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Copa America

  • July 13, 2011
  • • 8:45 PM
  • • Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Ciudad de Córdoba, Provincia de Córdoba
  • Referee: Roberto Silvera

Copa America preview: Brazil - Ecuador

Copa America preview: Brazil - Ecuador

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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.

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Daniel Alves, Lucio, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos; Lucas Leiva, Ramires; Jadson, Ganso, Neymar; Alexandre Pato

Mano Menezes looks set to call on his strongest side for the important clash against La Tri. The Selecao coach started with Jadson ahead of Robinho against Paraguay, yet it is unknown if he will follow the same route. Tottenham midfielder Sandro has also withdrawn from the squad, citing a knee injury. Having seen rivals Argentina qualify in its final group game, the five-time world champion knows that only a much-improved display will see them progress.

Ecuador: Elizaga; Reasco, Araujo, Erazo, Ayovi; Castillo, Noboa, Mendez, Arroyo; Benitez, Caicedo

Reinaldo Rueda is again without Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, who picked up an ankle injury in the first match against Paraguay and the coach has maintained that he will not be risked. Otherwise, Ecuador remains unchanged. The team is also in contention for a place in the last eight, but only if it overcomes the defending champions.

  • 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.
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