PREVIEW (via Reuters)
Ecuador or the Netherlands will take a big step towards the second round of the World Cup if they can both force a victory in Friday’s Group A clash at the Khalifa International Stadium after both sides won their opening games in Qatar.
But while Ecuador have their sights set on reaching the round of 16, as they did in Germany in 2006, the Dutch will be hoping for a significantly improved performance to back up coach Louis van Gaal’s claim that they can go ahead and win the World Cup.
The Netherlands were far from their best as they defeated African champions Senegal 2-0 in their first group game on Monday.
Netherlands: Noppert, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake, Dumfries, Berghuis, De Jong, Blind, Gakpo, Bergwijn, Depay
Ecuador: Galindez, Estupinan, Hincapie, Torres, Preciado, Plata, Mendez, Caicedo, Sarmiento, Valencia, Ibarra
Van Gaal was delighted with the three points and justifying his surprise decision to give goalkeeper Andries Noppert an international debut, but, like captain Virgil van Dijk, was critical of the manner of the win.
“We won, but we also know that we can and must do better,” said the skipper.
“Forward, we sometimes tried to force things and we exposed ourselves to Senegal’s counterattacks too often. It’s an area where we need to improve because it’s an art that our next opponents, Ecuador, are very good at.
“But I’m optimistic because I feel we’re going to get better,” added Van Dijk.
Ecuador are confident Enner Valencia, who scored both goals in Sunday’s 2-0 win over hosts Qatar, will be fit despite some concerns over a sprained knee.
Goalkeeper Hernan Galindez said Saudi Arabia’s shock win over Argentina on Tuesday proved that no team is unbeatable.
“I think Argentina’s defeat won’t be the last surprise of this World Cup,” he added.
“Despite the Netherlands’ victory, they were balanced against Senegal. There are certainly ways to harm the Netherlands.
“It’s going to be a tough game but I expect the Netherlands to treat us with respect,” added the 35-year-old.
The Dutch are likely to start Memphis Depay after he came on from the bench for his first game after suffering a hamstring injury against Senegal after two months.
The last five games of Netherlands
Beat Senegal 2-0
Beat Belgium 1-0
Beat Poland 2-0
Defeat Wales 3-2
Draw 2:2 against Poland
Ecuador’s last five games
Defeat Qatar 2-0
Draw 0-0 against Egypt
Draw 0-0 against Japan
0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia
Beat Cape Verde 1-0
WHEN AND WHERE TO SEE
Where will the World Cup game Netherlands vs. Ecuador kick off?
The game between the Netherlands and Ecuador will kick off at the Khalifa International Stadium.
When will the World Cup game Netherlands vs Ecuador kick off?
The game between Netherlands and Ecuador will kick off on November 25, 2022 at 21:30 IST.
Where can you watch Netherlands vs Ecuador game in India?
World Cup game Netherlands vs Ecuador will be broadcast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and iOS, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be streamed live on JioCinema.
Where can you watch Netherlands v Ecuador game outside of India?
The list below shows where you can watch the Netherlands vs Ecuador game outside of India:
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – Television: CTV, TSN; Live stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – Television: BBC One; Live stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live streaming: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singlet TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro