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Fidel Martínez
J. Montero
O. Lastra
Yellow Card
E. Herrera
Yellow Card
J. Cazares
A. Ibarra
R. Jiménez
Penalty Goal
E. Herrera
Jesús Corona
M. Bolaños
Assist
E. Valencia
Goal
M. Fabián
Yellow Card
A. Ibarra
Yellow Card
M. Fabián
J. Güemez
J. Aquino
E. Velarde
M. Bolaños
Yellow Card
M. Bolaños
Goal
H. Ayala
Yellow Card
3
3
2
3

Stats

Possession
% %
3
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 6
Total Passes 314 369

Commentary

Full time in Rancagua! Mexico are the first team to be knocked out of the Copa America as they fail to claim a single win in Group A. Ecuador are the winners tonight as they run out narrow 2-1 winners, and still maintain a very slight hope of reaching the next round if they are named as one of the two best third-placed teams. Miler Bolanos and Enner Valencia both netted for El Tricolor, with Raul Jimenez's penalty kick in the second half proving no more than a consolation. Chile and Bolivia progress in Group A! I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us tonight, see you next time!
There is only around 90 seconds or so left in this match and so it is safe to assume that Mexico will definitely not be joining the other nations in the quarter-finals. The only thing that they can hope to achieve now is to definitely make sure Ecuador don't qualify by netting an equaliser.
Fidel Martínez
J. Montero
Ecuador
Substitution Jefferson Antonio Montero Vite Fidel Francisco Martínez Tenorio
O. Lastra
Yellow Card
Ecuador
Yellow card Osbaldo Lupo Lastra García
Another change coming from Ecuador now and no prizes for guessing that it is Montero who comes off, who was slumped on the pitch just a couple of minutes ago. He is replaced by Fidel Martinez, who has failed to live up to expectations in the Copa America so far. Let's see if he can make a positive impact in his short cameo.
Montero snatches the ball in midfield and bursts forward through the middle before looking to exchange a fast one-two with Valencia. The return pass comes from the West Ham striker but his compatriot is so fatigued out there that he just falls to his knees as he can't bring himself to chase it down. The players have left everything out there tonight!
Eduardo Herrerra opens up his stride down the right touchline and takes on the defender before hitting the byline and smashing a cross into the box, which is deflected behind for a corner kick by Ayala. 
E. Herrera
Yellow Card
Mexico
Yellow card Eduardo Herrera Aguirre
Bolanos is again gulity of being slightly over-elaborate inside the penalty area as he receives the ball to feet from Valencia, only to take one too many touches before thinking about getting a shot away. Mexico, gratefully, manage to clear the danger because of his profligacy.
Mexico have under 10 minutes in order to salvage their Copa America campaign now, and time is well and truly against them as they require not one, but two more goals in order to qualify. A draw does nobody any good hear so if Herrera's men to indeed make it 2-2, expect a pretty special climax!
Achilier seems to be having a competition with himself as to how many daft tackles he can make in one half. The Ecuador defender, to be fair to him, is probably trying to make up for his earlier mistake by being overly aggressive in a challenge with Herrera, but is slightly over the top. Incredibly, the referee fails to blow for the free kick, wth the despairing Mexican left on the floor.
An Ecuadorian change to report for you now and it will see Alex Renato Ibarra come off to be replaced by Juan Cazares, who certainly can eat up the ground with his pace. Let's see if he can make an impact.
J. Cazares
A. Ibarra
Ecuador
Substitution Alex Renato Ibarra Mina Juan Ramón Cazares Sevillano
Ecuador's game management has been particularly impressive in the past 10 minutes or so. Mexico's goal will no doubt have given them some impetus to move forward and grab an equaliser, but El Tricolor have quickly curbed their ascendancy by continuing to be brave in their attacking play.
Miguel Herrera's changes just have not made the desired impact yet and it is mainly due to the fact that Ecuador are playing with confidence flowing through their veins going forward into the final third. Mexico just cannot get out of their own half to threaten the opposition goal!
Valencia attempts to turn provider once again as he makes his way into the danger area before selflessly setting up Montero at the back post, who somewhat fluffs his attempt at goal. The strike is still goal-bound regardless but Flores gets back into defensive position to make the important block from just a couple of yards out.
Twenty minutes to go in this crunch match in Group A and if this scoreline stays the same then Chile and Bolivia will play each other in one hour knowing that they have both qualified. Ecuador's only hope of qualification is through a position as the two best third-placed teams. They will be cursing themselves that they didn't play like this in their two previous matches!
Too slow from Bolanos! Valencia is involved in the action positively once again as he moves forward with purpose into the space in the right channel. He eventually tees up his compatriot inside the area, who decides to take a touch when a first-touch finish was the order of the day! The Emelec striker's delay in getting the attempt away means that the Mexico defence can get back and make the block and subsequent clearance!
Valencia gallops down the right wing and skips past a couple of challenges before looking to burst into the area. The Ecuadorian gets himself into an entertaining duel with Ayala near the byline and comes out second best on this occasion as the Mexico defender strongly shields possession out for a goal kick.
R. Jiménez
Penalty Goal
Mexico
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR MEXICO! HERRERA'S MEN ARE BACK IN IT! Raul Jimenez steps up after a delayed run-up and confidently dispatches the penalty down the middle, with Alexander Dominguez going the wrong way in between the sticks! Two-one! GAME ON!
