The Netherlands will start this afternoon at 17:00 (Dutch time) against Ecuador. The match will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
Memphis, De Ligt, Wood
The Netherlands and Ecuador started the World Finals with a win. The Dutch won 2-0 against Senegal thanks to goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen. Ecuador’s opponent remained the boss of a powerless Qatar with the same numbers.
National coach Louis van Gaal has already announced that striker Memphis Depay could take part in a half against Ecuador. He has yet to reveal whether Memphis will start in the base or be able to enter after the break. Matthijs de Ligt, who had a mediocre opener, may have to make way for Jurriën Timber. Heerenveen goalkeeper Noppert, who made his debut for Orange’s side against Senegal, is expected to be under the bar again.
Orange players will not send a signal to world football association FIFA before kick-off. He does not want captains of participating teams to wear the OneLove captain’s armband. “We have put an end to political actions,” Van Gaal said. “We want to become world champions.
ANWB: additional rush hour in the early evening
The ANBW expects the evening rush hour on the motorways to start earlier than normal Fridays. Traffic jams will also be shorter than usual. Indeed, many people will want to be home in time for the game. The first traffic jams are expected around 3 p.m. this afternoon. The peak, which is normally around 5:30 p.m., will fall between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. today.
The other match of the Orange group, between Qatar and Senegal, begins at 2 p.m. The other matches on Friday are Wales – Iran (11 a.m.) and England – USA (8 p.m.).