Ecuador 1-2 Senegal LIVE! Koulibaly goal - World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction, updates today

Ecuador 1-2 Senegal LIVE! Koulibaly goal - World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction, updates today

Ecuador vs Senegal - LIVE!

Senegal are celebrating heading through to the last 16 of the World Cup for only the second time in their history. Captain Kalidou Koulibaly proved his nation’s hero as the Chelsea defender popped up with a match-winning volley 20 minutes from time in Doha, shortly after Moises Caicedo looked to have Ecuador on course for the knockout stages.

The Brighton midfielder had turned home to cancel out a penalty on the stroke of half-time from Ismaila Sarr, the Watford forward coolly picking out the bottom corner after being wiped out by Piero Hincapie. Senegal held on to reach the last 16 for the first time since their memorable run to the quarter-finals on debut at the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea.

It will be the winners from Group B up next for them on Sunday night, likely England, with Ecuador left to painfully reflect on what might have been. Follow reaction from a dramatic World Cup clash live below, with expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at Khalifa International Stadium.

Ecuador vs Senegal highlights

  • GOAL! Koulibaly fires Senegal straight back ahead

  • GOAL! Caicedo turns home equaliser

  • GOAL! Sarr slots in penalty before half-time

  • Group A permutations

Ecuador 1 - 2 Senegal

17:19 , George Flood

Contrasting scenes at the full-time whistle with Senegal delirium and Ecuador tears.

A fine achievement from the Lions of Teranga, secured on the second anniversary of the death of their biggest World Cup hero - Papa Bouba Diop, to whom captain and match-winner Koulibaly wore a tribute on his arm today.

Remarkably poignant.

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Full-time

16:59 , George Flood

Ecuador 1-2 Senegal

SENEGAL ARE INTO THE KNOCKOUT STAGES OF THE WORLD CUP!

The first time since 2002 and only the second time ever.

What an achievement.

Heartbreak for Ecuador, who just didn’t have enough on the day.

16:59 , George Flood

97 mins: Added time is up as Ecuador apply more pressure and an attempt at an overhead kick brings a Senegal free-kick.

No final whistle yet as Sabaly goes down.

16:58 , George Flood

96 mins: Senegal throw on another centre-back for the final 60 seconds.

Cisse on for Dia.

16:57 , George Flood

94 mins: Senegal are defending for their lives with balls flying into the box, Hincapie unable to turn home Porozo’s flick-on at the back post.

Muted appeals for an Ecuador penalty are waved away.

16:55 , George Flood

93 mins: Mendy claws the corner over the bar!

We’ll have another corner from the left that is headed away at the near post for a throw-in.

Time slipping away from Ecuador. Three minutes left.

16:54 , George Flood

92 mins: Cifuentes earns Ecuador a corner in stoppage time.

Goalkeeper Galindez wants to go up and is looking at the bench, but it might be a couple of minutes too early for that still.

16:53 , George Flood

90 mins: SIX minutes of added time for Ecuador to rescue their World Cup hopes.

They just need one goal...

16:51 , George Flood

87 mins: Senegal deal with a free-kick into their box and then buy one of their own to kill some crucial seconds.

A hopeful shot from Gueye is lashed into the chest of Galindez and initially spilt before being gathered at the second attempt.

16:49 , George Flood

86 mins: Another change from Ecuador as Preciado is replaced by Jackson Porozo.

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16:48 , George Flood

Perhaps having been burnt with that Ecuador equaliser, Senegal seem to have decided that scoring a third is the best way to wrap this up.

They committed so many forward for that last attack that Ecuador would’ve had three-on-three on the break if they’d managed to nick the ball.

16:47 , George Flood

83 mins: Valencia crumples to the floor after being caught in a Diallo and Koulibaly defensive sandwich.

He wants a free-kick, but referee Turpin doesn’t oblige.

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81 mins: A risky pass round the corner from Sabaly.

But it works and Dia fools his marker on the turn, eventually blasting narrowly wide of the near post.

Ecuador are running out of time to save their World Cup dream.

16:42 , George Flood

78 mins: Another decent set-piece delivery causes more panic among the Ecuador ranks, with Koulibaly trying to connect.

