The Netherlands, ranked eighth in the world, faces 44th-ranked Ecuador, in a battle of Group A’s Matchday 1 winners. Memphis Depay’s substitute appearance, as he returned from injury, was a big boost for the Oranje, and both his creativity and finishing were missed prior to his arrival, as the Netherlands took until the 84th minute to break down Senegal. Cody Gakpo continued to add to his burgeoning reputation that has piqued the interest of many big clubs around Europe.
Their Matchday 2 opponents didn’t allow a shot on target against Qatar. At the other end, La Tri has an injury concern over influential ex-West Ham forward Enner Valencia, though they insist he will be fit to start. He bagged a brace against Qatar, despite having another ruled out by VAR. A victory for either side will all but guarantee the winner a place in the last 16.