Valencia scores as Ecuador draw with Netherlands

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By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar

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Enner ValenciaEnner Valencia scored both goals in Ecuador's victory over Qatar on the opening day of the World Cup

Enner Valencia scored his third goal of the World Cup before being taken off on a stretcher as Ecuador drew with the Netherlands to leave Group A wide open.

Ecuador fans were bouncing with excitement throughout the second half at the Khalifa International Stadium as they equalised just after the break and continued to create chances against a rattled Netherlands side.

The entire Ecuador squad, including substitutes, ran over to the corner flag to celebrate with Valencia after he poked in the rebound from Pervis Estupinan's parried shot in the 49th minute.

The captain, who scored both goals in Ecuador's victory over hosts Qatar on the opening night of the World Cup, was a constant threat but his night was cut short due to injury.

Valencia went down in the final minute of normal time and was taken off on a stretcher, but was seen hobbling to his seat in the dugout.

PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo gave the Netherlands the lead after just five minutes and four seconds - the quickest goal so far in Qatar - when he struck a shot beautifully into the top of the net.

But the Dutch struggled to build on their lead, with Ecuador's Estupinan having a goal disallowed on the stroke of half-time, before Gonzalo Plata's long-range curler bounced off the crossbar after Valencia's equaliser.

The draw leaves both teams on four points in Group A, needing just a draw in their final games to qualify for the knockout rounds.

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Netherlands

Squad number23Player nameNoppert

Squad number2Player nameTimber

Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

Squad number5Player nameAké

Squad number22Player nameDumfries

Squad number20Player nameKoopmeiners

Squad number21Player namede Jong

Squad number17Player nameBlind

Squad number14Player nameKlaassen

Squad number8Player nameGakpo

Squad number7Player nameBergwijn

Squad number10Player nameDepay

Squad number11Player nameBerghuis

Squad number15Player namede Roon

Squad number19Player nameWeghorst

Ecuador

Squad number1Player nameGalíndez

Squad number25Player namePorozo

Squad number2Player nameTorres

Squad number3Player nameHincapié

Squad number17Player namePreciado

Squad number20Player nameMéndez

Squad number23Player nameCaicedo

Squad number7Player nameEstupiñán

Squad number19Player namePlata

Squad number13Player nameE Valencia

Squad number11Player nameEstrada

Squad number10Player nameIbarra

Squad number16Player nameSarmiento

Squad number26Player nameRodríguez

Line-ups

Netherlands

Formation 3-4-1-2

23Noppert2Timber4van Dijk5Aké22Dumfries20KoopmeinersSubstituted forde Roonat 79'minutes21de Jong17Blind14KlaassenSubstituted forBerghuisat 69'minutes8GakpoSubstituted forWeghorstat 79'minutes7BergwijnSubstituted forDepayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

1Pasveer3de Ligt6de Vrij9de Jong10Depay11Berghuis12Lang13Bijlow15de Roon16Malacia18Janssen19Weghorst24Taylor25Simons26Frimpong

Ecuador

Formation 3-4-2-1

1Galíndez25Porozo2Torres3Hincapié17Preciado20MéndezBooked at 57mins23Caicedo7Estupiñán19PlataSubstituted forIbarraat 90'minutes13E ValenciaSubstituted forRodríguezat 90'minutes11EstradaSubstituted forSarmientoat 74'minutes

Substitutes

4Arboleda5Cifuentes6Pacho8Gruezo9Preciado10Ibarra12Ramírez14Arreaga15Mena16Sarmiento18Palacios21Franco22Domínguez24Reasco26Rodríguez

Referee:Mustapha Ghorbal

Attendance:44,833

Live Text

Match ends, Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1.

Second Half ends, Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1.

Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Daley Blind.

Attempt saved. Kevin Rodríguez (Ecuador) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Angelo Preciado.

Attempt blocked. Angelo Preciado (Ecuador) header from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremy Sarmiento with a headed pass.

Substitution, Ecuador. Romario Ibarra replaces Gonzalo Plata.

Substitution, Ecuador. Kevin Rodríguez replaces Enner Valencia because of an injury.

Nathan Aké (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Moisés Caicedo (Ecuador).

Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pervis Estupiñán (Ecuador).

Attempt missed. Angelo Preciado (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Marten de Roon.

Substitution, Netherlands. Wout Weghorst replaces Cody Gakpo.

Substitution, Netherlands. Marten de Roon replaces Teun Koopmeiners.

Foul by Jurriën Timber (Netherlands).

Jhegson Méndez (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jurriën Timber (Netherlands).

Jeremy Sarmiento (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Netherlands).

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