Who can take control of Group A?
Ecuador cruised in its opener against host nation Qatar. Enner Valencia scored two first-half goals to silence the Qatari crowd before it really had anything to cheer about. It now faces a tall task in a Dutch side that dispatched Senegal with a pair of second-half goals.
It took 84 minutes to break through, but the Netherlands got one goal from PSV star Cody Gakpo then another in stoppage time from Davy Klaassen to earn a thoroughly deserved win in its opener. Now, any winner in the group’s second Matchday 2 fixture would be in full control of its knockout stage destiny. Senegal finished strong to secure a 3–1 win over Qatar earlier Friday, grabbing a critical three points to keep its knockout stage hopes very much alive. If Ecuador can’t take at least a point off the world’s eighth-ranked squad, then the second spot in the knockouts will likely come down to the matchup between the South American side and Senegal on Nov. 29.
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Here are the lineups for both teams:
Full World Cup Squads
GOALKEEPERS: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Andries Noppert (Heerenveen), Remko Pasveer (Ajax)
DEFENDERS: Nathan Aké (Manchester City), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United), Jurriën Timber (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan), Daley Blind (Ajax)
MIDFIELDERS: Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Xavi Simons (PSV Eindhoven), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax)
FORWARDS: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Memphis Depay (Barcelona), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Vincent Janssen (Antwerp), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Noa Lang (Club Brugge), Wout Weghorst (Beşiktaş)
GOALKEEPERS: Alexander Domínguez (LDU Quito), Hernán Galíndez (Aucas), Moisés Ramirez (Independiente del Valle)
DEFENDERS: Robert Arboleda (São Paulo FC), Xavier Arreaga (Seattle Sounders), Pervis Estupiñán (Brighton), Piero Hincapié (Bayer Leverkusen), William Pacho (Antwerp), Diego Palacios (LAFC), Jackson Porozo (Troyes), Ángelo Preciado (Genk), Félix Torres (Santos Laguna)
MIDFIELDERS: Moisés Caicedo (Brighton), José Cifuentes (LAFC), Alan Franco (Talleres), Carlos Gruezo (Augsburg), Romario Ibarra (Pachuca), Ángel Mena (Leon), Jhegson Méndez (LAFC), Gonzalo Plata (Real Valladolid), Ayrton Preciado (Santos Laguna), Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton)
FORWARDS: Michael Estrada (Cruz Azul), Djorkaeff Reasco (Newell’s Old Boys), Kevin Rodríguez (Imbabura), Enner Valencia (Fenerbahçe)