Draw of the group leaders

    At the World Cup in Qatar, the Netherlands missed out on qualifying for the round of 16 with a draw against Ecuador. Series goalscorer Enner Valencia secured a historic record for the South Americans. A second tournament victory would have been necessary for the Dutch to qualify for the knockout stage in Group A before the last matchday. In Al-Rajjan, Cody Gakpo (6th minute) put the European favorites ahead before Valencia (49th) equalized for Ecuador. Both teams still have the best chance for the next round. After the draw, hosts Qatar are eliminated from the preliminary round, having previously lost 3-1 to Senegal.

    This is how the hosts performed at world championships

    2022 | Qatar | Out after group stage (vs. Senegal, Netherlands, Ecuador)

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    2018 | Russia | Quarter-finals (5-6 on penalties vs. Croatia)

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    World champion: France

    2014 | Brazil | 4th place (0:3 v Netherlands)

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    World champion: Germany

    2010 | South Africa | Group stage (vs Mexico, Uruguay, France)

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    World champion: Spain

    2006 | Germany | 3rd place (3-1 v Portugal)

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    World Champion: Italy

    2002 | Japan & South Korea | Round of 16 (0:1 vs. Turkey) & 4th place (2:3 vs. Turkey)

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    World champion: Brazil

    1998 | France | World Champion (3-0 v Brazil)

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    1994 | United States | Round of 16 (0-1 v Brazil)

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    World champion: Brazil

    1990 | Italy | 3rd place (2-1 v England)

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    World champion: Germany

    1986 | Mexico | Quarter-finals (1-4 penalties vs. Germany)

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    World Champion: Argentina

    1982 | Spain | Group stage (vs. Germany, England)

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    World Champion: Italy

    1978 | Argentina | World Champion (3-1 aet v Netherlands)

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    1974 | Germany | World Champion (2-1 v Netherlands)

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    1970 | Mexico | Quarter-finals (1-4 v Italy)

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    World champion: Brazil

    1966 | UK | World Champion (4:2 aet against Germany)

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    1962 | Chile | 3rd place (1:0 against Yugoslavia)

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    World champion: Brazil

    1958 | Sweden | Final (2-5 v Brazil)

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    1954 | Switzerland | Quarterfinals (5:7 against Austria)

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    World champion: Germany

    1950 | Brazil | Group stage (vs Spain, Sweden, Uruguay)

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    World champion: Uruguay

    1938 | France | Quarter-finals (1-3 v Italy)

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    World Champion: Italy

    1934 | Italy | World Champion (2:1 aet in the final against Czechoslovakia)

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    1930 | Uruguay | World Champion (4:2 in the final against Argentina)

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    Fenerbahce pro Valencia has meanwhile caught up with record holders Eusébio, Paolo Rossi and Oleg Salenko with his sixth straight World Cup goal for Ecuador. The Ecuadorian World Cup record scorer scored the 1-1 draw against the Netherlands (49th minute) on Friday, further extending his streak. The 33-year-old striker had already scored both goals for La Tri in the 2-0 win against Qatar in the opening game. According to data service provider Opta, only Portugal’s Eusébio in 1966, Italy’s Rossi in 1982 and Russia’s Salenko in 1994 had previously scored six World Cup goals in a row for a country.

    In the final stages of the game against the Netherlands, however, Valencia had to be substituted again. The offensive man held his right leg and was carried off the field on a stretcher. He was able to walk the last few meters to the bank, supported by two attendants. Valencia had already been substituted against Qatar.

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