The Netherlands were held to a 1-1 draw against a spirited Ecuador side that arguably deserved more than a single point on Monday afternoon.
Cody Gakpo had to wait 84 tense minutes before nabbing the opener against Senegal in the Netherlands' first match. Barely five had elapsed before the PSV starlet blasted the Dutch ahead at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Whether deliberately or not, the Dutch visibly took their foot off the accelerator once their lead was established. Louis van Gaal's side struggled to rediscover any urgency from a standing start, registering just one more speculative shot in the rest of the match.