Senegal no longer has a choice. The Netherlands and Ecuador neutralized each other (1-1) on Friday in Doha and will be in favorable ballot next Tuesday when aiming for the knockout stages of this World Cup-2022. The Lions will have to beat the South Americans.
The Oranje will be in the best position to validate their ticket for the next round, they who will face this weak Qatar, the first country out of this World Cup, while the “Tri” will have to avoid defeat in a cleaver match against Senegal.
Early Friday evening, the 44,833 spectators at the Khalifa stadium experienced a funny scenario with a quick goal from the Oranje before a slow but spectacular awakening of the “Tricolor”.
The Ecuadorians, who remained on a series of seven games without having conceded a goal, were indeed taken cold from the 6th minute: Davy Klaassen recovered the ball in the axis and passed it to Cody Gakpo who scored his second goal this week thanks to a left shot close to the goal post defended by Hernan Galindez.
Valencia scores and is injured
Knocked out by this disastrous introduction, the men of Gustavo Alfaro took half an hour to recover. It took a distant shot of the inevitable Enner Valenciaremarkably released by Andries Noppert (32nd), to wake up his family.
The Ecuadorians then experienced as an injustice the cancellation of a goal of Pervis Estupinan for a position offside Jackson Porozowhich hindered Noppert’s vision according to the referees (45 + 3).
Frustration, however, turned into relief on the return from the locker room with the third goal of Valencia since the start of the tournament, in the 49th minute.
This achievement also means that the Fenerbahçe striker has scored the last six goals for Ecuador in the final phase of the World Cup (2014 and therefore 2022)!
But the selection scorer, hit in the left knee (as against Qatar), left the field on a stretcher ten minutes from time, before placing an imposing pocket of ice on his bruised joint.
Virgil van Dijk and his teammates, they, if they remain well placed to reach the next round, and even to finish at the top of the group – they will start very largely favorites against Qatar -, cannot however be delighted with their level of play.