Ecuador vs. Senegal: World Cup 2022 – Live | World Cup 2022

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I met Enner Valencia eight years ago at a media event and later wrote this.

It’s September 2014 and West Ham United are hosting a press launch for Club London, a corporate hospitality program for their move to the Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2016. As is usual at such events, the first-team players are wheeled out to chat with the media to speak . New striker Enner Valencia, who just scored in the 3-1 win over Liverpool, has a crowd of reporters around him and shares his reasons for deciding to become Hammer.

“I knew West Ham mostly from movies,” he says through a translator. “And I know the supporters were very passionate.”

“Which movies?”

Two journalists ask the question at the same time. Valencia smiles and the translator starts to look nervous. There is a break.

“He means ‘Green Road’,” says the translator finally. The room erupts in laughter. A corporate junket has completely strayed from the message. ‘Green Street’, or ‘Green Street Hooligans’ to use the American cinema title, is a film about a West Ham hooligan, named after the street on which Upton Park, the club’s current home, is located.

Jacob Steinberg was also there.

Two other changes in Ecuador are worth mentioning. Alan Franco and Carlos Gruezo join midfield while Jackson Porozo is on the bench and Jhegson “Gary” Mendez is suspended.

Matt Dony zings in: “Pathe is playing? That’s new to me. Boom. I’ll be here all week, try the non-alcoholic Budweiser.”

Got some squires too.

Enner Valencia starts for Ecuador, and has recovered sufficiently from a knee strain. He left the field injured towards the end of the two games his side have played so far.

Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse strengthened the midfield by adding Pathe Ciss in place of forward Famara Diedhiou, leaving Boulaye Dia as the sole center forward. Iliman Ndiaye and Ismaila Sarr add breadth to an attack.

The teams

Ecuador: Galindez, Angelo Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan, Franco, Gruezo, Caicedo, Plata, Estrada, Valencia. Subtitle: Arboleda, Cifuentes, Pacho, Ayrton Preciado, Ibarra, Ramirez, Arreaga, Mena, Sarmiento, Palacios, Dominguez, Reasco, Porozo, Rodriguez.

Senegal: Edouard Mendy, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Jakobs, Diallo, Ciss, Pape Gueye, Ndiaye, Idrissa Gueye, Ismaila Sarr, Dia. Subtitle: Seny Dieng, Formose Mendy, Cisse, Nampalys Mendy, Jackson, Moussa N’Diaye, Ballo-Toure, Diatta, Pape Sarr, Diedhiou, Ahmadou Dieng, Gomis, Name, Loum N’Diaye.

Beyond football, the true story of this World Cup.

The Supreme Committee has always claimed that there have been only three work-related deaths and 37 non-work-related deaths among migrant workers in World Cup stadiums since construction work began on the tournament in 2014.

In 2021, the Guardian published research showing that more than 6,500 migrant workers from five countries – India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – had died in Qatar between early 2011, the year after the country won the right to to host the world Cup and 2020.

And the last game round means it’s time for the permutations.

The Netherlands: A draw against Qatar is enough for Louis van Gaal’s men to qualify.

Ecuador: Ecuador only needs a draw against Senegal to advance.

Senegal: Senegal got to Beat Ecuador to overtake them.

Qatar are already eliminated and there remains the mathematical possibility that Senegal could qualify with a draw should the Netherlands suffer a tough defeat by Qatar, but given the hosts’ performances to date in the tournament it seems unlikely to factor that into the equation flows in.

If both Ecuador and the Netherlands win, the margin of victory and the number of goals scored will determine who leads the group. If they both win on Tuesday, they will end up with identical records, and their disciplinary records will determine who finishes first. The Netherlands are better at the moment, with a yellow card for Ecuador’s three. If these end up being equal then Fifa will draw lots to see who plays in which second round game.

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“They do this until 4 or 5 in the morning and look at all the great comments and enjoy all the Sh1te and it affects sleep patterns. You’re up until 5am looking at good comments and the same people behind you kill you the day after. So away with it, don’t look” – Australia coach Graham Arnold warns his players about the dangers of social media shame ahead of their flaming final group game against Denmark.

Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé also spoke at length.

I come from a country where we don’t like to lose. We’re always hungry for that win. Not making the round of 16 would be hard to stomach. We’re fine, we’re dealing with the pressure and stress. For me it’s good stress.

We understand that victory allows us to continue the adventure and that’s exactly what we intend to do. We know we were looking for a draw in 2018 when maybe the points would play in our favor, but that’s not the case tomorrow.

We have a very strong and experienced team, they are a well-oiled machine. We have the right mix of veterans and players, players who are used to this type of challenge.

On Enner Valencia: I hope he doesn’t play tomorrow. I don’t know exactly (Valencia) but I can see he’s a warrior and wants to be part of the team for a game like this.

I think the whole Ecuadorian team is a great team, they are very aggressive and they defend well. I know my team will be focused tomorrow.

Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro spoke before the game.

I’m convinced we’ve done everything we can, we’ve done our homework, hopefully tomorrow against Senegal who are a great team we’ll be strong and lucky enough and hopefully we’ll go through because we deserve it .

We respect the pecking order, but we need not fear. We remain calm, but that doesn’t mean we’re cocky, we’re not triumphant.

We have our own way of playing, we don’t just think about a draw. We have to come on the pitch and try to win the game… We create our own path. We want to go through, we want to seal our passage, we want to play the best World Cup in Ecuadorian history.


And now we enter sudden death, the final round of group games. Ecuador, with Enner Valencia one of the previous stars, need a draw to make it to the last 16. Senegal, who found an advantage by beating Qatar on Friday, must win to progress. Neither can count on Qatar to do them many favors in the Group A match taking place at the same time. And that was always the key game for both teams, with Ecuador’s draw against the Dutch reducing their danger.

Valencia, the tournament’s top scorer with three goals for Ecuador, was concerned after suffering a blow in the 1-1 draw with the Netherlands, while Aliou Cisse will be hoping Boulaye Dia and Famara Diedhiou can continue their scoring chances against the hosts in one 3-1 win.

Ecuador are aiming for a second time in the last 16, they achieve it in 2006 and lose to England. Senegal reached the quarter-finals in 2002, centered on Cissé as captain. To tie in with this great team and this year’s model – without Sadio Mané – and their Africa Cup of Nations win, all it takes is one win.

Kick-off at 15:00 UK time / 18:00 Mecca/Doha time. Accompany me.

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