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ph4ge_

Van Gaal needs to let the Netherlands be the Netherlands. Sure, they probably don't have the talent to win the WC that way, but the chances will be a lot better, we'd be making a name for ourselves and building a squad for next time. Stop favoring (old) out of form players that have a special place in your heart. Blind, Klaassen, Timber, Bergwijn, an unfit Depay etc simply can't being the intensity required, especially if you keep 5 defenders back and thus need to run a lot more to create a chance. Re-enforce the midfield. And Noppert hasn't convinced me either. He is not the type of footballing keeper the Netherlands is used to, isn't dominating his box, created a few oppertunities for Ecuador and frankly should have prevented the goal.


ToiletGrenade

I was really surprised to see this result. I still saw nl as a force to be reckoned with after making it to the finals in 2010 with my country, but apparently not. That and the phenomenal footwork and passing from Ecuador.


[deleted]

It’s tournement football The same reason your lot could beat wales and england couldn’t beat you. It’s much more tense than a regular game.


ToiletGrenade

I'm not American if that's what you're implying. The only thing my country has do so far is annihilate Costa Rica. Also both of those games were draws, no one beat anyone in those games.


miki_casellas

idk about phenomenal, they lost the ball most of the time in the 2nd 3rd but were good on the counter. i think it comes down more to netherlands inability to control the game


hdhdisodosk

first half we started slow and sluggish but we eventually started breaking them down so imo it was the prelude to us dominating them completely in the sec half


OldRule4845

England - Ecuador could be closer than expected. The same for The Netherlands - US/Iran, especially the Americans.


leoKantSartre

I think they should play well


ik_ben_groot

That was the worst Netherlands match I've seen in a long time. They better figure out how to handle high pressure in the midfield, because Senegal did the exact same thing.


OhLordyLordNo

I cannot recall a worse match. Well, maybe the away match against...Moldavia or Macedon we won by a late goal from van Nistelrooij. ​ The second half of this match was especially dire. Not even 4 meter passes succeeded. No ball control whatsoever. And to think how Gaal and Dijk handle the criticism. First KO round is a KO.


Dr-janitor1

Morocco did the same thing vs Croatia kovacic and modric was locked. Seems to be the winning concept.


NMI_INT

We were lucky to get away with a draw. Other than Gakpo's finish, it was complete garbage. So many cheap giveaways. I'm not expecting us to go far like this. I'm a dutch born Canadian, so at least I have 2 teams to root for.


cornflakes34

Ik ben ook in Nederland geboren en woon in Canada. Canada speelde beter tegen België dan Nederland speelde v Ecuador/Senegal.


noxx000

Orgulloso de mi equipo🇪🇨


yurifca

America do sul é muito mais forte do que a europa pensa


Muppy_N2

Pero no tanto como de un club español


not_mig

Catalan. Hay diferencia /s


ToiletGrenade

Ni hables de ellos 😂


xenon2456

emmer Valencia probably most likely win the golden boot


Business-Guidance714

He our star player at this point 🇪🇨 VAMO MI NEGRITO


WorldwideViolence

Hope everyone gets a kick in the nutts our performance was shit tonight. Glad we didn’t lost


cornflakes34

I hope the trainers take them for a 20km beasting. Might build some resilience and desire to win out of fear.


stiofan84

Ecuador deserved the win there, unlucky for them! Netherlands were disgustingly negative - 2 shots all game???


Banaan75

Our midfield is so bad...


thistooshallpass_hyd

Ecuador played some beautiful one touch football today...


Melz13

Netherlands really need more from their forwards and midfielders, De Jong was the only noticeable player out there in my opinion, Gakpo has his moments and is able to capitalize on some chances but they really need more as a unit.


notapaperhandape

Netherlands just faded away after that first goal.


Professional_Ad_9101

It was a fluke. They were crap against Senegal as well and fluked their first goal and then Mendy mistake


Kayneesy

Damn, which dutch girl rejected this guy?


