World Cup 2022 LIVE: Netherlands vs Ecuador latest score, goals and updates from Qatar — VAR disallows Pervis Estupinan equaliser

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Valencia and Ecuador train ahead of Netherlands test in World Cup Group A

A place in the last 16 is on offer for the winning team when Ecuador and the Netherlands meet in Group A this afternoon. The South American side impressively defeated Qatar 2-0 in the opening match of World Cup 2022 and know that a second victory today would see them safely into the knockout rounds. The same can be said of the Netherlands who left it late in their opener against Senegal before eventually collecting all three points.

Enner Valencia was the man of the moment for Ecuador, scoring both goals in Al Khor, and delivering a commanding centre forward performance. He’s also the captain of the side and will need to match his previous display should his team have hopes of defeating the Dutch this afternoon.

Louis van Gaal’s side shared their goals with lauded attacker Cody Gakpo and midfielder Davy Klaassen late goalscorers against Senegal on Monday. The European team are favoured to progress quite far at this tournament after missing the 2018 edition and securing knockout football with a game to go will see them live up to their pre-tournament hype.

Follow all the action with our live blog below:

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

HALF-TIME: Netherlands still have their lead…. JUST!

Cody Gakpo’s sixth-minute screamer set the game alight but Ecuador have been the better side for the most part and can count themselves somewhat unlucky not to be level!

This is far from done for Louis van Gaal’s side!

Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:51

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

45+3 mins: It looks like Ecuador have scored… but it’s been disallowed!

Pervis Estupiñán diverts an Ecuador shot into the net instinctively… but an Ecuador player is offside and in the line of sight of the Dutch keeper!

VAR takes a look and sticks with the on field decision. Ecuador aren’t happy!

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Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:49

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

45+2 mins: Ecuador with one final chance to whip the ball into the box… and Valencia gets up highest… but it’s blocked by Nathan Ake!

Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:47

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

45 mins: Three minutes of added time at the end of the first-half.

Pervis Estupiñán finds some space down the left for Ecuador — a fruitful area in this half — but fails to find a man in the box.

Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:46

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

41 mins: Bit of a confrontation off the ball between Valencia and Dumfries, with the Algerian referee just stopping the taking of a throw-in to disfuse the tension.

It’s been a physical first-half to be fair — and Ecuador have responded well to being a goal down!

They’ve probably played the nicer football…

Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:42

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

36 mins: Frenkie de Jong, of all people, just guilty of being slightly slack with his passing in the centre of the park, gifting the ball back to Ecuador.

But this time their cross is comfortable for Noppert to claim!

Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:36

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

32 mins: Good save from Dutch keeper Andries Noppert!

It’s that man Enner Valencia again! He cuts in from the left and fires a right-foot shot to the near-post — and Noppert gets a good hand to it!

Netherlands clear their lines from the resulting corner…

Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:33

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

28 mins: Ecuador continue to probe!

This time it’s Valencia down the left — but the South Americans can’t quite find the right ball in the box.

Netherlands on the ropes a bit here!

Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:27

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

25 mins: Lovely play from Ecuador!

The South Americans look threatening, with Moises Caicedo getting in down the left before Virgil van Dijk intercepted the cross right at the last moment!

Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:25

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World Cup 2022: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador

22 mins: A surge down the right and then infield from Holland’s Denzel Dumfries sees him upended, with the ball smashed into his stomach, but the referee fails to give a free-kick!

Slight pause just while Dumfries gets his breath back — understandably winded!

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Kieran Jackson25 November 2022 16:21



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