Netherlands vs Ecuador LIVE commentary: Oranje and La Tri look to build on opening wins and seal World Cup last-16 place

The Netherlands and Ecuador will both be bidding to continue their fine starts to the World Cup when they clash this afternoon.

La Tri were too powerful for hosts Qatar and recovered after seeing an early goal ruled out to secure a 2-0 victory.

Ecuador were impressive against Qatar and could seal their place in the next round with a win

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Ecuador were impressive against Qatar and could seal their place in the next round with a win

Meanwhile, the Dutch were laboured against Senegal and had Edouard Mendy to thank for their win after two errors from the Chelsea goalkeeper allowed Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen to score in another 2-0 triumph.

But Louis van Gaal’s men will seek to turn in a much more complete performance when these two meet live on talkSPORT 2.

A win for ether side would guarantee their place in the next round of the World Cup, so this should be a fascinating affair.

Netherlands vs Ecuador: talkSPORT coverage

This World Cup Group A clash will get underway at 4pm on Friday, November 25.

The match will take place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

The action will be live on talkSPORT2 with commentary from Ian Danter and former England striker Dean Ashton.

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Manchester United target Cody Gakpo scored the crucial opener against Senegal

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Manchester United target Cody Gakpo scored the crucial opener against Senegal


Netherlands vs Ecuador: Squads and team news

Memphis Depay started the Senegal game on the bench, so will hope to be involved for the Oranje.

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s hero Enner Valencia is the tournament’s joint-top goalscorer and is expected to start again.

As it stands, neither side have any injury concerns.

Ecuador

  • Goalkeepers: Alexander Dominguez, Hernan Galindez, Moises Ramirez
  • Defenders: Pervis Estupinan, Angelo Preciado, Piero Hincapie, Xavier Arreaga, Diego Palacios, Jackson Porozo, Robert Arboleda, Felix Torres, William Pacho
  • Midfielders: Moises Caicedo, Jose Cifuentes, Alan Franco, Jhegson Mendez, Carlos Gruezo, Gonzalo Plata, Angel Mena, Ayrton Preciado, Romario Ibarra, Jeremy Sarmiento
  • Strikers: Enner Valencia, Michael Estrada, Djorkaeff Reasco, Kevin Rodriguez

Netherlands

  • Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow, Remko Pasveer, Andries Noppert
  • Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake, Daley Blind, Jurrien Timber, Denzel Dumfries, Stefan de Vrij, Mathijs de Ligt, Tyrell Malacia, Jeremie Frimpong
  • Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Steven Berghuis, Davy Klaassen, Teun Koopmeiners, Cody Gakpo, Marten de Roon, Kenneth Taylor, Xavi Simons
  • Forwards: Memphis Depay, Steven Bergwijn, Vincent Janssen, Luuk de Jong, Noa Lang, Wout Weghorst

Netherlands vs Ecuador: Match facts

  • This is only the third meeting between the Netherlands and Ecuador, with the previous two coming in friendlies in March 2006 (1-0 win for Netherlands) and May 2014 (1-1 draw).
  • The Netherlands have lost just two of their 14 FIFA World Cup matches against South American opponents (W8 D4), losing the 1978 final against Argentina, and a quarter-final meeting with Brazil in 1994.
  • Ecuador have won just two of their seven FIFA World Cup meetings with European sides (D1 L4), beating Croatia in 2002 and Poland in 2006.
  • Ecuador have kept a clean sheet in each of their last seven matches in all competitions (W3 D4), with Argentina’s Julián Álvarez the last player to score against them back in March.
  • Netherlands have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four World Cup games, their longest ever run in the competition. The last nation to keep five in a row were Switzerland, between 2006 and 2010.
  • Netherlands are unbeaten in their last 14 group stage games at the World Cup – only Germany (16 between 1990 and 2010) and Brazil* have had longer such unbeaten runs in the tournament. *Brazil are unbeaten in 15 group stage games ahead of this tournament, and could be 16 by the time Netherlands play again.
  • Ecuador are looking to win consecutive World Cup matches in the same edition for only the second time, previously winning their first two matches in 2006 to qualify for the knockout stages.
  • Enner Valencia has scored each of Ecuador’s last five goals at the World Cup. In the history of the competition, only three players have ever scored six consecutive goals for a nation – Eusébio for Portugal in 1966, Paolo Rossi for Italy in 1982 and Oleg Salenko for Russia in 1994.
  • Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has lost none of his eight World Cup matches in charge (W6 D2, excluding shootouts). Only Vittorio Pozzo (9 – W8 D1) has managed more games without ever losing in the competition.
  • With Davy Klaassen and Cody Gakpo scoring against Senegal, Netherlands had two different players score in their first World Cup appearance for the first time since Wim Jonk and Gaston Taument did so against Saudi Arabia in 1994. Memphis Depay (2014) is the only player to score in both of his first two World Cup games for Netherlands.

talkSPORT World Cup 2022 Coverage

talkSPORT will be offering wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup

We’ll be broadcasting all 64 games in the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network.

You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.

talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

You can also download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.


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