Cody Gakpo scored once more on the World Cup however the Netherlands missed the possibility to safe a spot within the final 16 on Friday as they have been held to a 1-1 draw by a battling Ecuador, a end result which eradicated host nation Qatar. Gakpo, the gangly PSV Eindhoven ahead who has been strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United, put the Netherlands in entrance with an excellent strike within the sixth minute on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium. But, with a big and vociferous assist behind them, Ecuador fought again with such ferocity that the Dutch have been rattled, they usually deserved the equaliser when it got here by means of Enner Valencia 4 minutes after half-time.
It was Ecuador captain Valencia’s third aim of the World Cup already after his brace in his nation’s opening win over Qatar.
And one consequence of this result’s that the host nation, already overwhelmed twice, are the primary workforce to be eradicated from their very own World Cup.
In distinction three-time overwhelmed finalists the Netherlands aren’t fairly by means of to the subsequent spherical, with one level separating them, Ecuador and Senegal, who defeated Qatar 3-1 earlier.
Ecuador and Senegal meet within the final spherical of Group A matches subsequent Tuesday, whereas Louis van Gaal’s Dutch aspect meet the hosts realizing a draw will make sure their place within the knockout section.
A lot of the speak earlier than this sport had been about Memphis Depay, with the Barcelona ahead having impressed as a second-half substitute within the 2-0 win over Senegal in his first sport in two months after a thigh harm.
Whereas he as soon as once more began on the bench right here, it was the 23-year-old Gakpo who once more starred in entrance of aim.
Scorer of the late headed opener in opposition to Senegal, he obtained an early breakthrough on this event, lashing a left-foot shot between the despairing dive of Hernan Galindez and the left-hand publish after being arrange by Davy Klaassen.
– Deserved equaliser –
But that, remarkably, was to be the Netherlands’ solely shot on track as they have been pushed again by Ecuador for a lot of the remainder of the sport.
Big Dutch goalkeeper Andries Noppert needed to get right down to his proper to maintain out a shot from Valencia, who had been a pre-match health doubt.
Then Ecuador thought that they had equalised in first-half stoppage time when Pervis Estupinan diverted an Angelo Preciado shot into the online, however the aim was disallowed for an offside in opposition to Jackson Porozo.
Depay then got here on for Steven Bergwijn firstly of the second half however Ecuador quickly obtained their equaliser.
Estupinan was once more concerned because the Brighton and Hove Albion wing-back’s shot was saved by Noppert however Valencia adopted in to transform the unfastened ball.
They could even have received it, with Gonzalo Plata crashing a shot off the crossbar simply earlier than the hour mark.
An encouraging night for Ecuador was marred by the sight of Valencia coming off on a stretcher late on after which sitting with ice round his proper knee, and they’ll hope their all-time high scorer can recuperate shortly.
They may absolutely want him for a nerve-jangling showdown with Senegal with a spot within the final 16 on the road — it’s a stage they’ve reached solely as soon as earlier than, after they have been overwhelmed 1-0 by England in 2006.
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