FIFA World Cup Group A Match Statistics
NETHERLAND VS ECUADOR
Venue: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Netherland 1 vs 1 Ecuador
C Gakpo (6′) E Valencia (49′)
Netherlands XI (3-4-1-2): Noppert; Aké, van Dijk, Timber; Dumfries, Koopmeiners, de Jong, Blind; Klaassen; Bergwijn, Gakpo
Ecuador XI (3-4-3): Galíndez; Hincapié, Porozo, Torres; Preciado, Caicedo, Méndez, Estupiñán; Plata, Enner Valencia, Estrada
Netherlands have now avoided defeat in each of their last 15 World Cup group games (W11 D4), only Germany between 1990 and 2010 and Brazil currently (both 16) have enjoyed longer such runs.
Ecuador have now gone unbeaten in four consecutive World Cup games for the first time in their history (W2 D2), while it’s just the second time they have avoided defeat in their opening two games of a World Cup after 2006 – the only time they’ve reached the knockout stages.
Netherlands failed to win a World Cup match in which they opened the scoring for the first time since a 2-2 draw with Mexico in 1998, having gone two goals ahead on that occasion.
Cody Gakpo has been directly involved in 34 goals in 28 appearances for club and country this season, scoring 16 times and providing 18 assists.
Cody Gakpo is the second Dutch player to score in his first two #FIFAWorldCup appearances, after Memphis Depay in 2014.
The Netherlands have attempted just two shots against Ecuador, the fewest recorded for a European nation in a single World Cup match since 1966
Possession: 54% 46%
Shots: 2 8
Shots on target: 1 4
Corners: 2 5
Fouls: 15 12
Yellow Card: 0 1
Red Card: 0 0
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal
Assistants: Mokrane Gourari, Abdelhak Etchial
VAR: Shaun Evans