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Who is the referee for Netherlands vs. Ecuador Group A match?

Here’s a look at the referee and crew for Netherlands vs. Ecuador

Match Referee, Mustapha Ghorbal signals the first goal scored by Maximiliano Meza of CF Monterrey (not pictured) will stand during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 5th Place Match match between CF Monterrey and Al Jazira at Al Nahyan Stadium on February 09, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Angel Martinez - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

The top two teams in Group A face off on Friday in their second match of the World Cup group stage. The Netherlands and Ecuador face off at Khalifa International Stadium in Ar-Rayyan. The match kicks off at 11 a.m. ET and will air on FOX.

The match will be led by an Algerian officiating crew, with Mustapha Ghorbal serving as the referee. He has been a full international referee since 2014, but this is his first World Cup. His past international experience includes the FIFA Club World Cup, the Under-20 World Cup, and the Arab Cup. This year, he served in one match at the CA Confederation Cup where he gave out three yellow cards and the CAF-Supercup where he gave out four yellow cards, including one resulting in a penalty kick.

Netherlands is a -130 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook in their second World Cup match. Ecuador is a +390 underdog and a draw is installed at +270. The Dutch squad beat Senegal 2-0 in the first round of games while Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0. The Netherlands is -500 to win the group and -10000 to just advance to the knockout stage while Ecuador is +350 to win the group and -280 to advance.

Total cards for Friday’s match is set at 3.5 with the over priced at -135 and the under at +100. Ghorbal’s officiating crew for the match will include the following, with roles and nationalities included (h/t Law 5 - The Referee):

  • Assistant Referee 1: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak Etchial (ALG)
  • Fourth Official: Said Martinez (HON)
  • Reserve Assistant Referee: Helpys Raymundo Feliz (DOM)
  • Video Assistant Referee: Shaun Evans (AUS)
  • Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Redouane Jiyed (MOR)
  • Offside Video Assistant Referee: Ashley Beecham (AUS)
  • Support Video Assistant Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)
  • Standby Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Anton Shchetinin (AUS)