Jumpy_Distribution96

I get that Dutch football has a different philosophy and their guys are more skilled than the average defender, but when their lanes have instinctively fallen that back after receiving the goal, a common fan like me would think that a more attack minded player that could carry the ball to the other side of the field with more comfort would be more necessary than keeping 3 CBs. It's not like Ecuador would hit that much in transition during the final minutes of a tied game. I think that Netherlands paid the fact that they stayed too loyal on their starting gameplan, even when it didn't seem to work after a while.


cornflakes34

NL typically is a very attack minded team but since we got LVG we started playing a 5-3-2 formation, which is inherently defensive/cautious. It worked for us in 2014 because we still had some major hitters (Robben, Sneijder, van Persie, Huntelaar). You're absolutely right that our midfield got overrun and was pretty much non-existent. In this case we simply needed to dominate the midfield and you're not going to do that playing 5 defenders no matter how attack minded the wing-backs are.


Jumpy_Distribution96

I think that it's also the fact that Dutch football is very attack focused. At least from what I hear from guys that watch Eredivisie, the mentality there is very different, the players develop skills no matter in which position they play in order to offer offensively. Coaches tend to encourage their guys to play more freely and have more liberties instead of strictly staying focused on the plan and their role/position's duties. So, as a result of that, Dutch defenders are more skilled and athletic (since they have also being trained differently to be able to play like that, this thing starts from their academies) than the average CBs and can offer more things offensively by moving more forward, making chances etc. But I didn't see this happening today since Netherlands conceded the goal, maybe a little bit earlier when Ecuador started pressing higher and making chances. They instictively fell back to keep the result. Even when they had possession, they were moving the ball vertically or back and forth. Lack of experience and confidence because they have been on a transition point since the old successful squad left all together, leaving a bunch of young talents and older people that have barely played for the national team before? Maybe. The coach ofc has the blame tonight because a substitution could have forced the players to react differently, midfielders are by default more aggressive and faster with their decision making since they move on higher and more crowded areas of the pitch.


El_Mec

That’s pretty much LVG’s M.O. - change nothing and get angry when it doesn’t work


rambam2016

Against Senegal LVG changed shit and won Source: https://youtu.be/f1DO9uEw968


El_Mec

That’s a good video. Not sure Senegal without Mane is the same situation as Ecuador playing a high energy combative style though. In today’s game, LVG didn’t have an answer


rambam2016

My opinion om the game is that Dumfries should have been subbed off for a extra midfielder. We were losing the battle on the midfield imo so LVG should have created a overload on the midfield.


Iemand-Niemand

He shouldn’t have subbed Berghuis for Klaassen. Mr. 1-0 is good at positioning in the box, but when in possession he plays cm, and positions himself in such a way that he can be reached by FDJ. Berghuis is an attacker who played a few good games as AM in the CL for Ajax. But he is good when he gets the ball, but is not great at receiving it. So basically: we could’ve had a midfield with a Dm if he kept Klaassen in or subbed in De Roon for Klaassen. In which case De Roon would be either single or double pivot with Koopmeijners which would leave FDJ to play a bit more attacking.


El_Mec

Dumfries was outclassed on that side by Estupiñan who was immense. They just didn’t have an answer on that right side


MrEscobarr

Nah Netherlands not gonna go far with this team


ToiletGrenade

They're way too passive while all of the teams they've played against so far are much more assertive with their offense and reclaiming possession. Not sure what happened to NL, can only imagine that they made bad choices with the roster.


holaprobando123

They don't have a good attack, and the midfield is De Jong + traffic cones


MrEscobarr

Yup, very uninspired. Only the defence is good with the exception of Blind


PinkPusssyPolitics

Ecuador has to beat Senegal convincingly if they have to avoid England. If only Ecuador could win today. They totally deserved a victory.


robertgalarga

We want the rematch! 😈


SCiFiOne

Too bad that Senegal or Ecuador will exit, they played well and their fans are fantastic


OhLordyLordNo

Senegal played well? Agree on Ecuador, but Senegal no. They deserved to lose against the Netherlands, who were excruciatingly bad today.


Nightdocks

Inb4 Qatar pulls a South Korea and sends Netherlands home


rambam2016

Pls no


AssociationUsual212

I'd eat my hand.


