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Not long now: Enner Valencia and Virgil van Dijk lead their teams after referee Mustafa Ghorbal and his team of match officials. They have lined up on both sides of the officials and it’s time for the national anthem.

Group A match report: Qatar 1-3 Senegal. Paul McInnes was at Al Thumama to see Senegal leave the host nation’s chances of advancing to the knockout stages hanging by a thread. Qatar now need Ecuador to beat the Netherlands or they will be relegated to playing Louis van Gaal’s side for something of a pride in their final group match.

Those difference: For the second match in a row, Memphis Depay starts off the bench for the Netherlands, and it appears his recovery from a hamstring injury is not fully completed. Louis van Gaal made two changes, with Joren Timber and Theon Kopemeners replacing Matthijs de Ligt and Steven Berges.

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Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro appears to have switched to a back five. He makes one change in the team that defeated Qatar. Jackson Boroso comes in at centre-back while making room for midfielder Romario Ibarra.

Netherlands lineup vs Ecuador

Dutch: Neubert, Timber, Van Dijk, Ak, Dumfries, Kopemeners, Frenkie de Jong, Blind, Claassen, Gakbo, Bergwijn.

Submarines: Pasvier, De Ligt, De Vrig, Luuk de Jong, Depay, Berghuis, Lang, Bigelow, De Roon, Malacia, Janssen, Wighorst, Taylor, Simons, Frimpong.

Ecuador: Galindes, Angelo Preciado, Poroso, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan, Plata, Mendes, Caicedo, Estrada, Valencia.

Submarines: Arboleda, Cifuentes, Pacho, Gruezo, Ayrton Preciado, Ibarra, Ramirez, Arreaga, Mena, Sarmiento, Palacios, Franco, Dominguez, Reasco, Rodriguez.

Qatar against Senegal: Bamba Dieng put Senegal 3-1 ahead against Qatar with just six minutes remaining. The jig seemed to be good and real for the hosts although the second half performance improved.

Qatar against Senegal: Mohamed Muntari just came off the bench to score with a header for Qatar against Senegal, reducing the host country’s deficit in the match to one goal. They trail 2-1 with 10 minutes (and more) to go and need another goal or they will need several snooker players to qualify for the knockout stages. Boulaye Dia and Famara Didiou had put Senegal ahead 2-0.

Gustavo Alfaro says: “We have everything to win and nothing to lose,” the Ecuador coach said before today’s match. “I am happy with my team. But Holland is a great competitor. We have to be strong on all fronts, emotionally and physically, and manage them hard until they come off the field. What we did against Qatar will not be enough against Holland or Senegal, we have to improve it.”

Gustavo Alfaro addresses the press alongside Ecuadorean midfielder Sebastian Mendes.
Gustavo Alfaro addresses the press alongside Ecuadorean midfielder Sebastian Mendes. Photo: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal says: “Ecuador is a stable team,” said the Netherlands coach in his pre-match press conference. “They are strong physically with very smart players, smart players, and that’s why I think they are stronger than Senegal.”

When asked about the OneLove badge campaign and if his team had any protests planned for the day, Van Gaal said this. “”number. We put an end to all the political issues last Thursday. We have this goal and it will not be tarnished by the actions of FIFA or any other organisation. But I have already answered … I think that’s enough.

Louis van Gaal (left) and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk survey the vicinity of Khalifa Stadium yesterday.
Louis van Gaal (left) and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk survey the vicinity of Khalifa Stadium yesterday. Photo: Alberto Pezzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Today’s match referees

  • Rule: Mustafa Ghorbal

  • Assistant referees: Moqran Gorari and Abdul Haq Al Ithsial

  • Fourth official: Said Martinez

  • Video Assistant Referee: Shawn Evans

Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal leads the team of match officials today.
Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal leads the team of match officials today. Photo: Kenzo Tripuillard/AFP/Getty Images

Early team news

Not considered fit enough to start for the Netherlands against Senegal, Memphis Depay was given 30 minutes off the bench and could start in place of Vincent Jansen today. Louis van Gaal is expected to play the unchanged starting line-up.

Forced to suffer a knee injury 15 minutes from the end of his side’s win over Qatar, double-goal hero Enier Valencia is expected to be ready to start for Ecuador. “Enner will play against Holland, there is no doubt about that,” said his coach, Gustavo Alfaro.

Enner Valencia, who scored twice against Qatar, is expected to be fit to face the Netherlands this afternoon.
Enner Valencia, who scored twice against Qatar, is expected to be fit to face the Netherlands this afternoon. Photo: Richard Sellers/SportsPhoto/Allstar

Group A: Netherlands – Ecuador

Khalifa International Stadium is the venue for the second match of Group A matches today, where the Netherlands will play Ecuador. The two teams won their opening match, as Ecuador recorded a routine victory over its host Qatar in the match in which the tournament was held, while the Netherlands left it late to bid farewell to Senegal the next day. Obviously, both teams will fancy their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages, especially the Netherlands, who will face Qatar in their final group match.

The hosts, who appear to be the weakest team in the group so far, are currently losing out to Senegal elsewhere in Doha and will have virtually no chance of qualifying for the last 16 unless they can take something from the match. Kick-off in Khalifa at 4pm, but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and make-up.

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