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NETHERLANDS are taking on Ecuador in their crucial Group A clash RIGHT NOW – and they lead 1-0 thanks to Cody Gakpo’s stunning strike!

Earlier in their group this afternoon, Senegal defeated hosts Qatar 3-1.

And this means that should the game end in a draw today then Qatar will be knocked out.

The Dutch had failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, so are playing with renewed impetus over in Qatar.

  • Kick-off: 4pm UK
  • TV channel: ITV 1
  • Live stream: ITV X
  • Netherlands XI: Noppert, Dumfries, Timber, Van Dijk, Ake, Blind, Koopmeiners, F. de Jong, Klaassen, Gakpo, Bergwijn
  • Ecuador XI: Galindez, Caicedo, Estrada, Estupinan, Hincapie, Mendez, Plata, Porozo, Preciado, Torres, Valencia

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  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    44. The football action has cooled so much that the cameraman has resorted to capturing attractive women in the crowd.

    There should not be any first-half injury time, just the standard hour-and-half at the end expected.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    42. Valencia and Dumfries having a bit of aggro off the ball. But only handbags.

    Rafael van der Vaart is in the crowd, taking up a couple of seats.

    Thankfully there are plenty empty as usual.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    39. Ecuador could have folded after going behind so early but they remain right in this race.

    The Dutch want time and space to create but are getting almost none of either.

    One moment of Enner Valencia magic could even things up.

    But Memphis Depay is expected after the interval and he is tasty too.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    33. SAVE!

    Enner Valencia cuts in from the left wing and takes aim with his right.

    The effort is hard and true headed for the bottom left corner.

    But Noppert dives down to his right and parries away.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    33. The is an increasing bit of needle arising from this game.

    Pushing and pulling at corners and firm-but-fair tackles.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    31. Holland corner after a speedy break into the Ecuador half.

    Pushing and shoving again in the box and both sides taking risks with their physicality.

    Ecuador clear and the atmosphere cools.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    28. Ecuador corner after a fast but fruitless attack.

    Holland are on the back foot but holding firm.

    There is a scuffle in the box and the ref is watching.

    It’s cleared for a second corner and then for a goal kick.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    22. Holland want to patiently and cleverly create chances with overlaps and neat passes.

    But Ecuador harrass and press them so much that everything is rushed and comes to nothing.

    But the Netherlands are a solid defensive unit and Ecuador need more of their guile to equalise.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    19. Ake pings one into Klassen but another Dutch attack is stifled.

    This Ecuador side does look particularly gifted but they are dogged and disciplined.

    Holland are going to be tested, even though they have the early cushion.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    16. Bit of midfield pinball before Valencia breaks down the left but runs the ball out of play.

    Timber shields the ball out for a goal kick.

    You wood have to be really in form to get past the Dutch defender.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    12. Ecquador are not shellshocked from going behind.

    They are pressing and passing and tying to impose themselves on the leaders.

    Ake and VdV look ice cool at the back, though.

    Timer looks a natural at soaking up pressure too.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    11. Timber chops down Valencia.

    Need I say more?

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    9. All the the pre-match talk was about Ecuador’s watertight defence.

    They had gone 712 games, 9 Prime Ministers and two visits from Halley’s Comet without conceding.

    Then they last five minutes against the Dutch.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    7. Klassen nicked the ball off the Ecuador defence and fed Holland’s most in-form striker.

    The forward took two touches to the ball out from under his fast feet.

    And then he unleashed a howitzer into the stanchion.

  • Holland 1 – 0 Ecuador

    6. GAKPO BANGER!

    A left-foot piledriver flies in the top bin.

    Pick that out

  • Holland 0 – 0 Ecuador

    4. Ecuador have an injury with Preciado down and needing treatment.

    The defender gets to his feet but has to go off.

    A bit of physio TLC appears to have cured him and we have 11 v 11 again.

  • Holland 0 – 0 Ecuador

    2. The Dutch controlling the ball with Total Football.

    Ecuador are not pressing too high or desperately.

    Edgar Davids is wearing sunglasses on the bench. Well you would too if you were Eddie Davies

  • Headache

    Some Dutch fans are wearing traditional Arabic head dresses in the stadium.

    There are reports that fans are not allowed to drink alcohol while wearing such outfits.

    So lets hope they’re teetotal or have alternative clothes under their orange robes.

  • EcuaRoar

    The boys belt out their anthem with some gusto.

    Valencia shuts his eyes tightly as studies have shown voluntary blindness can increase singing volume by up to 3 per cent.

    They are up for this.

  • Ecuabore at the back

    The yellow underdogs are on a run of seven consecutive clean sheets starting way back in March.

    The Dutchm, though, have kept four clean sheets in their last four World Cup matches and have their eye on equalling the tournament record of five.

    A goal fest is not on the cards.

  • Beginning of the Enner

    Ecuardor ace Enner Valencia kicked the Qatar tournament off with a classy brace against the hosts.

    But how will the sharp shooter fare against the Dutch and their star defender Virgil van Dijk?

    The Liverpool leader has struggled at times in the Prem this season. Can he be exposed again?

  • Ecualiser?

    The South Americans go 5-4-1 in a defensive bid to blockade against the Dutch attack.

    Expect wave after to wave of orange skill and flair.

    But we have seen a few superb upsets so far and would love another.

  • Sub Standard

    Some real aces in the dug-out hole for Netherlands today.

    De Ligt, Depay and De Jong all start on the bench.

    Will it be D-Dady for the Dutch or Ecuador?

  • Group A state of play

    So here is the Group A table.

    And this means that if this next game is a draw then hosts Qatar will be the first team knocked out.

    There will be no way of them reaching four points with one game left.

  • Atmosphere building

    The fans are arriving in their droves in Doha.

    Not long to kick-off now.

    And remember, if it is a draw then hosts Qatar will be knocked OUT.

    Credit: AFP
    Credit: AFP



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