THERE GOES THE FINAL WHISTLE!! What a dramatic finish to the game! Brazil have ended their goalless jinx but they are still winless in a World Cup qualifier in Ecuador. This would have been the closest they've come, though, but they will not be too disappointed with a point. Final score in Quito... Ecuador-1 Brazil-1.
Mendez swings in a corner to the far post AND THE BALL JUST BOUNCES OFF AN UNWARE BENITEZ but Julio Cesar was at the right place and the right time to keep it out!!
Ecuador are going for the victory here. Benitez darts forward... Benitez twists and turns Lucio and HE GOES DOWN INSIDE THE BOX!! NO PENALTY!
NOBOAAAAA.... GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!! Ecuador are levelled! Benitez's shot from a Mendez cross was parried out by Julio Cesar but Noboa was there to stab it home from close range!! 1-1 with a minute to go!!
Goal C. Noboa
FABIANO RIFLES IN A SHOT FROM 20 YARDS OUT but it's beaten away by Cevallos! The ball drops back for FABIANOOOOO... who crashes his rebound against the outside of the post!! That would have been game set and match had it gone in!
Ayovi again will try to angle it in with his left foot... AYOVI GOES FOR ALL POWERRRR... and it sails high and wide!!
REASCO IS BUNDLED OVER JUST OUTSIDE THE BOX!! He crumbled to the ground inside the box but the foul was committed by Luis Fabiano inches outside the white line!
The hosts are winning freekick after freekick. Mendez floats another one in and Benitez again thumps it off target!
Yellow Card Daniel Alves
La Tri have another freekick right on the edge of the box on the left flank. Ayovi will whip it in with his left foot... he goes straight for goal but it's nowhere near the target!
MENDEZZZZ... CURLS IN ANOTHER FREEKICK FROM 25 YARDS OUT... but it is arrowed straight at Julio Cesar. There was plenty of swerve in the shot but no direction or any real power.
Yellow Card Marcelo
Yellow Card S. Castillo
Ecuador look a little shell-shocked now. And they could be punished further as Brazil have a free-kick in a dangerous area. Dani Alves will take it... HE GOES STRAIGHT FOR GOALLLL... but Cevallos dives to his right and palms it out at full stretch!!
Substitution J. Guerrón C. Noboa
BAPTISTAAAAA.... GOAL!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!! What an entrance!! He started the move and he finished it as he collected Robinho's through ball and drilled in a low shot, which came back off the foot of the post and into the net off the back of Cevallos' head! Brazil lead 1-0!!
Goal Julio Baptista
Dunga has made his final change as he sends in Julio Baptista for Ronaldinho as he looks to add more muscle in midfield.
Substitution Ronaldinho Julio Baptista
Brazil have almost every man behind the ball as Ecuador lay siege to the Selecao goal. Reasco takes a crack at goal from distance but it's well off target.
Yellow Card Gilberto Silva
Mendez fires in an ambitious freekick from 25 yards towards the left channel out but it just dips over the bar! Julio Cesar would have had it covered anyway.
Valencia squeezes his way down the right into the middle... he squares it for MENDEZZZZ... who misses his shot completely with a clear sight of goal infront of him!!
Ayovi lifts the ball over the Brazilian defence to GUERRON... GUERRON STAYS ONSIDE AND HE IS THROUGH ON GOAL... he smashes in a half volley but the on-rushing Julio Cesar makes YET another superb reflex block!!
Substitution Elano Josué
Ronaldinho slips a through pass to LUIS FABIANO... FABIANOOOOO... DRILLS HIS LOW SHOT STRAIGHT AT CEVLLOS!!
ESPINOZAAAAA... HAMMERS IN A THUNDERBOLT FROM 25 YARDS OUT... but Julio Cesar again turns it around with his fingertips as the ball swerves away from him!! The Ecuadorian players are slowly queueing up to have a crack ta goal.
BENITEZ TEES HIMSELF FOR A SHOT ON GOALLLLL... but he drags it wide again with his left foot!!
Dunga is looking rather lost on the touchline as Alves takes a shot at goal from all of 35 yards out on the left channel. Cevallos easily collects it.
Brazil are more alert and aggressive now in defence. Alves hacks down Ayovi with a sliding tackle but Ecuador fail to produce any threats from the freekick.
BENITEZ GHOSTS IN BEHIND LUCIO... BENITEZZZZZ RIFLES HIS HALF VOLLEY WELL OVER THE BAR!! How many more chances is he going to miss?! Brazil go straight on the attack now as Robinho drives down to the byline on the left flank and manages to win a corner.
CAICEDOOOOO... sneaks in between the two centre-backs to meet Guerron's cross but he sends his low header straight at Julio Cesar!!
Guerron tests Julio Cesar early on with a hopeful shot from 25 yards out, but it was nowhere near hitting the mark.
Just to show you the disparity in the first half, Ecuadro had 14 shots, five on target, compared to just four shots for Brazil, of which only one was on target. But we're back for another 45 minutes and it's still anyone's game. Luis Fabiano and Robinho get the restart underway!
There is to be no late drama as the referee brings the half to a close. Brazil are struggling but they finished strongly while for Ecuador, well they have been in control right from the start and they have created countless chances. Dunga will be the happier of the two coaches at the break but he knows he has plenty of work to do still for the second half.
