Copa America preview: Brazil - Ecuador
The Selecao, who needed a late equalizer against Paraguay at the weekend, must improve against Ecuador if they are to progress to the last eight of the Copa America.
By Mohammed Ali
|Brazil: Julio Cesar; Daniel Alves, Lucio, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos; Lucas Leiva, Ramires; Jadson, Ganso, Neymar; Alexandre Pato
|Ecuador: Elizaga; Reasco, Araujo, Erazo, Ayovi; Castillo, Noboa, Mendez, Arroyo; Benitez, Caicedo||
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Brazil is the defending champion of the Copa America, having won in Venezuela in 2007.
- The Selecao however, are still not assured of a quarterfinal place, and will only qualify for the last eight if they do not lose to Ecuador.
- Brazil has only lost once to Ecuador in seven previous encounters.
- Mano Menezes' men needed a late Fred equalizer to salvage a draw against Paraguay on Saturday. The unconvincing result leaves them 3rd in Group B, level on points with Paraguay and one behind leaders Venezuela.
- Ecuador is a draw specialist of late, with Rueda's side on a run of six straight ties in 2011 before last weekend.
- La Tri's 1-0 defeat to Venezuela thanks to a stunning Cesar Gonzalez strike has seen Rueda's side sit bottom of Group B. Nevertheless, the Ecuadorians are still in contention to qualify if they beat Mano Menezes' men in Cordoba.
- Ecuador is winless in eight consecutive games. The team's previous victory came in a 4-1 thrashing of Venezuela, which it was defeated by in its last game.
- Ecuador held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in the last head-to-head meeting, with Christian Noboa striking in the 89th minute to deny the Selecao in 2009.
Top 3 Predictions
Brazil 2-0 Ecuador
- 27.12 %
Brazil 3-0 Ecuador
- 14.59 %
Brazil 2-1 Ecuador
- 10.3 %
|Copa America (CA)||Jul 13, 2011||Brazil 4 - Ecuador 2|
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Mar 29, 2009||Ecuador 1 - Brazil 1|
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Oct 17, 2007||Brazil 5 - Ecuador 0|
|Copa America (CA)||Jul 4, 2007||Brazil 1 - Ecuador 0|
|Mar 5, 2014||South Africa 0 - Brazil 5||FR|
|Nov 19, 2013||Brazil 2 - Chile 1||FR|
|Nov 16, 2013||Honduras 0 - Brazil 5||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Brazil 2 - Zambia 0||FR|
|Oct 12, 2013||South Korea 0 - Brazil 2||FR|
|-||Marcelo Ramón Elizaga|
|-||Norberto Carlos Araujo|
|-||Michael Antonio Arroyo|
|8||Edison Vicente Méndez||Midfielder|
|-||Luis Armando Checa Villamar|
|-||Narciso Mina Villalba|
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