The Netherlands did beat Senegal 0:2 in a game that was marked as a possible minefield, but the Orange were far from impressive and the expectation is that in the game against Ecuador the ability will also be good. Coach Louis van Hal said before the match: “Ecuador is a smarter and more organized opponent than Senegal, so the game will be more difficult.”
Holland wondered today whether Memphis Depay would start after he wasn’t 100 percent fit against Senegal and came off the bench, but Van Gaal only agreed to say that “I’m not going to reveal my cards.” When the journalists tried to get a hint as to whether Matthijs de Licht would again be favored over Jorain Timber, or if the latter would get the keys thanks to his speed, Van Gaal’s answer was the same.
After beating the host of the tournament, Qatar, and not being frightened by her enthusiasm, Ecuador will try to surprise the Netherlands, when a victory may also guarantee her a place in the round of 16 in a certain constellation.
Ener Valencia will continue to be the main man on the wing after he scored all 5 of his team’s last World Cup goals (2 in the current World Cup and 3 in 2014). The striker suffered an injury against Qatar, but returned to training and coach Gustavo Alfaro said he was optimistic about his participation.
Alfaro is also considering one change to hold more of the ball in the center of the pitch: Jeremy Sarmiento at the expense of Michael Estrada, but it is estimated that the latter will eventually start rather than changes in the Argentinian coach’s XI.
* Holland and Ecuador will meet for the third time in history, and for the first time in an official match. In the friendly match in 2006 the Orange won 0:1 and in this one in 2014 the result was 1:1.
* Ecuador has not conceded in 7 consecutive games. 4 of these 7 games ended in 0:0.
* Ecuador has met European opponents 7 times in the past in the World Cups and its record stands at 2 wins (Croatia in 2002 and Poland in 2006), 4 losses and 1 draw.
* The Netherlands have not lost 14 consecutive games in the group stage of the World Cup.
The composition of the groups
Coach: Louis van Hal
The game setup
3M. De Licht
4and. Van Dyck
21P. De Jong
7S. in Rahwayin
Coach: Gustavo Alfaro
The game setup
3P. The Hinkapie
House AGroup games victories draw losses gates points 1
Ecuador1 1 0 0 0-2 3 2
Netherlands1 1 0 0 0-2 3 3
Senegal1 0 0 1 2-0 0 4
Qatar1 0 0 1 2-0 0
The last round games in the second house
29.11, 17:00 | Netherlands – Qatar
29.11, 17:00 | Ecuador – Senegal
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