It’s eventually scrambled clear.

Watch: Captain Koulibaly hits straight back for Senegal

16:41 , George Flood

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Watch: Caicedo levels for Ecuador

16:41 , George Flood

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76 mins: A chance for Ecuador to equalise again after determined play from Plata inside the Senegal box, but he fires low into the arms of Mendy.

At the other end, Sarr weaves into the area and the referee points only for a corner after a tussle with Preciado.

16:39 , George Flood

73 mins: Cisse sends on Nampalys Mendy and Bamba Dieng.

Off go Ciss and Ndiaye.

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16:36 , George Flood

Bad couple of minutes for Enner Valencia. Caicedo’s goal has robbed him of the chance to become the first player to score seven consecutive World Cup goals for his country and now he’s teed up Koulibaly’s leveller.

Suspect he’ll be more annoyed about the latter.

GOAL! Ecuador 1-2 Senegal | Kalidou Koulibaly 70'

16:32 , George Flood

70 mins: Senegal hit straight back! WOW!

It’s a great free-kick swung into the Ecuador box, which isn’t cleared properly by Valencia and Chelsea centre-back Koulibaly is on hand to fire home a crisp volley on his right foot.

Great finish from a defender.

Fabulous World Cup drama in Doha. Senegal heading through again as things stand.

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GOAL! Ecuador 1-1 Senegal | Moises Caicedo 68'

16:30 , George Flood

68 mins: A massive, massive goal from the Brighton midfielder, who steers home a knock-down from a corner at the back post.

The man on the line - I think it was Sabaly - crucially playing him on.

All square in Doha!

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16:29 , George Flood

65 mins: Reasco is a real diminutive livewire up front and tries to barge over the towering Koulibaly, who earns the free-kick.

Idrissa Gueye then charges into Plata and receives the yellow card that will rule him out of the last-16, should Senegal advance.

Upsetting for the Everton midfielder. It would have been his 100th cap.

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16:28 , George Flood

Slightly amusing moment there. Plata goes down clutching his face and there’s clearly nothing wrong with him but Senegal are only too happy to kick the ball out and run the clock down a little more.

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62 mins: Plata is barged over and goes down, with Senegal gratefully taking the chance to boot the ball into touch and waste a bit of time.

Estrada is the man to make way for Reasco.

How long until Aliou Cisse turns to his bench in a bid to hold or maybe even add to this lead?

Some very anxious Ecuadorian faces up in the stands, midway through the second half.

16:25 , George Flood

61 mins: The brilliantly named Djorkaeff Reasco is preparing to come on for Ecuador.

And yes, he is named after the France great.

Sloppy, gritty stuff now as Ecuador keep giving away petty free-kicks in their desire to win the ball back fast.

Cifuentes the latest guilty party.

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59 mins: Foolish from Preciado as he streams straight into the back of Sarr, allowing Senegal the chance to swing in a free-kick from a decent position wide on the left flank.

He also receives a warning from the referee.

Senegal send their centre-backs up but a searching delivery is headed clear by Ecuador, whose counter-attack is frustratingly short-lived.

16:20 , George Flood

56 mins: Ecuador are dominating possession now, patiently waiting for an opening.

Sarmiento is a real bright spark off the bench and a delightful deep Estupinan cross is headed well wide by Estrada.

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16:18 , George Flood

In the first half, it seemed like Ecuador were a little too content to sit in, knowing the draw does them.

Now it’s Senegal with everything to lose and it feels like they might be making the same mistake.

16:17 , George Flood

53 mins: Some neat touches from Plata for Ecuador but they are struggling to get him involved in a meaningful way.

A hopeful long ball pumped into the Senegal box is easily gathered by Mendy.

16:15 , George Flood

50 mins: Ecuador think they have a way in but it’s clearly a foul from Sarmiento on Sabaly.

Senegal still holding a real threat with those industrious wing-backs, who are likely to retreat now with more defending to do.

16:13 , George Flood

48 mins: Substitute Cifuentes with a hopeful low strike for Ecuador but it’s easily held by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Alfaro will be hoping that another system change can pay off for his side.

Estrada now up front alongside Valencia.

Netherlands extend lead over Qatar

16:11 , George Flood

46 mins: Ciss poleaxes Michael Estrada in a lively start to the second half.

Another goal at Al Bayt Stadium, where Frenkie de Jong has netted a second for the Netherlands against Qatar, following up Memphis Depay’s effort.

That doesn’t change anything in terms of the overall group picture.

Second half underway

16:08 , George Flood

Ecuador are sending on Brighton’s Jeremy Sarmiento and Jose Cifuentes in a half-time double change.

Franco and Gruezo make way.

A huge second period is off and running.

Can Senegal hold this lead or will Ecuador hit back?

Senegal through to last-16 as it stands

16:00 , George Flood

So as it stands, the Netherlands are leading Qatar 1-0 at Al Bayt Stadium thanks to Cody Gakpo’s third goal in as many World Cup games.

That means the Dutch will be heading for the last-16 and a showdown with the runners-up from Group B at Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

If this result holds, Senegal will be joining them for only the second time in their history and first since 2002, facing the winners from England’s group at the same venue on Sunday night.

Ecuador would be crashing out.

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Watch: Sarr penalty gives Senegal the lead

15:56 , George Flood

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Half-time

15:53 , George Flood

Ecuador 0-1 Senegal

15:53 , George Flood

50 mins: Another dangerous Senegal cross falls safe before Sarr is caught in a painful clash with Franco.

He stays down for a moment but the goalscorer is quickly back to his feet.

The half-time whistle then sounds.

15:51 , George Flood

49 mins: A comical flashpoint on the stroke of half-time as Valencia goes down theatrically clutching his leg after a coming together with Sabaly, who was almost pushed into the Ecuador captain by Caicedo.

Ecuador want a card, but there’s no chance.

Good refereeing from Clement Turpin.

15:50 , George Flood

47 mins: Almost a second for Senegal before the interval but Ndiaye is denied by some solid defending inside the box.

Ecuador could do with the half-time whistle to regroup.

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15:48 , George Flood

That is a top penalty from Ismaila Sarr. Some bottle from a player who has actually missed the last two penalties he’s taken for Watford.

15:47 , George Flood

45 mins: Six minutes of added time signalled at the end of the first half.

GOAL! Ecuador 0-1 Senegal | Ismaila Sarr (pen) 44'

15:45 , George Flood

44 mins: Absolute class from the Watford man.

The run-up is casual as you like and he slots into the bottom corner with Galindez rooted to the spot.

A massive goal for Senegal before half-time.

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15:44 , George Flood

43 mins: Sarr dusts himself down to take. Huge moment this before the break!

Penalty to Senegal

15:43 , George Flood

42 mins: Hincapie clatters into Sarr and French referee Clement Turpin immediately points to the spot!

Right decision. This won’t be overturned.

15:42 , George Flood

40 mins: Caicedo makes his way off gingerly but is quickly back on and looks okay to continue.

Five minutes - plus an inevitably hefty chunk of injury time - left before the interval.

Can either side break the deadlock?

Now it’s Preciado with a wild challenge on Gueye.

15:40 , George Flood

38 mins: Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is down and receiving treatment in the middle of the park after a hefty challenge from Sarr.

Looks to be his left ankle that is the affected area, with tape and spray being applied.

Caicedo has his arm over his face - Ecuador will not want to lose him.

Aside from Valencia, he is surely their most important player.

15:38 , George Flood

36 mins: First sight of goal for a little while as Jakobs flights in an excellent deep free-kick from the Senegal right.

Ciss gets up above Hincapie but his header is well over the crossbar.

A very physical battle this at the moment.

15:37 , George Flood

35 mins: A timely slip almost opens the door at one end for Ecuador, but Senegal recover and Dia comes close to connecting with a dangerous long ball in behind the defence.

Galindez eventually gathers gratefully.

15:35 , George Flood

33 mins: Valencia is left briefly clutching his knee once more after a physical battle with Koulibaly.

But he’ll be fine to continue.

Not too many opportunities for Ecuador’s talisman to impress thus far this afternoon.

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15:33 , George Flood

It’s gradually turning into quite an even game here. Ecuador seem a little tentative to me, though, understandable given they only need a point, but they’ve been at their best in this tournament when really getting after teams.

15:32 , George Flood

30 mins: We’ve hit the half-hour mark in Doha as Ndiaye tries to pick out Dia in the middle but the ball squirts through to goalkeeper Galindez.

The chances have rather dried up, but this game remains wonderfully poised.

Netherlands lead Qatar

15:31 , George Flood

There has been a goal at Al Bayt Stadium, with the Netherlands leading Qatar after Cody Gakpo slots home his third goal of the tournament already.

So as it stands, they will go through to the last 16 as group winners, with Ecuador progressing as runners-up if this result holds.

Further emphasising the need that Senegal need to win here.

15:28 , George Flood

26 mins: Possession changing hands plenty amid these first-half midfield tussles.

Koulibaly defending solidly for Senegal so far.

The Lions of Teranga have stood up strong to repel plenty of hopeful balls into the box.

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15:26 , George Flood

23 mins: Another warning for Ecuador, with Sarr outdueling Preciado after Gueye’s header and cutting inside from the left onto his right foot, curling an effort that takes a deflection on its way past the far post.

The corner comes to nothing, however.

15:24 , George Flood

21 mins: Thankfully for Ecuador, Preciado is now back on and fine to continue after treatment.

The game has rather settled down in the last few minutes after a frantic start - will Senegal live to regret not making more of their early dominance?

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15:22 , George Flood

Gonzalo Plata looks a real handful. That’s a couple of times in transition where he’s taken Ecuador from inside their own half into a really threatening position.

15:21 , George Flood

19 min: Ecuador are certainly struggling to find a decent final ball on the break so far.

Watford’s Ismaila Sarr clatters into Angelo Preciado, who is down and in some discomfort.

Ecuador coach Alfaro uses the break as a chance to give Valencia a pep talk.

15:19 , George Flood

16 mins: Still Senegal have the bit between their teeth, forcing the initiative and remaining on the front foot as they search for the opener.

An Ismail Jakobs corner is confidently punched clear by Galindez through a crowd of bodies.

15:16 , George Flood

13 mins: Sheffield United’s Ndiaye shoots wide once more for Senegal, with a Pape Gueye cross then gobbled up at the near post.

Between those attacks, Ecuador broke at pace but a heavy touch from Valencia did not lead to a shooting opportunity inside the box.

15:13 , George Flood

11 mins: Such an open game now, with the combative Idrissa Gueye - who has been playing much further forward than usual - into the book for a crude foul and with a lot of time to last on a yellow card.

Ecuador go close with a free-kick before Senegal pile on more pressure and Ndiaye’s cross is turned behind at the back post.

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15:12 , George Flood

It’s been a really positive start from Senegal, who should be at least one up.

I keep glancing over at their section of supporters because it’s only a pretty small section of drummers but the acoustics in here mean the noise is deafening, echoing around the ground.

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15:11 , George Flood

9 mins: Ecuador are going to have to change something here tactically, because they are very fortunate to still be level at 0-0.

This time Boulaye Dia rifles wide of the far post after being slipped in all too easily.

15:10 , George Flood

7 mins: Senegal are away again, this time Iliman Ndiaye with space down the right.

His enticing cross is turned away by Felix Torres, who is demanding more of his defensive team-mates.

15:07 , George Flood

5 mins: Ecuador look so open early on here.

Their high line is breached by a lofted pass down the left flank and goalkeeper Hernan Galindez comes tearing out of his area to make a challenge. He couldn’t afford to get that wrong.

Ecuador’s defence has been solid at this tournament so far, but they are playing with fire at the moment.

15:05 , George Flood

4 mins: What an early chance for Senegal!

A dangerous cross is whipped in low from the left flank and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye takes a touch across his body but the ball is running away from him slightly as he skews his effort wide of the far post.

That could easily have been 1-0.

15:04 , George Flood

2 mins: Some early defending to do for Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly, who is forced to put the ball out of play with Valencia lurking after a slightly loose pass on the break sent the Fenerbahce frontman wider than he’d have liked.

Ecuador’s Argentine boss Gustavo Alfaro is already down on the touchline barking out early instructions to his players.

KICK-OFF

15:01 , George Flood

HERE WE GO!

Who will book their place in the knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup?

This should be a cracker. Stakes so high.

14:58 , George Flood

A poignant anniversary for Senegal.

Who could forget that winning goal against France.

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14:55 , George Flood

Here come the teams at Khalifa International Stadium after the usual pre-match light show and pyrotehnics.

Enner Valencia leads out Ecuador as normal.

Time for the national anthems, with La Tri up first.

14:54 , George Flood

A reminder of how the table looks ahead of the big Group A finish...

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14:47 , George Flood

Final preparations in Doha! Kick-off is now less than 15 minutes away.

The players are going to have to go some to match the effort of some of these fans...

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14:37 , George Flood

Senegal’s drummers are making a great noise but the PA’s drowning them out with Freed From Desire.

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14:30 , George Flood

The pre-match thoughts of Standard Sport’s Malik Ouzia a little earlier on...

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Three Senegal changes

14:14 , George Flood

Senegal, meanwhile, show three changes from the side that beat Qatar 3-1 on Friday, condemning the hosts to an early World Cup exit and keeping their own last-16 hopes alive.

Pathe Ciss, Pape Gueye and Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye all come into Aliou Cisse’s starting XI.

Nampalys Mendy, Krepin Diatta and Famara Diedhiou drop to the bench.

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14:08 , George Flood

Our man Malik Ouzia is on the ground in Doha...

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Talisman Valencia fit for Ecuador start

14:07 , George Flood

So the headline news from an Ecuador perspective is that Enner Valencia IS fit to start this afternoon. What a boost for El Tri boss Gustavo Alfaro.

There are two changes to the side that drew with the Netherlands on Friday, with the suspended Sebas Mendez replaced in midfield by Carlos Gruezo of FC Augsburg.

Argentine-based Alan Franco also comes in for Jackson Porozo.

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Senegal subs

13:58 , George Flood

Seny Dieng, Formose Mendy, Cisse, Nampalys Mendy, Jackson, Moussa N’Diaye, Ballo-Toure, Diatta, Pape Sarr, Diedhiou, Ahmadou Dieng, Gomis, Name, Loum N’Diaye

Ecuador subs

13:58 , George Flood

Arboleda, Cifuentes, Pacho, Ayrton Preciado, Ibarra, Ramirez, Arreaga, Mena, Sarmiento, Palacios, Dominguez, Reasco, Porozo, Rodriguez

Senegal lineup

13:44 , George Flood

Starting XI: Edouard Mendy, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Ismail Jakobs, Pathe Ciss, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Pape Gueye, Iliman Ndiaye, Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia

Ecuador lineup

13:43 , George Flood

Starting XI: Hernan Galindez, Felix Torres, Piero Hincapie, Pervis Estupinan, Michael Estrada, Angelo Preciado, Carlos Gruezo, Gonzalo Plata, Moises Caicedo, Alan Franco, Enner Valencia

13:43 , George Flood

The atmosphere is already building in Doha! Two great fanbases inside the stadium today, expect plenty of brilliant noise and colour.

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Can Senegal still match 2002 vintage?

13:33 , George Flood

Senegal are only appearing at their third World Cup, having suffered the heartbreak of elimination in Russia four years ago after accumulating more yellow cards than Japan.

Following a 1-0 defeat to Colombia in their final group game, it was the first time that the fair-play rule had been used in the tournament.

No one should need reminding of Senegal’s only previous foray into the knockout stages, stunning France on their debut in Korea and Japan in 2002 and also drawing with Denmark and Uruguay to progress as runners-up.

They then toppled Sweden in dramatic fashion in the last 16 to become only the second African team to reach the quarter-finals and first since Cameroon at Italia 90, eventually being stopped by Turkey in agonising fashion.

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Ecuador to face England reunion in last 16?

13:22 , George Flood

Of course, not wishing to tempt fate for Gareth Southgate’s men before they play Wales in a high-profile ‘Battle of Britain’ later on tonight, but the runners-up in Group A are likely to face a last-16 showdown with England at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday evening.

That would be a familiar tale for Ecuador, whose only appearance in the knockout stages in three previous World Cup finals was ended by the Three Lions in Stuttgart back in 2006.

On that occasion, they beat Costa Rica and Poland to second spot behind Germany in their group and then lost out 1-0 to England, who were frustrated by their South American opponents before David Beckham’s 30-yard free-kick on the hour mark set up a quarter-final with Portugal.

That goal saw Beckham become the first England player to score at three World Cups.

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Group A permutations

13:05 , George Flood

So, to those all-important permutations now.

Ecuador need just a point to go through to the last 16 today, and would still have a chance of qualifying if they were to lose but Qatar also upset the Netherlands at Al Bayt Stadium.

For Senegal, only a win will likely do. A draw could be enough, but again that would require the already eliminated hosts to pull off a massive shock against Louis van Gaal’s side.

They haven’t looked even remotely capable of such an upset so far, losing both their opening games comfortably and becoming the first team to be knocked out (the earliest it has ever happened to World Cup hosts).

The Netherlands also only need a point to go through, but a defeat would also not stop them from advancing if Ecuador beat Senegal.

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12:57 , George Flood

Today’s venue, the impressive 45,000-capacity Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, a suburb of Doha.

It is part of the Aspire Zone complex.

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Predicted lineups

12:53 , George Flood

Here is how Standard Sport sees both teams lining up this afternoon, with official team news on the way in around an hour’s time.

Predicted Ecuador XI: Galindez; Porozo, Torres, Hincapie; Preciado, Gruezo, Caicedo, Estupinan; Plata, Estrada, Valencia.

Predicted Senegal XI: Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs; Sarr, Mendy, Gueye, Diatta; Diedhiou, Dia.

Ecuador vs Senegal prediction

12:45 , George Flood

Ecuador’s mean defence has been one of the best under-the-radar facets of this World Cup and can help see them through a nervy showdown to earn a spot in the last-16.

A tense 0-0 draw.

Senegal team news

12:44 , George Flood

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse, meanwhile, has no known fresh injury worries to contend with this afternoon.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is likely to miss out again after the injury that saw him stretchered off against the Netherlands, but Abdou Diallo shook off a knock from that same game before the 3-1 win over Qatar.

Bamba Dieng’s goal off the bench last time out could earn him a start here with Senegal needing a win to advance, though fellow forwards Boulaye Dia and Famara Diedhiou were also on target in that game.

Superstar Sadio Mane, of course, was heartbreakingly ruled out before the tournament started after undergoing surgery on a calf injury suffered on club duty with Bayern Munich.

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Ecuador team news

12:38 , George Flood

There’s only one place to start on the team news front, with Ecuador hopeful that captain, talisman and joint-leading World Cup scorer Enner Valencia will be fit to play some part this afternoon.

The former West Ham striker scored a brace to down hosts Qatar in the curtain-raiser before also netting a vital second-half equaliser against the Netherlands, but has been battling an ongoing knee injury throughout the tournament so far.

He went down late on against the Dutch and had to be stretchered off in hugely worrying scenes for La Tri, but he was later seen limping under his own power in the dugout.

If he isn’t fit to start today, then Brighton’s Jeremy Sarmiento could well get the nod in attack.

Sebas Mendez is suspended, so Jose Cifuentes or Carlos Gruezo could come into the midfield.

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Where to watch Ecuador vs Senegal

12:33 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, today’s huge World Cup match will be televised free-to-air and live on ITV4, with coverage beginning at 2pm GMT.

Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via ITVX and the ITV website.

Welcome to Ecuador vs Senegal LIVE coverage!

12:24 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of a crucial World Cup showdown between Ecuador and Senegal in Doha.

The final round of group fixtures is upon us already and Group A remains deliciously wide open, with these two teams and the Netherlands - who face already ousted hosts Qatar in Al Khor - all still vying for their places in the last 16.

Kick-off in both matches is at 3pm GMT, with the focus here on events at Khalifa International Stadium, where Malik Ouzia will be on hand to provide expert analysis.

We’ll also have all the match build-up and latest team news from both the Ecuador and Senegal camps ahead of such a vital fixture. Don’t go anywhere!

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