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Ecuador vs Senegal World Cup lineup, starting 11 for Group A match at Qatar 2022

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It’s winner takes all as Senegal face Ecuador, with a Round of 16 spot waiting if either side can grab all three points. 

With Netherlands leading Group A and expected to sweep the already eliminated Qatar team aside, the runners-up spot in Group A is all to play for. 

Ecuador have the advantage: a draw will be enough for them. Senegal simply must win or  —  bar a freak result between the hosts and the Netherlands  — they’ll be flying back home. 

Below are the projected lineups for both teams based on the latest news leading up to the match.

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Ecuador vs Senegal lineups

Gustavo Alfaro has insisted his Ecuador team won’t simply play for a draw on Tuesday. Alfaro wants to go into the Round of 16 winning, but the fitness of his star man could scupper those plans.

Enner Valencia’s three goals in Qatar have only been matched by France superstar Kylian Mbappe. The Ecuador captain fired two past Qatar and another against the Netherlands. 

The striker has been the target of some tough tackles and admitted he “played with pain” during their second match  —  going off on a stretcher in the final minutes. A knee sprain was the diagnosis. 

Valencia is determined to play a role against Senegal. Alfaro said: “He has a big heart and wants to be in every battle for our national team. His leadership is something that we always need.

“If he’s not ready from the beginning I hope he can be present at some point, but I have confidence because I know that he will want to be there. He’s feisty.”

For Senegal, Cheikhou Kouyate remains absent after being carried off on a stretcher in his nation’s opener.

Below are the projected starting lineups for both teams ahead of their match at the Khalifa International Stadium on 29 November.

Ecuador projected starting 11

Ecuador (3-4-3, right to left): 1. Galindez (GK) — 25. Porozo, 2. F. Torres, 3. Hincapie — 17. Preciado, 20. Ibarra, 23. Caicedo, 7. Estupinan — 19. Plata, 11. Estrada, 16. Sarmiento.

  • Injured: Enner Valencia (knock)
  • Suspended: Jhegson Mendez

Valencia will no doubt do everything he can to start against Senegal, but if he isn’t fit in time it could be Jeremy Sarmiento, Brighton’s 20-year-old striker, who replaces him. 

Jhegson Mendez is suspended after two yellow cards in the first two matches, and will likely be replaced by Romario Ibarra.

Ecuador have no injuries or issues beyond that of their star player, and otherwise look in good shape to attack Senegal. 

Senegal projected starting 11

(4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-E. Mendy (GK) — 21-Sabaly, 3-Koulibaly, 4-A. Diallo, 14-Ismail Jakobs — 11-Ciss, 6-N. Mendy — 15-Diatta, 5-I. Gueye, 18-I. Sarr — 21-Dia. 

  • Injured: Cheikhou Kouyaté, Sadio Mane (out for tournament)
  • Suspended: 
  • Out:

Senegal’s attacking plans were obliterated when Sadio Mane was ruled out of the 2022 tournament. Now their midfield has taken a hit too, with Cheikhou Kouyate injured. 

The Nottingham Forest star landed awkwardly after challenging for the ball during the opener against Netherlands, and was taken off on a stretcher. He was sidelined for the Qatar game and will miss the Ecuador game as well. 

Ecuador vs Senegal World Cup squads

Here are all the names on Ecuador and Senegal’s current World Cup squad in Qatar (Caps correct as of start of Qatar 2022):


Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez Deportes Tolima (ECU) 35 67
Goalkeeper Hernan Galindez Aucas (ECU) 35 12
Goalkeeper Moises Ramirez Independiente (ECU) 22 2
Defender Robert Arboleda Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 32
Defender Xavier Arreaga Seattle Sounders (USA) 28 17
Defender Pervis Estupinan Brighton (ENG) 24 28
Defender Piero Hincapie Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 20 21
Defender William Pacho Royal Antwerp (BEL) 21 0
Defender Diego Palacios LAFC (USA) 23 11
Defender Jackson Porozo Troyes (FRA) 22 5
Defender Angelo Preciado Genk (BEL) 24 25
Defender Felix Torres Santos Laguna (MEX) 25 16
Midfielder Moises Caicedo Brighton (ENG) 20 25
Midfielder Jose Cifuentes LAFC (USA) 23 10
Midfielder Alan Franco Talleres (ARG) 24 23
Midfielder Carlos Gruezo Augsburg (GER) 27 45
Midfielder Jhegson Mendez LAFC (USA) 25 31
Midfielder Ayrton Preciado Santos Laguna (MEX) 28 27
Midfielder Jeremy Sarmiento Brighton (ENG) 20 9
Forward Michael Estrada Cruz Azul (MEX) 26 36
Forward Romario Ibarra Pachuca (MEX) 28 24
Forward Angel Mena Club Leon (MEX) 34 45
Forward Gonzalo Plata Real Valladolid (SPA) 21 29
Forward Djorkaeff Reasco Newell’s Old Boys (ARG) 23 3
Forward Kevin Rodriguez Imbabura SC (ECU) 22 0
Forward Enner Valencia Fenerbahce (TUR) 33 74


Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy Chelsea (ENG) 30 25
Goalkeeper Alfred Gomis Rennes (FRA) 29 14
Goalkeeper Seny Dieng  QPR (ENG) 27 3
Defender Kalidou Koulibaly Chelsea (ENG)  31 63
Defender Pape Abou Cisse Olympiacos (GRE) 27 12
Defender Abdou Diallo  RB Leipzig (GER) 26 18
Defender Fode Ballo-Toure AC Milan (ITA) 25 14
Defender Formose Mendy Amiens (FRA) 21 2
Defender Ismail Jakobs Monaco (FRA) 23 1
Defender Youssouf Sabaly Real Betis (SPA) 29 24
Defender Moussa Ndiaye Anderlecht (BEL) 20 0
Midfielder Idrissa Gueye  Everton (ENG) 33 95
Midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate Nottingham Forest (ENG)  32 82
Midfielder Nampalys Mendy Leicester City (ENG) 30 18
Midfielder Pape Gueye  Marseille (FRA)  23 11
Midfielder Pape Matar Sarr Tottenham (ENG)  20 8
Midfielder Mamadou Loum N’Diaye Reading (ENG) 25 3
Midfielder Moustapha Name Pafos (CYP) 27 6
Midfielder Pathe Ciss Rayo Vallecano (SPA) 28 0
Forward Ismalia Sarr Watford (ENG) 24 47
Forward Boulaye Dia Salernitana (ITA)  25 18
Forward Bamba Dieng Marseille (FRA) 22 12
Forward Iliman Ndiaye Sheffield United (ENG) 27 14
Forward Famara Diedhou Alanyaspor (TUR) 29 24
Forward Krepin Diatta  Monaco (FRA)  23 25
Forward Nicolas Jackson Villarreal (SPA) 21 22

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