Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador LIVE! Gakpo goal – World Cup 2022 match stream, latest score and updates today
The Group A rivals won their opening games and another victory for the Dutch tonight at Khalifa International Stadium will confirm a spot in the World Cup knockout stages before any other team. Netherlands adopted a conservative approach against Senegal last time out, recording fewer shots than their opponents, and may remain cautious tonight.
So, it could be the story of two forwards this evening. Ecuador striker Enner Valencia scored twice against hosts Qatar on Sunday, and saw a third narrowly ruled out off offside, and is fit to start after a knock. Dutch forward Memphis Depay is only on the bench as the both teams make changes to their starting XIs.
So, Group A can go a long way to be resolved on day six in Qatar. ITV will broadcast the game on TV and you can follow all the action LIVE below with our dedicated World Cup 2022 match blog.
11 mins: Ecuador put the ball into the box and a bouncing half-volley at the far post causes a bit of worry for the Netherlands, who get it clear.
Watch back Gakpo’s goal:
8 mins: No danger of a 0-0 here!
That goal has drawn Ecuador out a little but the South Americans were hardly looking troubled until that first shot of the game.
The fastest goal of the World Cup so far, 304 seconds in.
GGGGOOOOOAAALLLL!!!! Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador | Gakpo
5 mins: Ecuador wing-back Preciado can continue and we resume into Dutch possession across the middle third of the pitch.
Ake looks forward and Gakpo BURIES IT!
The ball broke for the youngster, who spun onto his left foot and struck a delightful shot past Galindez at the near post!
3 mins: A calm start for Netherlands, in possession with Ecuador putting a 3-5-2-1 in front of them to break down.
But Preciado looks hurt off the ball and play is stopped.
Netherlands vs Ecuador gets underway in World Cup Group A.
National anthem time
‘Wilhelmus’ up first for the Dutch, and you can tell how outnumbered they are in the ground by the comparative racket generated by Ecuador’s ‘Salve, Oh Patria!’.
Here come the players!
The light show and pyrotechnics are finished… time for the teams!
Kick-off in Netherlands vs Ecuador is almost upon us.
Amsterdam is rocking for this one!
Thousands of miles north-west of Doha, the Oranje are in full flow at Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena.
Get to know Khalifa International Stadium
The only stadium that existed before the World Cup bid was won in Qatar, Khalifa International Stadium was first built in 1976.
Since then, two renovations have taken place including for the 2006 Asian Games and then for the 2019 Club World Cup – which Liverpool won.
So far, over 45,000 fans have turned up for both England’s 6-2 win over Iran and Japan’s shock victory over Germany.
Let’s hope it witnesses another entertaining game today!
Kick-off is just 20 minutes away in Doha…