The stakes for the Group A match between co-leaders Netherlands and Ecuador could involve mathematical qualification to the Round of 16 for the winner depending on what happens earlier in the day.
Qatar and Senegal will kick off earlier on Friday, and if that match ends in a draw, the winner of Netherlands vs. Ecuador will be guaranteed a spot in the Round of 16.
Both teams are in this position after winning their group openers, each by a 2-0 scoreline. Two early Enner Valencia goals in the first half took down host nation Qatar. Meanwhile, the Netherlands left it late against Senegal. Cody Gakpo came through with six minutes remaining, and Davy Klaassen sealed it deep in stoppage time.
The conversation ahead of the match revolved around the health of the top goal scorer for each team. Memphis Depay can go 45 minutes, according to head coach Louis van Gaal, as he continues his road back to full fitness. Meanwhile, Ecuador confirmed there is no existing injury that would prevent captain Valencia from playing after he hobbled off with a knee complaint at the weekend.
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Netherlands vs Ecuador live score
Netherlands (3-4-3, right to left): 23-Noppert (GK) — 3-De Ligt, 4-Van Dijk, 5-Ake — 22-Dumfries, 11-Berghuis, 21-De Jong, 17-Blind — 8-Gakpo — 18-Janssen, 7-Bergwijn
Ecuador (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Galindez (GK) — 25-Porozo, 2-F. Torres, 3-Hincapie — 17-Preciado, 20-Mendez, 23-Caicedo, 7-Estupinan — 19-Plata, 11-Estrada, 13-Valencia
Netherlands vs Ecuador live updates, highlights from 2022 World Cup
4 hrs 45 mins from kickoff: The referee for today’s match hails from Algeria.
🚨🇩🇿 Algerian official Mustapha Ghorbal to referee the group stage match between Holland and Ecuador. pic.twitter.com/Wy3SYcEjvg
— Dean Ammi (@AlgerianFooty) November 23, 2022
5 hrs from kickoff: Here’s how many minutes we can expect from Memphis Depay today.
Van Gaal: “Memphis Depay played 30 minutes, the next step is to play 45. His injury makes it difficult to determine when he can start, so we have to keep track of his recovery process.” pic.twitter.com/tYpl4kozP6
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 25, 2022
Netherlands vs Ecuador lineups, team news
To start Memphis Depay or not? If Van Gaal is expecting the same intense, physical start to the match from their South American opponent that was shown in the opener against Qatar, it might be best to preserve Depay for the second half and let Vincent Janssen battle the Ecuadorean defenders until then.
Meanwhile, Andries Noppert should continue to start in goal after the shutout against Senegal.
Netherlands (3-4-1-2, right to left): 23-Andries Noppert (GK) — 3-Matthijs De Ligt, 4-Virgil Van Dijk, 5-Nathan Ake — 22-Denzel Dumfries, 11-Steven Berghuis, 21-Frenkie De Jong, 17-Daley Blind — 8-Cody Gakpo — 18-Vincent Janssen, 7-Steven Bergwijn
According to Ecuador beat reporter Jocelyn Vera, La Tri will be lining up in a 3-4-3 formation to match the Netherlands lineup.
Troyes defender Jackson Porozo comes into the picture as the third center-back with winger Romario Ibarra making way. The front three would consist of Real Valladolid’s Gonzalo Plata, target man Michael Estrada, and Enner Valencia.
Ecuador (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Hernan Galindez (GK) — 25-Jackson Porozo, 2-Felix Torres, 3-Piero Hincapie — 17-Angelo Preciado, 20-Sebastian Jhegson Mendez, 23-Moises Caicedo, 7-Pervis Estupinan — 19-Gonzalo Plata, 11-Michael Estrada, 13-Enner Valencia
Netherlands vs Ecuador live stream, TV channel
It’s a battle for the top spot in Group A at the Khalifa International Stadium as the joint leaders go head-to-head. The team that finishes in first place will avoid a potential Round of 16 matchup against the winner of Group B, currently led by England.
Ecuador left the best impression in the opening round against hosts Qatar, but the Dutch showed grit and poise in holding off Senegal and pouncing late to win their opener.
An upset result here by the unfancied No. 44-ranked South American side is not entirely out of the question. Here’s how you can watch all the action in the major global territories.
|USA||Friday, Nov. 25||11:00 ET||Fox, Telemundo||fuboTV,
Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app,
|Canada||Friday, Nov. 25||11:00 EST||TSN,
|UK||Friday, Nov. 25||16:00 GMT||ITV 1,
|ITV Hub / ITVX,
STV Player (Scotland)
|Australia||Sat, Nov. 26||03:00 AEDT||SBS||SBS On Demand|
|India||Fri, Nov. 25||21:30 IST||Sports18||Voot, JioTV|
|Hong Kong||Sat, Nov. 26||00:00 HKT||Now TV (Ch. 616, 618)||Now TV|
|Malaysia||Sat, Nov. 26||00:00 MYT||Astro, RTM TV2,
|Singapore||Sat, Nov. 26||00:00 SGT||StarHub (Ch. 251/252), Singtel TV||Singtel TV GO, CAST, StarHub TV+, MeWatch|
|New Zealand||Sat, Nov. 26||05:00 NZDT||Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports||Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW|
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