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Jefferson Montero is convinced that Ecuador can hurt the Netherlands in the World Cup in Qatar

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The last time Ecuador faced the Netherlands was for a friendly match held at the Johan Cruyff Arena (until 2018 called the Amsterdam Arena) in the context of preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Oranje hosted the Tricolor on the 17th May of that year.

Ecuador was getting ready to face its third World Cup participation with the base of the squad that played the qualifying round with the Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda on the bench. Opposite, the always fearsome and respected Orange, who would end up reaching third place in that World Cup with an exceptional Robin van Persie.

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Carlos Gruezo, the only survivor of the Ecuadorian squad that drew with the Netherlands in the last friendly between the two

The goals of the match were scored by Jefferson Montero (minute 8) for the Tricolor and Van Persie (37 minutes) for the Dutch team. It was 1 on 1.

Montero would end up playing 65 minutes of that proof duel, and in the World Cup in Brazil three games, registering 230 minutes.

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About the last international friendly that the Tri played with the Netherlands, the Turbine He told EL UNIVERSO: “It was a nice game. Playing against one of the great world powers is always good. We had a competitive team and a very good litter (of players). The opportunity to tie was given, being able to win, but this is football ”.

“It was possible to materialize thanks to a collective play between all the teammates. I was able to score a goal and I enjoyed it, ”he narrated.

At the Johan Cruyff Arena, an effective finish from Jorge Guagua was quickly driven by Cristhian Noboa towards Antonio Valencia in midfield. The man from Manchester United put Juan Carlos Paredes to run on the right flank. He stopped his deployment on the right-back and gave the ball to Felipe Caicedo. On the edge of the area, Felipao filtered a beautiful pass with his left foot and between two Dutch players the ball reached the feet of Montero, who he defined with a smooth right-footed shot against Jasper Cillessen.

Few are the survivors of the Ecuador squad that tied 1-1 with the Netherlands eight years ago. Máximo Banguera, Juan Carlos Paredes, Cristhian Noboa, Carlos Gruezo, Jefferson Montero, Jaime Ayoví, Felipe Caicedo, Fidel Martínez, Joao Joshimar Rojas and Gabriel Achilier.

Montero, who recently played for 9 de Octubre FC and reached the runner-up spot in the Ecuador Cup 2022, affirms that Oranje “can be hurt.”

“We have great possession of the ball and the players are now super-determining, and that’s good for us,” said the former Swansea City player.

“They will surely do a great job. We all want them to win because we are a very united country and we want the National Team to always do very well. We are all going to be aware ”, he predicted.

Since its arrival in Qatar, Ecuador has sought to write historical pages of its football. They achieved one by becoming the first team to defeat the hosts in an opening game, and against the Netherlands on Friday they are looking for a victory that will grant them a place in the round of 16 for the second time in their history.

The duel is scheduled for 11:00 (Ecuadorian time) at the Khalifa International Stadium.

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Source: Eluniverso

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