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June 4, 2014
• 3:00 PM
• Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Referee: J. Marrufo
• Attendance: 21534
E. Valencia 8'
M. Arroyo 70'
W. Rooney 29'
R. Lambert 51'
Full time in Miami. England and Ecuador end their penultimate World Cup preparation friendly by playing out a rather feisty 2-2 draw in the United States. Enner Valencia opened the scoring with a bullet header eight minutes in but the South Americans were pegged back thanks to a close range finish from Wayne Rooney. Roy Hodgson's men came out of the blocks quickly after the break and went ahead through a rifled strike from Ricky Lambert, but Ecuador drew the game level again after substitute, Michael Arroyo, smashed a shot into the top corner from 25 yards. Plenty of positives from both sides, but we're no closer to seeing how they will line-up in Brazil in the World Cup proper! I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
90' + 1'
Ecuador get the free kick down the right hand side and it's that man again, Arroyo, who has been tasked with the set-pieced. Unfortunately he fails to channel the ability from his first goal once again, and ends up horribly shanking his free kick high and wide away from Foster.
That's speculative to say the least from Arroyo. The substitute is clearly brimming with confidence after scoring that peach of an equaliser, but perhaps too confident on this occasion as he shoots from 45 yards. The attempt has near enough fell out of the air by the time it reaches the goal, and ends up trickling wide.
Yet another change from Hodgson here as Wilshere worryingly hobbles off and will be replaced by Adam Llalana. The Arsenal man has been involved in a couple of strong challenges tonight, but it remains to be seen whether the change is just a precautionary measure.
In the last couple of minutes it has been England who have stamped their authority on proceedings. They've got plenty of pace up top now with the fresh legs of Welbeck, so let's see if they can grab a winner. Doubt we will see too much exertion from either side right enough.
A treble substitution involcing both managers here as Alex Ibarra comes on for Ecuador and Jordan Henderson and Danny Welbeck are introduced for England. Just under 10 minutes remaining to make an impact.
That melee has just took the sting out of the game slightly as both sides are starting to tire. The tempo has been pretty decent for a friendly up until now but it remains to be seen whether we'll get a barrage of chances in the last 10 minutes.
Red Card Raheem Sterling
Red Card Antonio Valencia
It's all kicking off here as Raheem Sterling and Antonio Valencia have been sent off! The Liverpool man initially goes in with an awful challenge on the Ecuadorian, who then gets up and reacts with anger. A scuffle ensues and the referee brandishes a red card to both! They are extremely lucky that this will not effect any kind of suspension in the World Cup! 10-a-side now!
Valencia receives the ball to feet down the right-hand side and takes a horribly heavy touch which allows Wilshere to come in and make the important challenge. The Man Utd man has been very wasteful down that wing tonight.
Sterling has looked bright since coming on and certainly looks England's best option to get some joy at the moment. He's got pace to burn, but the Three Lions are struggling to maintain an attacking tempo, and so can't get the ball to him down that left-hand side.
Hodgson makes another switch here as Luke Shaw comes off to be replaced by John Stones.
Ecuador look to have been buoyed by that equaliser and seem determined to press ahead for the winner here! There doesn't seem to be any of the signature friendly lack of tempo. Both sides really want to claim the victory!
Assist Antonio Valencia
Goal M. Arroyo
GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL FOR ECUADOR!! I'LL TELL YOU WHERE THE THREAT WILL COME FROM- The substitute, Arroyo! He's only been on the match a matter of seconds but has leveled the match after arrowing a fantastic strike into the top right corner from 25 yards! What a goal! 2-2!
That near-assist from Montero will be his last action of the match as he is replaced by Michael Arroyo. The former has arguably been Ecuador's most dangerous player in the match, so it'll be interesting to see where their threat will come from now.
ECUADOR HIT THE WOODWORK! HOW DID VALENCIA MISS THAT?! Montero stretches his legs down the left-hand side and reverses a pass to the penalty spot for Enner Valencia, who scuffs a shot off the post despite having a large target in which to aim! Smalling scrambles clear!
Hodgson makes another quick change and it sees goalscorer, Rooney, replaced by Raheem Sterling, who was bright after coming on against Peru on Friday. Let's see what the Liverpool winger can bring to the game.
The Ox hasn't really managed to recover from that challenge, in which he came off second best. He'll be replaced by Jon Flanagan, who makes his international debut this evening. James Milner will now move into midfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain loses the ball in a dangerous position just inside the England half but then bursts a gut to get back and win possession back from Gruezo, but in his attempts he ends up fouling the Ecuador man. Free kick to the South Americans.
England are just enjoying a nice period of sustained possession inside the Ecuador half here. Wilshere and Lampard have pushed forward and and are sweeping passes to the wings, but they need to be careful not to leave too much room in behind.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is really giving his manager something to think about in terms of team selection for the opening World Cup match against Italy. The England youngster looks dangerous every time he touches the ball and definitely looks in the mood to pose a threat tonight!
