The negative point in Ecuador’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands was the removal on a stretcher of Inner Valencia, captain and top scorer of La Tre.
The question that immediately emerged was: Will he play the next match against Senegal? The striker himself answered this question in the mixed area of Khalifa International Stadium after committing.
“I ran tests and it turns out I have a sprained knee and that bothers me a bit. Today I played with a sprain, I played with a little bit of pain. The most important thing is that I was able to help the group and we’re still strong and thinking big,” said Superman.
When asked if he would play against Africans, he gave an optimistic but not definitive answer. “He let me play this (match), let’s hope I’m much better in the next game and can keep helping.” So we have to wait for how it will develop in the next three days before the duel in order to pass to the round of 16.
The Ecuadorians and Senegalese face off next Tuesday, November 29, at 10 (Ecuadorian time) at Khalifa International Stadium. Those led by Gustavo Alfaro reach a tie to qualify for the next stage. While Aliou Cisse’s men need a win to progress. The tricolor can take first place if they beat the Africans and the Dutch unbeaten Qatar or beat them to a lesser extent.
Superman is very important to Ecuador, as he is their all-time top scorer and top scorer in the World Cup. In addition, he is the captain of the team and the most experienced player in the Ecuadorian squad at the start of the eleventh season, where young footballers dominate. So his absence would be a huge blow to La Tri.
Valencia is tough: more goals than matches at the World Cup
Although he was criticized for his cap-setting, as he was on a seven-match drought (he even missed a penalty in a friendly against Japan), the Fenerbahçe player once again gave La Tri joy, thanks to conquests in his 2nd first. A match against Qatar and now with a goal against the European team.
In this way, Valencia reached six World Cup goals (three in Brazil 2014 and three in this edition) and equaled the record shared by Oleg Salenko, Paolo Rossi and Eusébio, who were the top scorers for consecutive goals with a national team in 2014. These tournaments.
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