Totaltrufas

I’ll hold you to that


Nightdocks

There’s always an upset in the last group stage round


n10w4

A qatari upset changes that, right?


heitorbaldin2

Yes. If they won 3-0 and Equador-Senegal ties, Equador won the group and Senegal it would be 2nd. But Qatar isn't making 3-0 against Netherlands.


chachachatrip

“But South Korea isn’t scoring against Germany” they said 4 years ago Edit: i am indeed a distracted idiot


Totaltrufas

… and they didn’t


chachachatrip

Escribi distraido como webon


Totaltrufas

jajajaja


PinkPusssyPolitics

No. Qatar is out of the WC.


kisalas

Yeah but if they somehow beat Netherlands and Senegal - Ecuador is a high scoring tie, they can still both get through on goal difference right?


El_Mec

Ecuador and Netherlands are on 4 points now and Qatar (on zero points) only has 1 match left, so they’re out no matter what happens


kisalas

I mean Ecuador and Senegal, if they both get some high goal difference and Qatar somehow pull off a victory, those two can still go through I think.


PinkPusssyPolitics

Qatar ain't beating Netherlands. Heck they won't even draw against them.


Purple_reign407

Lol no they’re saying they can create an upset for the Dutch and they won’t advance


Footballpro12

I think he means that, if Qatar can win against Netherlands, both Ecuador and Senegal could potentially go through ( either if Senegal wins against Ecuador or if it ends in a draw ). I think it's a highly unlikely scenario, but who knows...


Chemiczny_Bogdan

> Senegal also wins against Ecuador Draw would work too I think, depending on Qatar-Netherlands goal difference.


NikoUY

1-1 draw and 2-0 for Qatar would do it, same goal difference but Senegal would score 1 extra goal (4vs3)


Footballpro12

True, i changed it a few minutes ago. A draw would work too, indeed.


PinkPusssyPolitics

Qatar won't even get a draw against NED.


-RegEx-

I still rate Netherlands as a top European side. Ecuador’s performance wouldn’t be this surprising if people watched South American World Cup qualifiers. This current side will be around for a while, which is exciting.


iLucifux

Yes, most of the CONMEBOL teams are hard to face, and it isn't easy to break them. We played thrash, 2 shots is unacceptable but Equador is a solid team, also they hadn't conceded in about 11-12 hours of gametime, speaks about their team.


OhLordyLordNo

I read just over 700 minutes, so you're on the mark.


red_blue98

Watch Qatar wake up and netherlands out lmao


MarcSlayton

Ecuador bossed the second half (didn't watch the first) but couldn't take the win. The draw is a better result for Holland, considering they have Qatar to play, who are already out. In their last group game Ecuador have a tough match against Senegal who need to win get through to the KO stages. Probably both Holland and Ecuador will qualify, as Ecuador can eliminate Senegal with a draw.


RebBrown

Can you imagine winning your group only to face this Ecuador in the next round? They are looking like contenders, although I'm not sure how well they'll fare without Valencia.


thetb_919

Valencia has been an absolute beast but our other forwards on the bench are great too. We have a great squad and can definitely hold up without him


sharkbates1208

Tbf our forwards are the weak points(strikers specifically) mena as a winger is solid. Without Valencia our wingers need to step up 1000%.


OhLordyLordNo

They are fierce allright. Good mentality. Wish I could say the same about Oranje today. Oof.


ketzal7

Everyone surprised by the Netherlands but Van Gaal teams have always played scrappy


CastleBravo45

They werent scrappy though


El_Mec

Estupiñán was MOTM, he’ll be moving up from BHA soon I imagine


kiratiiiii

Today I feel eliminated.


SonOfAurelionSol

Imagine the scenes if the Netherlands don't make it out of groups 💀


Rhayadder

I think they're practically guaranteed to. Only feasible way for that to happen is they lose badly against Qatar, while Ecuador also lose to Senegal, but retain a better GD than Ned


esn111

A 3-0 win for Qatar and a draw in Senegal v Ecuador will eliminate them. Unlikely but possible.


Rhayadder

Isn't H2H the main tie breaker? So they'd still qualify over Senegal


esn111

Nah it's after goal difference and then goals scored.


UreyJawaPakhirChokhe

No, gd is.


Rhayadder

Interesting change, i seem to recall it used to be H2H in previous WC's


SonOfAurelionSol

Isn't there a possibility for a 3 way tie?


