PREVIEW (via Reuters)
Ecuador or the Netherlands would take a huge step towards the second round of the World Cup if either of them can secure victory in Friday’s Group A match at the Khalifa International Stadium after both sides won their first match in Qatar.
But while Ecuador has set itself the goal of reaching the round of 16, as they did in Germany in 2006, the Dutch will look to improve significantly to support manager Louis van Gaal’s claim that they can go on and win. world championship. A cup.
The Netherlands were far from their best performance in a 2-0 win over African champions Senegal in Monday’s first group match.
Netherlands: Noppert, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake, Dumfries, Berguis, De Jong, Blind, Gakpo, Bergwijn, Depay
Ecuador: Galindez, Estupinan, Hincapi, Torres, Preciado, Fee, Mendez, Caicedo, Sarmiento, Valencia, Ibarra
Van Gaal was pleased with the three points and the confirmation of his surprise decision to make his international debut to goalkeeper Andris Noppert, but criticized the manner of victory, as did captain Virgil van Dijk.
“We won, but we also know that we can and should play better,” said the skipper.
“Moving forward, we sometimes tried to force things and too often exposed ourselves to Senegalese counterattacks. This is an area in which we need to improve, because this is an art in which our next rivals, Ecuador, are very good.
“But I am optimistic because I feel that we will get better,” Van Dijk added.
Ecuador is confident that Enner Valencia, who scored both goals in Sunday’s 2-0 win against Qatar, will be ready to play despite some concerns about a knee sprain.
Goalkeeper Hernan Galindez said Saudi Arabia’s shock victory over Argentina on Tuesday proved that there are no unbeatable teams.
“I think that the defeat of Argentina will not be the last surprise of this World Cup,” he added.
“Despite the victory of the Netherlands, they were equal against Senegal. Of course, there are ways to harm the Netherlands.
“It will be a tough match, but I expect the Netherlands to treat us with respect,” added the 35-year-old.
The Dutch are likely to give Memphis Depay a start after he came off the bench against Senegal in his first match in two months after battling a hamstring injury.
Last five matches of the Netherlands
Beat Senegal 2-0
Beat Belgium 1-0
Beat Poland 2-0
Beat Wales 3-2
Draw 2:2 with Poland
Ecuador’s last five matches
Defeat Qatar 2-0
Draw 0:0 with Egypt
Draw 0:0 with Japan
Draw 0:0 with Saudi Arabia
Defeat Cape Verde 1-0
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
Where will the Netherlands vs Ecuador World Cup match start?
The Netherlands-Ecuador match will start at the Khalifa Stadium.
When will the World Cup match between the Netherlands and Ecuador start?
The Netherlands vs Ecuador match will begin on November 25, 2022 at 9:30 pm ET.
Where can I watch the Netherlands vs Ecuador match in India?
The World Cup match between the Netherlands and Ecuador will be broadcast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be streamed live on JioCinema.
Where can I watch the Netherlands vs Ecuador outside of India?
The following list shows where you can watch the Netherlands vs Ecuador outside of India:
USA – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: STV, TSN; Live streaming: fuboTV, TSN App
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live streaming: BBC iPlayer, BBC sports website.
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Broadcast: SBS on Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live broadcast: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live streaming: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live streaming: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro