At the Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday, Ecuador will play Senegal in their final Group A match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Ecuador defeated the hosts, Qatar, in the first World Cup match, and the Netherlands was held to a 1-1 draw in the second match.
Enter Valencia, their captain scored three goals in the competition before being stretchered off against the Netherlands. Senegal’s comeback from their opening-day defeat to the Netherlands was helped along by their 3-1 victory over Qatar on Friday.
In the 41st minute, Boulaye Dia made it 1-0 after Famara Diedhiou and Bamba Dieng had scored in the second half. Qatar has lost the competition, but the other three teams in Group A still have a chance to make it to the knockout stage.
Ecuador, the Netherlands, and Ecuador all have four points, while Senegal has three. A draw would be preferable because Ecuador will be able to qualify regardless of the Netherlands-Qatar matchup. Senegal must win in order to advance to the knockout stage.
La Tri will be looking to become the first team in their history to never lose in the FIFA World Cup’s group stage after a strong start to their campaign. Against Senegal, their reliance on the veteran, who has scored all three of their competition goals, could be costly. He only has a short amount of time to get ready for the game, but at least he should be able to participate in this one.
Ecuador should not concede many goals due to their solid defensive lineup. Given that they did not keep a clean sheet against Qatar in their previous outing, it is highly unlikely that the Lions of Teranga will prevent Ecuador from scoring in this match. We anticipate a draw between the two teams, which appear to be evenly matched on paper, given their recent performance.
Prediction: Ecuador 1-1 Senegal
The two teams will meet for the second time, having previously played in a friendly match in 2002. In that game, Senegal won 1-0 thanks to an own goal scored in the second half. In three of their last five World Cup games, Senegal has scored more than 2.5 goals, while Ecuador has scored less than 2.5 goals in its last three games.
Senegal has never won a game against a South American team, and Ecuador has never played an African team at the FIFA World Cup. Ecuador has won a few of its last four FIFA World Cup matches, while Senegal has won only one.
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