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World Cup 2022: Netherlands vs Ecuador Match Preview | football news

Who: Netherlands vs Ecuador, Group A
Where: Khalifa International Stadium
When: Friday, 25 November, 7PM (16:00 GMT)

The Netherlands Orange squad – a mix of veterans like Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk and youngsters like forward Cody Gakpo, assembled by coaching legend Louis van Gaal – looks to re-establish itself as a force to be reckoned with after missing the 2018 World Cup. trying. Russia.

“In my opinion, the team we have is a great mix of experience and talent, and the team spirit is incredible,” Van Dijk said in a GQ interview just before the tournament began. “We don’t have superstars and in some ways that can help, but so far we’re really enjoying playing with each other as a team, as a group.”

“I think everyone is confident within the camp and within the group and the manager,” said the Oranje captain.

Two late goals by Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaasen against Senegal in the first game on 21 November helped put their mission on a good track.

The team will be hoping to use their dangerous counterattacking style to inflict more pain in their second game against Ecuador, who were buoyed by their 2-0 defeat of hosts Qatar.

The game will start at 7 PM at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Both teams go into their second match knowing that a win will cement their position ahead of any final match-day blues.

Ecuadorean fans celebrate outside the El Bayt stadium.  One, wearing a jester hat with Ecuadorian colors, smiles at the camera
Ecuador fans celebrate outside Al Bayt Stadium after Qatar’s defeat FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

On the Dutch side, the Barcelona attacker, Memphis Depay, whose runs had weakened Senegal’s defense in the second half of the first match, came off the bench, having not played since mid-September due to a hamstring injury.

He is expected to play this second game from the start and lead the quest to get a good result at the earliest rather than leaving it late as was the case with Senegal.

Gakpo, one of the hottest prospects in world football, could be just as dangerous as he continues what pundits are calling auditions for Europe’s biggest club sides.

But Ecuador manager Gustavo Julio Alfaro will be banking on two-goal hero Ener Valencia to help the South American team pull off a third major upset in Qatar – after Germany’s defeat to Japan and Argentina’s loss to Saudi Arabia.

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