Absolutely sensational run from Oxlade-Chamberlain! The Arsenal man picks up the ball deep inside his own half but then opens up his stride through the middle and evades challenge after challenge! The ball eventually breaks to Lambert who looks to whip a strike towards the bottom corner, but his attempt goes a yard wide! Superb counterattack there!
Hodgson's men have just regained a bit of the swagger that they displayed during the first five minutes of play here. Passing much sharper and dribbles more dynamic.
Assist Ross Barkley
Goal Rickie Lambert
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL FOR ENGLAND!! The European side come flying out the blocks after the break! Barkley goes on marauding run through the middle and cleverly nutmegs Paredes before sliding the ball to the feet of Lambert on the right, who rifles a terrific strike into the left corner! Brilliant goal! 2-1 England!
Edison Vicente Méndez
Ecuador have been forced into a precautionary substitution here as Noboa has picked up a knock after a challenge he committed on Barkley. He'll be replaced in the middle of the park by Edison Mendez.
Oxlade-Chamberlain collects the ball to feet 30 yards from goal and takes on one or two Ecuador defenders before bursting into the box, but he just can't retain his balance enough to find a team-mate with a pass, and his ball ends up going wayward to the opposition.
A change to report for you at half time and it comes from Reinaldo Rueda as Felipe Caicedo is replaced by Joao Rojas.
We are back under way in Miami!
Half time in Miami. England and Ecuador go into the break at 1-1 after a relatively even opening 45 minutes. The Three Lions started brightly but were soon brought down to Earth after a strong header from Enner Valencia put the South Americans ahead. Roy Hodgson's men grew back into the match though and managed to claw one back through a controversial close range finish from Rooney. Interesting second half in store!
Saaaaaaaaave from Banguera!! Oxlade-Chamberlain gets in behind the opposition defence and hits the byline before smashing a strike towards the far corner, but the Ecuador keeper has his angles correct to divert the attempt away from danger!
Ecuador counterattack with their speedy frontline once again and England look susceptible but any potential threat to goal is nullified by Smalling, who shows a turn of pace to get back and put the fire out with a well-timed tackle. Good defending on this occasion.
Valencia drives down the right wing with pacey before jinking inside and attempting to exchange a one-two with Caicedo, but the initial pass inside is wayward and goes to the feet of Lampard, who looks to play England out from deep.
Lampard fires a free kick into the box from the left wing but Ecuador clear straight back out to him. He finds Smalling at the back post but the Man Utd defenders can't take the bouncing ball into his stride which allows Banguera to come out and claim.
Really good play again from Barkley. The 20-year-old executes a signature sharp turn in the middle of the park before bursting forward and lashing a strike at goal from range, but his attempt just goes a yard wide and doesn't pose much of a threat to Banguera.
ROONEY!! UNLUCKY!! Shaw gets into an advanced position down the left-hand side and reverses a clever pass to the edge of the box for his team-mate who makes connection with a stretch of the right leg, but there wasn't too much conviction on the attempt and it strays wide of the post. Decent move from England!
England are just not look convincing at the back here! Barkley gives the ball away cheaply in midfield which sees Enner Valencia power through on goal after being played onside by the horribly deep Smalling. Ben Foster ends up bailing his deep out by dashing off his line and seeing the ball out for a goal kick.
We've certainly got a couple of elements of controversy about that goal! Firstly it seemed as if Lambert controlled the ball with his hand, and then Rooney looked to be in an offside position as he scored from the line, as the Ecuador keeper was out of position. Two players obviously needed to keep a player onside.
Goal Wayne Rooney
GOOOOOOAALLLLLLLLL FOR ENGLAND!!! THE THREE LIONS EQUALISE!! Oxlade-Chamberlain drives into the box after receiving the ball from Milner and dinks a cross to the back post for Lambert, who hits the post with a flicked strike, but Rooney is on hand to tap home from a yard! 1-1!
The game is just beginning to open up here as England look to find their opening goal and and Ecuador look to double their lead.
That's poor from Valencia. The Ecuador captain receives the ball in a great position inside the channel just inside the penalty area, but fails to pick out a team-mate and instead hits the ball high and wide over the bar.
Lampaaaaaaaaaaard! What a strike that was! The now ex-Chelsea star collects the ball 30 yards out and lets rip with a powerful shot towards the top corner, but the distance just gives Banguera enough time to retreat and tip over the bar!
The corner kick is swung in and Rooney meets the set piece at the front post, but just can't direct his header towards goal, and Ecuador get the goal kick.
