Enner Valencia earns inspired Ecuador World Cup draw with the Netherlands
The Oranje led early due to a surprising strike from highly-rated PSV Eindhoven ahead Cody Gakpo however did valuable little else all recreation.
Ecuador, in distinction, had a aim from Brighton wing-back Pervis Estupinan disallowed on the stroke of half-time and in addition hit the bar near the hour mark by Gonzalo Plata in a barnstorming show towards a disjointed Dutch facet.
Valencia’s equaliser got here early within the second half, although his exit on a stretcher late on might be a serious concern to Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro.
The outcome ensured Qatar’s elimination from the event with a recreation to spare, becoming a member of South Africa in 2010 as the one hosts to fail to make it previous the primary spherical.
Group A will conclude with a three-way tussle for the last-16 locations subsequent Tuesday.
The Netherlands couldn’t have wished for a greater begin. Ecuador dispossessed Steven Bergwijn however instantly gave the ball away to Davy Klaassen, who left the ball to Gakpo working in the wrong way.
It was a sensible transfer from Klaassen, because the 23-year-old star unleashed a bullet of a left-foot shot from the sting of the realm which gave Hernan Galindez within the Ecuador aim no likelihood.
The South People tried to awaken themselves after a quiet spell and Oranje captain Virgil van Dijk twice made key interventions, first reducing out Moises Caicedo’s cut-back meant for Plata, after which heading clear Estupinan’s left-wing cross with Michael Estrada lurking behind him.
Netherlands goalkeeper Andries Noppert confronted his first take a look at when Valencia minimize inside on to his proper foot and struck powerfully, however the Heerenveen man did sufficient to parry it away.
The Netherlands supplied little or no in assault after the Gakpo aim and Ecuador had a aim disallowed within the remaining seconds of the half.
A strong low strike by right-back Angelo Preciado was diverted into the online by Estupinan, however it was dominated out as a result of defender Jackson Porozo was offside and deemed to be interfering with play by blocking Noppert’s view.
Barcelona ahead Memphis Depay was launched at half-time to supply the Dutch extra X-factor up entrance, with Bergwijn the participant substituted.
However the transfer did not elevate the Dutch and Ecuador obtained the aim their first-half efforts deserved within the forty ninth minute. The Netherlands, as that they had proven towards Senegal, are ready to dwell dangerously near their very own aim and Jurrien Timber was caught in possession.
Plata unfold the ball to Estupinan racing into the left facet of the field, Noppert parried his shot however Valencia was there to gobble up the rebound.
They had been inches away from going forward simply earlier than the hour mark when Preciado shimmied into area for a cross, Valencia’s effort was blocked and the ball broke to Plata, whose highly effective left foot shot had Noppert crushed however smacked off the crossbar.
As common time ticked down Valencia needed to be carried off on a stretcher, a worrying improvement for Ecuador with the essential recreation towards Senegal to return.