Qatar became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament. The Dutch and Ecuador each have four points, Senegal has three. Qatar are without points after losing their opening game 0-2 to Ecuador and then losing 1-3 to Senegal earlier on Friday. Whatever happens in their final match against the Dutch on Tuesday, they cannot qualify.
The Netherlands took an early lead in the game kodi gakpo Scored the fastest goal of the tournament in the sixth minute, but his dominance did not last long. The goal inspired Ecuador to improve their game and set the conditions, especially in the second half. The equalizer for the South American side came early in the second half when their charismatic captain Enner Valencia Scored his third goal of the tournament in the 49th minute.
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Ecuador kept up the pressure for the winner and registered 15 shots on goal with four on target in the game, while the Dutch managed just two attempts, including the opening goal.
The 33-year-old Valencia tapped in his third goal of the tournament off a rebound in the second half after Cody Gakpo put the Dutch ahead with a superb shot in the sixth minute.
Ecuador had a weak first half as Louis van Gaal’s side looked comfortable but slow. But the South Americans, roared by a sizable contingent of yellow at the Khalifa International Stadium, stepped up a gear in the second half and could have won it when gonzalo plataThe strike hit the crossbar.
In the 59th minute Plato fired a powerful shot over the woodwork as the South Americans went from strength to strength, applying a physically demanding press to continually draw the Dutch away from the ball, allowing their opponents to play their usual flowing game Did not get
It was a most promising start for the Dutch, who were looking for their second win of the tournament, which would have ensured they were the first team to qualify for the knockout stages, when Gakpo scored.
back to his defense by a stray ball moises caicedo It was stolen by Davy Klaasen, who then freed Gakpo to take over possession and slammed a left-footed rocket into the net.
But it was just as good for Louis Van Gaal’s team. Valencia’s clever pass in the 24th minute sent Caedo down the left, although his touch was heavy and allowed the Dutch to make an interception, prompting a large number of their fans to shout and energize the Ecuadorian players. .
Shortly after the half-hour mark, Valencia cut inside to fire a shot that saved Dutch goalkeeper Andries Knoppert down the stretch, and as they kept up the pressure, Ecuador fired the ball into the back of the net in first half stoppage time. Gave. Parvis Estupinen deflected the ball home.
However, this was ruled out as Jackson Porrozzo was both offside and standing in front of the goalkeeper and blocking his line of sight.
An equalizer four minutes into the second half was always on the cards, as Ecuador gained possession in midfield and fed Estupinen for a stinging shot down the left, which Knoppert did well to parry, but Valencia pounced on the rebound. Gave.
The 33-year-old, who went on near the end of the game, has now scored Ecuador’s last six World Cup final goals – three at the 2014 tournament in Brazil and three in Qatar.
(with inputs from agencies)