England counterattack with pace through Barkley and the Everton man eats up the turf with long, powerful strides! He delays the pass slightly before eventually picking out Oxlade-Chamberlain, who displays tremendous trickery to get beyond two defenders before reversing the ball inside, but Ecuador clear behind for a corner!
Milner carelessly gives the ball away in a dangerous position inside his own hald and Montero initiates an attack through the middle, but he inexplicably opts to pass inside despite having a straight path to goal. England eventually manage to scramble clear, but they are looking shaky here!
Ben Foster comes woefully far off his line in an attempt to steal the ball from the feet of Caicedo, but the former Man City man evades the challenge and takes the ball down the wing. England eventually clear but Ecuador recycle the attack which eventually sees Gruezo have a crack from 25 yards out, but the West Brom keeper gets back to his post to make the save.
Ecuador definitely looking at their most dangerous down the wings. The pacey Jefferson Montero and Antonio Valencia are causing problems for Shaw and Milner with their dynamism.
Barkley receives the ball to feet on the edge of the box and cleverly flicks a backheel pass to Rooney just inside the box, who fires a cross-come-shot along the six yard box, but there are no takers! That was begging to be smashed home!
That goal from Valencia just looks to have affected the psyche of England in the last few minutes. They came out of the blocks with confidence and were knocking the ball around well, but poor defending has cost them the opening goal.
The South Americans certainly didn't look like the more likely side to open the scoring judging on the balance of play in the first few minutes. England have been comfortable, but they've been hit by somewhat of a sucker punch.
Assist W. Ayoví
Goal Enner Valencia
GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL FOR ECUADOR!!! Ayovi collects the ball on the left-hand side and whips a superb cross to the back post for Enner Valencia, who bullets a header home! Brilliant, but poor defending from England! Where was Shaw?!
Lampaaaaaaaard Unlucky! Some lovely interplay between Lambert and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right-hand side sees the former reverse a pass to the edge of the box for his captain, who scuffs a shot wide by a few yards.
Lambert takes the ball into feet with precision and hold up before turning and fizzing a pass into the feet of Barkley, but the Everton youngster just moved ahead of play a little quickly as is ruled as offside. Almost a nice move there!
Comfortable start to the match from Hodgson's men. Lampard, Wilshere, and Rooney in particular have settled quickly and look confident when in possession.
Already a couple of decent openings for Rooney! The Manchester United man managed to get in behind the defence after a few seconds but just couldn't sort out his feet to get a shot away. The second opportunity just saw him trying to slide a pass through for Barkley, but Ecuador intercepted.
We are under way in Miami!
Here we go, the pre-match national anthems! Always good to get the juices flowing...even when the stadium is half-full!
The sweltering heat in Miami is sure to provide both England and Ecuador with decent preparation as they look ahead to the humid and heated atmosphere of Brazil next week.
Ecuador field a mosty expected XI, with Jefferson Montero, Antonio Valencia, and Felipe Caicedo all starting in a positive looking line-up.
As expected, Roy Hodgson has overhauled his starting XI from the win over Peru. At the back James Milner has been asked to perform a defensive role at right-back, and features alongside Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Frank Lampard captains the Three Lions and partners Jack Wilshere in the centre of midfield. As reported today, Wayne Rooney is deployed on the left-hand side in a trio with Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just behind Rickie Lambert. Plenty of impressing to do for Roy's men!
Ecuador (4-4-2): Banguera; Paredes, Guagua, Erazo, W. Ayovi; Noboa, Gruezo, A. Valencia, Montero; E. Valencia, Caicedo.
England (4-2-3-1): Foster; Milner, Jones, Smalling, Shaw; Lampard, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Barkley, Rooney; Lambert.
The last encounter between England and Ecuador actually came in the World Cup finals second round in Germany 2006, when a terrific David Beckham free kick sealed the 1-0 win and a trip to the quarter-finals. for Sven-Goran Eriksson's outfit. They would go on to meet Portugal in the last-eight, who, perhaps inevitably, won on penalties.
Daniel Sturridge, Phil Jagielka, and Gary Cahill were all on target on Friday evening as Hodgson's men claimed the comfortable win, but it remains to be seen whether that trio will start tonight as the former Fulham boss looks to utilise his 23-man squad.
England and Ecuador enter the match coming off conflicting results from their previous friendlies over the past week. The Three Lions brushed off Peru with a fairly routine 3-0 win at Wembley whereas the South American outfit suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Mexico.
Preparation, preparation, preparation is the name of the game tonight as Roy Hodgson and Reinaldo Rueda aim to field experimental line-ups in an attempt to get a better feel of their squad before the World Cup kicks off next week. Fringe players are expected to be given an opportunity to impress before the final round of friendly matches.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good evening folks and welcome to LIVE coverage of England's penultimate World Cup preparation friendly against fellow opponents in the competition, Ecuador, from the Sun Life Stadium in Miami!
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