The hosts charge forward one last time to look for the opening goal before the first half ends. Two minutes of time will be added on.
Yellow Card Elano
Robinho and Luis Fabiano combine superbly juggling the ball in the air right inside the Ecuador box. ROBINHO GETS THE FINAL PASS AND NAILS IN A HALF VOLLEY... but his cross-shot just bobbles wide at the back post!
Guerron clips in a cross from the right off a short corner and Benitez is again unmarked and unchallenged at the far post but he sends his effort well wide!
AYOVIIIII... LETS FLY WITH A STINGING LEFT FOOT SHOT FROM 30 YARDS OUT and Julio Cesar had to be very alert again to push it out on the bounce!!
Alves picks up Ronaldinho's short corner... ALVES DRILLS IN A SHOT FIRST TIME... but it trickles wide of the right post!
Robinho latches on to another long ball and brings it down expertly but he is immediately surrounded by three inside the box. He turns and sets up a shot for a team-mate but there's no one there!
Ronaldinho floats a high ball over the Ecuador backline for Luis Fabiano but the cross is to heavy for the Sevilla striker to chase down.
BENITEZZZZ... rises high to meet Guerron's cross but AGAIN he is unable to hit the mark! Sixto Vizuete's men have really wasted a lot of chances infront of goal so far in the first half. You just wonder if it will come back and haunt them later on.
Lucio joins in on the attack. Lucio tries to wiggle his way down te left right on the byline.. STILL LUCIO... he goes for a shot from a right angle but it's blocked by Hurtado.
Luis Fabiano and Melo play a clever one two and the Fiorentina midfielder is released through on goal... but he is hacked down just outside the box! Ronaldinho will take the freekick... but he thumps it against the wal!! That's the first time since the opening few minutes they have seen the Ecuador goal and they've wasted an excellent chance!
It's all one way traffic so far and it looks almost like a training match for Ecuador. They are easily beating their Brazilian counterparts at everything, everywhere!
Dani Alves has been brought on for Maicon, by the way. Lets see if he can give Brazil an extra spark. But Alves is easily beaten by Ayovi down the right flank. AYOVI CENTRES IT LOW TO CAICEDO... CAICEDO TURNS AND SHOOOOOTS... JUST wide!!
Substitution Maicon Daniel Alves
VALENCIAAAAA... SMASHES IN A SHOT FROM 20 YARDS OUT AND IT CANNONS BACK OFF THE BAR!! That's the closest we've come to a goal and Ecuador continue to press. Mendez floats in a cross from the right but Benitez couldn't find the target at the far post!!
Maicon could be in trouble here. He crumbled straight to the ground as soon as he hit that cross. He might have sprained his ankle or twisted his knee. Dani Alves jumps straight to sideline to warm up.
Benitez's shot can't get past Lucio... Mendez is there for the follow up but he blazes it well over! Brazil make a rare attack down the right wing but Maicon completely overhits his cross!
Guerron tries to shimmy and jink his way around Marcelo but the Brazilian left-back manages to stay with him all the way and block the cross.
Benitez dances his way past one and then another, but Melo clips him right on the edge of the box! Mendez will thump it in... MENDEZ DRILLS IT LOW... PARRIED OUT BY JULIO CESAR!! Benitez charges on for the rebound... AND JULIO BLOCKS IT AGAIN WITH HIS FOOT THIS TIME!! Outstanding double save from the Inter shot-stopper!
La Tri are absolutely taking the game to the Selecao. They are passing the ball around confidently and finding a lot of open spaces in attack. The visitors look as if they are affected by the high altitude. They just can't get anything going at the moment.
GUERRONNNN... goes for an ambitious direct shot on the right wing but he could only ripple the side netting! His team-mates were screaming for him to cross it to the middle.
BENITEZZZZ... TURNS LUISAO AND PUMMELS IN A HALF VOLLEY ON THE EDGE OF THE AREA... but Julio Cesar dives to his left and punches the ball clear!!
Ecuador have a freekick on the edge of the box dead centre. Mendez and Benitez stand over the ball... MENDEZ WILL TAKE IT... over the wall and over the bar!
MARCELOOOOOO... DRILLS IN FIERCE LEFT FOOT DRIVE FROM ANGLE... but he sends it wide at the back post. It was Ronaldinho and Robinho who combined brilliantly to release the overlapping left-back.
Ecuador attack right from the start. Guerron hooks in a cross from the left and Benitez lunges forward to meet it with a flying header but he can't direct it on target.
Referee this evening is Carlos Chandia from Chile and he signals for Ecuador to get the match underway!
As many had expected, Dunga will not be able to count on Kaka as the playmaker is still nursing a foot injury. Milan team-mate, Ronaldinho will take his place, while Adriano is also sidelined with an ankle problem, although he has made the substitute’s bench. Luis Fabiano will start upfront for the Selecao, supported by Robinho on the left flank, Elano on the right and Ronnie just behind him.
Welcome to Goal.com’s live coverage of the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. We’re at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa this evening as host Ecuador look to extend their impressive record against Brazil. The five-time champions have yet to win or even score a goal on Ecuadorian soil in a World Cup qualifying match but they will be hoping to break that curse today in an attempt to close the gap down on CONMEBOL group leaders, Paraguay.
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