FIFA World Cup 2022 Netherlands vs Ecuador Report: Qatar had to face defeat in the first round in its first World Cup.
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FIFA World Cup 2022: after only two matches fifa world cup 2022 The host Qatar is out of the tournament. Due to the defeat in their second match, the sword of defeat was hanging on them, but their hopes rested on the match between Netherlands and Ecuador, where the defeat of Netherlands would keep their hopes alive till the last match of Qatar. It did not happen. The match played between the Netherlands and Ecuador ended in a 1-1 draw and thus Qatar became the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup.
Qatar, playing in Group A, had to face defeat in both their opening matches. In the very first match of the tournament, he was defeated by Ecuador 0-2. Then on Friday 25 November, Senegal defeated Qatar 3-1. Qatar’s last match was to be against the Netherlands, but now even after winning this match, Qatar will not be able to reach the next round. In Group 1, Ecuador, Netherlands and Senegal have won 1-1 matches.
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Qatar’s team was participating in the Football World Cup for the first time, but with this result, Qatar has become only the second host team to be eliminated from the first round of the World Cup. In the history of the Football World Cup, before Qatar, only South Africa, being the host country, was eliminated in the first round. The World Cup was held in South Africa in 2010.
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If we talk about the match between Netherlands and Ecuador, then both the teams, who started the tournament with a win, had to settle for 1-1 points after failing to win. In the first 10-15 minutes of the match, the Netherlands showed its dominance, but after that, throughout the match, Ecuador kept it on the backfoot showing tremendous attacking style and somehow the Netherlands avoided defeat and got a point.
The Netherlands took the lead in the sixth minute of the match when 23-year-old forward Cody Gakpo opened the scoring with a superb shot. It was Gakpo’s second goal in a row.
Earlier against Senegal, he had also scored the first goal for the team. However, despite this goal, Ecuador did not come under pressure. Captain Ener Valencia equalized in the last minute of the first half but the goal was canceled due to offside. However, at the beginning of the second half, Valencia scored again and this time it was upheld. This was Valencia’s third goal in this World Cup. Ecuador fired a total of 15 shots (4 on target) towards the Netherlands goal, while in comparison the Dutch team managed only 2 shots in the whole match.