2022 World Cup Preview: Netherlands vs Ecuador

The Khalifa International Stadium will host the two opening match winners from Group A, Netherlands and Ecuador on November 25 at 16:00GMT.

Ecuador were 2-0 winners over hosts Qatar on opening day and would fancy a good result against the three–time World Cup finalists. La Tricolor sealed their win in the first half when skipper Enner Valencia converted a penalty before driving a powerful header past Al Sheeb, the Qatari goalkeeper.

While Netherlands may not be too happy with their previous encounter with Senegal, the 2-0 result presents them an opportunity to seal qualification if they beat Ecuador.

Ecuador have not conceded in their last seven matches and their ability to hold big teams like Argentina and Brazil may come to play as they face another tough opposition.


Both sides are unbeaten in their last five matches with Netherlands recording four out of five victories. Oranje Holland are yet to concede in their last three. Ecuador have also kept clean sheets in all those matches despite drawing three of them.


21 November 2022         Senegal            0-2        Netherlands      2022 World Cup Group A

25 September 2022        Netherlands      1–0       Belgium            UEFA Nations League

22 September 22            Poland             0–2        Netherlands      UEFA Nations League

14 June 22                     Netherlands      3–2        Wales              UEFA Nations League

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11 June 22                     Netherlands      2–2        Poland             UEFA Nations League


20 November 2022             Qatar              0-2         Ecuador        2022 World Cup Group A

12 November 2022             Ecuador          0–0         Iraq                Friendly

27 September 2022            Japan              0–0         Ecuador        Friendly

23 September 2022            Saudi Arabia    0–0         Ecuador        Friendly

11 June 2022                     Ecuador           1–0         Cape Verde   Friendly



The clash at the Khalifa International Stadium will be the first and most competitive meeting between the two. They have also met twice in International friendlies.


01 Mar 2006        Netherlands             1:0            Ecuador            International Friendly

17 May 2014       Netherlands             1:1            Ecuador             International Friendly




After coming off the bench to help his team win in the previous match, Memphis Depay could step in for Jansen as Van Gaal targets a second straight win. Martin de Roon was also not fully fit and could start from the bench in the game.


(3-4-1-2): Noppert; De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, F de Jong, Berghuis, Blind; Gakpo; Memphis, Bergwijn

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Enner Valencia was subbed off after getting the crucial goals for Ecuador. The Ecuadorians may not afford to miss the Fernabache striker and could be risked if he is not fully fit before kick-off.


(4-4-1-1): Galindez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Caicedo, Mendez, Ibarra; Sarmiento; Valencia