the first date of the World Cup in Qatar and now they will seek to get a new victory that increases their chances not only of going to the round of 16 final, but also to stay at the top of group A.