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The Netherlands and Ecuador want the eighth

The Netherlands and Ecuador want the eighth.

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The Netherlands and Ecuador want the eighth

The Netherlands and Ecuador want the eighth


The teams from the Netherlands and Ecuador will measure forces this Friday (5:00 p.m.) in the second day of Group A of the World Cup in Qatar with the aim of adding their second victory and opting to seal their ticket to the round of 16.

Both the 'Oranje' and 'La Tri' carried out their respective debuts against Senegal (2-0) and against the hostess (2-0), with a little more solvency on the part of the South American team since Louis van Gaal's men suffered and they failed to open the scoring until minute 84 and when they were having a worse time.

With this endorsement, your chances of being at the first crossing increase. In fact, the winner of the match would ensure it if there was a draw in the other game in the group, but if the latter did not happen, the Netherlands would go through with their victory and Senegal's, and Ecuador with theirs and Qatar's. .

Gustavo Alfaro's team left a good image in its debut, led by striker Enner Valencia, author of the two goals, but who is precisely the biggest concern for the Argentine coach. The Fenerbahce player suffered a slight knee sprain that forced him to be substituted and his presence is still doubtful to harm the trio of Dutch central defenders.

Ecuador will try to maintain its good defensive discipline that it has been consolidating in recent years against a theoretically superior opponent in the technical facet and that will try to gain control of the game through the quality and drive of Frenkie de Jong and the speed on the flanks .

However, the triple runner-up in the world will have to once again take care of her physical appearance, one of 'La Tri's' strengths and one that could be key if the game drags on. The minutes took their toll on the 'Oranje' against the African team and that was when they suffered without being able to control.

Despite the victory in the debut, Van Gaal, who sees Ecuador as "a more difficult opponent" than Senegal, could add something new to his eleven, with the possible entry of FC Barcelona striker Memphis Depay in attack, while Alfaro , optimistic about the presence of Valencia, could also make some adjustments with the entry into the middle of the veteran Gruezo and even dropped that he does not rule out a change of system and put with three centrals.

This duel will be the first official confrontation between the two teams after having seen each other in two friendlies, with a draw to one goal in 2014, with Memphis, Blind, Gruezo and Van Gaal as survivors, and a Dutch victory (1-0) in 2006 .

PAÍSES BAJOS: Noopert; De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Gapko, De Jong, De Roon, Blind; Bergwijn y Memphis.

ECUADOR: Galindez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapié, Estupiñán; Gruezo, Moisés Caicedo; Silver, Valencia, Ibarra; and Road.

--ÁRBITRO: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG).

--ESTADIO: Khalifa International.

--TIME: 5:00 p.m./World Goal-Movistar.

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