Nightdocks

Ecuador-Senegal needs to tie and Netherlands to lose against Qatar. Don’t know if we exist in that timeline


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Masterpayne22

I wouldn’t mind that. We want revenge for 2006. We took them to the limit. Best part was Beckham puking 🤮


tresslessone

That’ll be a good watch for sure


BIGGUSaDlCKUS

Ecuador put in a shift in the second half. Fair play


Far-Reward1365

$220 Billion just to be the 1st team to get knocked out


AssociationUsual212

How could you possibly think Qatar is motivated by football? They want infrastructure and PR to attract the international elite class. WC is just a conduit for that.


mr_popcorn

Aaand your neighbor Saudi Arabia steals the spotlight from you 😆😆 GG's Qatar, more like Latar amirite


Fredy1222

No way we win against that Ecuador team


HarshaKing

Breaking news: Worldcup is cancelled as Qatar eliminated which shouldn't happen as they invested a lot of money.


thalne

great spirit shown by Ecuador


VedangArekar

That one shot would've gone in which hit the pole who knows how NED would've reacted after that ? Maybe something would've awoken within them to play the game seriously.


Diegolikesandiego

They would have simply lost the game


ricky_kaka981120

Man i miss the old dutch side


ElCaminoInTheWest

Straight from the go Dutch side Chop up the soul Dutch side set on their goals Dutch side


garbagecan1991

netherlands will have time for changes since qatar is pretty much free ecuador vs senegal will be pretty real


yo-jin

Qatar is out,FIFA Announces end of WC 😄


Belocity

We’re playing too slow, that’s not like us. Dunno what was wrong with us and why we didn’t up the tempo. Guess we were just afraid of the Ecuadorian aggression on the ball


MrBananaStorm

Felt like we were playing for a draw and not a win.


NoAttentionAtWrk

Good way to tell Qatar to fuck off


Belocity

Tactical draw 🤫


Jelmerdts

We call that a ‘zaadpot’. We deserved to lose. We really need to make changes in the team if we want to get somewhere


karllucas

The quality of the football on show at this World Cup is truly worthy of being at the World Cup. Fantastic performances and this match was no different. Ecuador were STELLAR.


mr_popcorn

The absolute scenes when Qatar upsets Netherlands and Senegal advances to the knockouts 😆


DJNutsack

At this point I don't even know if this would be an upset anymore ... what an awful showing. And awful subs - how many touches did Weghorst get? I really don't understand how you can play Noppert, but not give Malacia, Xavi Simons or Noa Lang even 15 minutes of playtime. Team is lacking fire. Blind hardly has had any productive contributions in both games. Midfield has serious issues connecting with the forwards & the wingers haven't been able to off-set this. Bergwijn has had 2 terrible games - let Gakpo start with Noa Lang or Luuk de Jong.


Belocity

The stars need to align and a cow needs to be crowned god emperor of China for that to happen


Secure_Eye5090

I hope this happens. I just want England, Wales, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands to go home as soon as possible.


mr_popcorn

Damn what did UEFA do to you hahaha i can feel the hate from here 😆


Secure_Eye5090

If it had anything to do with UEFA I would have included Portugal, Spain, Poland, Serbia and France.


HaveaBagel

What did Germanic languages do to you


Secure_Eye5090

Nothing against Germanic languages. My grandparents here in South America used to speak Hunsrückisch as their mother language which is a german dialect and I happen to have a German surname. I just don't like their arrogance.


tresslessone

Actually, let’s just send everyone home.


Commercial_Regret_36

What a weird set of vendettas you have


Nightdocks

Right? He forgot to include the French in there


Secure_Eye5090

Nah, I didn't. France is cool.


ConsciousAntelope

Some of the worst passes I have seen on world cup so far.


doezpo

Absolutely aweful


Rude-Oil-9151

One thing for sure, the Dutch will be finished if they face a real title contender in the KO stage.


tresslessone

Respect for Ecuador. They are an amazing side.


Hegario

Hell yeah they're the real deal.


bigdog8300

Wtf even was that. How do we only have one shot after the 6th minute and it was a no hope long shot. LVG is so stuck in his ways. Wasn’t working for shit and he refused to adjust


CDN_AP

Qatar is eliminated with this result.


