Netherlands vs Ecuador World Cup 2022 live: Result and latest updates

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Good afternoon and welcome to the live coverage of the Group A game between the Netherlands and Ecuador that kicks off the game, following Senegal’s three-point victory over Qatar alongside the Lions of Teranga.

The teams have already been announced and here they are:

The Netherlands Noppert; Wood, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Koopmeiners, Frenkie de Jong, Blind; Klaassen, Gakpo, Bergwijn.
Substitutes Pasveer, de Ligt, de Vrij, Luuk de Jong, Depay, Berghuis, Lang, Bijlow, de Roon, Malacia, Janssen, Weghorst, Taylor, Simons, Frimpong.

Ecuador Galindez; Angelo Preciado, Porozo, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Mendez, Caicedo, Valencia, Estrada.
Substitutes Arboleda, Cifuentes, Pacho, Gruezo, Ayrton Preciado, Ibarra, Ramirez, Arreaga, Mena, Sarmiento, Palacios, Franco, Dominguez, Reasco, Rodriguez.

So De Ligt, Berghuis and Janssen drop to the bench for the Orange with Jurrien Timber, Davy Klaassen and Teun Koopmeiners entering. Ecuador make one change, Jackson Porozzo, a defender, replaces midfielder Romario Ibarra, marking a move to a back three or five after their opening day win over the hosts.

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The two sides have only met before in friendlies, the Dutch winning 1-0 in Amsterdam in 2006 and holding them 1-1 there eight years later. Louis van Gaal had a nice surprise at his pre-match press conference yesterday when a Senegalese reporter told the Dutchman that he had been a long time admirer.

“I don’t have any questions for you. It’s just an opportunity to tell you that I’ve been a fan since I was three years old,” said Papa Mahmoud Gueye. “I love you.”

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The 71-year-old Iron Tulip, sometimes seen as a stern, taciturn and stubborn figure in football, burst into a wide smile before responding.

“I’m going to give you a big hug after this because I like you saying this and I mean it seriously,” Van Gaal said through an interpreter. “Because people don’t say this to me very often. So we give each other a big hug afterwards.”

Van Gaal kept his word, stepped off stage and beckoned the reporter with his hand to close him in a warm embrace.

Gueye, 28, works for the Senegalese publication Taggat.sn.

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Gueye told the The Bharat Express News it was an honor to share such a touching moment with Van Gaal. “He is one of the greatest figures in football,” said Gueye. “He was also happy to see that there are people who love him, and he said to me, ‘Let’s give each other a hug’.”

Gueye said Van Gaal has built up an unfair reputation over the years for being cantankerous.

“That’s not really the case. From a distance, people generally think he’s not cool,” Gueye said. “But he’s a smiley face and he laughs with everyone. And he’s one of the best coaches in the world.”

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