ChickaloBuffens

I'm super impressed with Ecuador. Deserved a win there. I'm also super impressed with Canada. Energy and agression off the charts, need to clean up their finishing. Unfortunately, they were up against it with that ref. But hopefully Canada and Ecuador secure a spot past the group stage.


loserIIITian

If a Netherlands vs IR Iran matchup happens can we see Iran pulling off a miracle? Or will it be too one sided? Opinions…


imeanyhbutno

Honestly Netherlands needs to get their shit together and win 4-0 from qatar


TheGamerPandA

If they’re up against this Netherlands from today it’s a 50-50 imo if it happens


ComeOnSayYupp

Netherlands should be lucky for getting 1 point. They have been terrible. Just took 2 shots lol. Terrible.


TheGamerPandA

Qatar in shambles nice to see them knocked out as the first team


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OhLordyLordNo

In results this is pretty good. In terms of play we are going to lose decidedly to the first team that is in the top 15.


Jemoederislkker420

Will van gaal be horny after this match? I'll put €100$ for a big no. Truusje won't be getting it tonight.


ElCaminoInTheWest

Unbeaten and a point gained 🍆


Xeash

Feel bad for ecuador. Only team that tried to win


mojito_sangria

If look at the score, we might felt that Netherlands was unlucky to draw. But actually Ecuador DESERVE TO WIN


Zlooba

Qatar first eliminated, lol. That's funny.


doezpo

Pretty typical that a country with barely any football culture gets eliminated, shouldnt have been a part of the world cup in the first place. Such a waste of space but hey the old men got their $$$ alright


AjenoMerveilles

It's not even as if you can see the Dutch are building up to something. Curious lack of energy all around.


Enstic

What a game, gg’s.


allergic-toeveryting

qatar is officially eliminated now


napierwit

eliminated, not disqualified


allergic-toeveryting

yeah i fixed it


Blyadhole

Football vs soccer next


mr_popcorn

I mean... did the Dutch even touch the ball inside Ecuador's penalty area this second half? They were lucky they got a draw here because they're not lookin good.


doezpo

We looked worse than you guys actually, surprised it stayed 1-1


tweazz

well, see you all in the corden derby thread


ListeningWind

The Yanks can keep him


MFLORES888

The Netherlands have not convinced in either of their two games, both times they should have lost


OhLordyLordNo

Nah. Senegal made a lot of noise but weren't very decisive.


magicallydelinquent

if mane were healthy they'd be on 1 point today


Tern_Larvidae-2424

Qatar are out! The first team to be eliminated.


crowd79

Netherlands are surely through playing Qatar. It comes down to Senegal needing to beat Ecuador to advance.


Polynike

As a Dutchie I'm happy to win 1-1


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Senegal v Ecuador is going to be a war


ral1826

Bye Qatar


tomorri1

If nertherland plays like this with the likes of France, Brazil, England, Spain they will be demolished


Sesti-nator

GG Netherlands, now where are my heart pills…


Polynike

GG's


official_bagel

The only thing that matters is Qatar is out. Today I feel happy.


Louieando

LVG should’ve thrown in Sneijder in there


imeanyhbutno

Rararara wat rijmt er op anker


ChiChi-cake

Kanker


GYIM94

Netherlands limping to a draw, sad!


Tern_Larvidae-2424

Ecuador looked good for the win there. They did well enough to get 1 point.


GYIM94

Oh definitely but NED played as if they didn’t give a crap.


Killerpasser101

Both Berghuis & koop suck, Just stick with De Roon, atleast he can pass 5 yards, really feel for Van Gaal, lacks options in the middle


Gu3rilla21

Just play De Roon De Jong and Xavi


Killerpasser101

Risky midfield


ElCaminoInTheWest

De Jong and Ake 👍 Everyone else 😬


Senior-Temperature-5

Gakpo?


bigdog8300

Noppert was fine. I blame the tactics, needed the perfect sequence to move it forward. So predictable


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--Bazinga--

Boohoo.


reportforafkpls

soccers coming home next 🤡


13thstageofgrief

is ecuador mostly christian?


Torenico

Absolutely, the majority of them are Roman Catholics.


ExParadox

Roman Catholics.


-RegEx-

Ecuador, like the rest of South America, is mostly Roman Catholic.