PENALTY TO MEXICO! El Tri are given a ray of hope to get back into this match as Achilier climbs all over Ayala at the front post during a the process of a corner kick coming into the box! Such a silly, silly challenge from the Ecuador defender, and he may just get punished greatly for it!
E. Herrera
Jesús Corona
Mexico
Substitution Jesús Manuel Corona Ruíz Eduardo Herrera Aguirre
Third and final change from Miguel Herrera and it will see his namesake, Eduardo Herrerra, come on to replace Jesus Corona, who looks like he is just carrying a knock.
SAVE FROM ALEXANDER DOMINGUEZ! Mexico almost respond perfectly to going a goal down as they quickly press ahead from the kick-off! The ball ends up with Vuoso in a great position inside the area, who just manages to poke out a strike towards the bottom corner, only to be denied by the Ecuador keeper who gets down to make the stop!
M. Bolaños
Assist
Ecuador
Assist Miler Alejandro Bolaños Reascos
E. Valencia
Goal
Ecuador
GOOOOAAAALLLL!! GOOOAAALLL!! GOOOAAALLL FOR ECUADOR! They double their lead! Medina gives the ball away in a horrible position in midfield and Bolanos pounces before driving through the middle with authority. He eventually slides a pass through to Valencia, who shakes off the attentions of the Mexico defence to move towards goal and emphatically lash a finish into the bottom left corner! Two-nil!
Ayovi tentatively moves down the left wing and then slides a lovely pass in behind the Mexico defence for Montero, who attempts to burst into the area. In the end he is forced to revert back to his compatriot though, who quickly passes inside to Valencia.
Surely we have just witnessed one of the fastest bookings for a substitute in the history of the Copa America. Fabian, who has only been on the pitch a matter of seconds, quickly halts an Ecuadorian counterattack with a cynical shove to the back of Ibarra. Quite the way to introduce yourself in this must-win clash!
M. Fabián
Yellow Card
Mexico
Yellow card Marco Jhonfai Fabián De La Mora
Another substitution now and again it comes from Mexico, as Marco Fabian enters the action in place of Javier Guemez.
A. Ibarra
Yellow Card
Ecuador
Yellow card Alex Renato Ibarra Mina
M. Fabián
J. Güemez
Mexico
Substitution Javier Güemez López Marco Jhonfai Fabián De La Mora
The latest yellow card has been brandished now and it deservedly goes to Ibarra for an extremely late challenge on Medina a few yards in from the touchline. The referee quickly blows for the free kick and issues the booking to the Ecuadorian, who looks at the official like he is completely innocent.
Paredes finds some space down the right wing and drives a precision diagonal pass into the box for Valencia. The West Ham striker leaps up like a salmon and manages to get his head on it, but he is stretching so much that he can't direct his header underneath the crossbar. The Mexico defence looked shaky there, but they are let off the hook.
Both sides haven't really settled after the half-time break as we have seen plenty of long balls send up to the strikers and a few games of 'head tennis' in and around the centre circle. Certainly a bit of a midfield battle going on at the moment.
We are back under way in this Group A clash! A change to report for you at the break as Efrain Velarde is replaced by Javier Aquino for Mexico.
J. Aquino
E. Velarde
Mexico
Substitution Efraín Velarde Calvillo Javier Ignacio Aquino Carmona
Half time in Rancagua. It has been a highly entertaining opening 45 minutes in Estadio El Teniente as we go into the break at 1-0 to Ecuador versus Mexico. Both sides started the match impressively, but El Tricolor looked the most threatening side for the majority and eventually took the lead as Bolanos finished off a pacey counterattack with a close range finish. All to play for in the second half! Mexico need to win if they are to progress, but Ecuador are looking impressive!
Ibarra opens up his stride down the touchline, muscling off the challenge of Velarde as he goes. The Ecuadorian continues forward before looking for Valencia inside the box with a low cross, but Ayala is perfectly positioned at the front post to make the interception.
Ecuador have Mexico pinned into their own half at the moment. Valencia receives the ball to feet around 12 yards out and spins before looking to get a crack at goal away, but Julio Dominguez is on hand to make the important block. That strike would definitely have caused a few problems for Jose Corona!
Medina has two attempts to get a cross in from the left wing after previously wasting a corner kick. The second cross is much better and is swung deep to the back post, where Ayovi is standing to clear. Medina eventually collects possession back over where the initial ball came in, but his whipped delivery into the area is quickly snatches out of the air by Alexander Dominguez.
Some slightly worrying scenes for Ecuador at the moment as Valencia is currently down clutching his leg on the edge of the box. The West Ham striker has certainly been on the wrong end of some rough treatment tonight, and it looks like it has took its toll as he just takes a moment to compose himself. It seems as if he will be okay to continue, though.
Achilier takes a leaf out of Ayala's book as he gives a foul away in a dangerous area with a particularly rambunctious challenge. The foul is committed on Vuoso, who quickly dusts himself off to get up and take the quick free kick, but Mexico are unable to catch Ecuador out and thus are forced to move retreat in their possession.
Just under 10 minutes remaining in this first half and there is no doubt as to who will be the happier manager out of Herrera and Quinteros. The Ecuador boss is sure to be thrilled with how threatening his side have been, but there is still some work to be done before they can consolidate their half-time lead.
Montero does well to take the pressure off his defence for the time being as he goes on a sprinted dribble down the left wing, hugging the touchline as he goes. The Swansea winger attempts to take on Julio Dominguez, but the Mexico defender does well to usher possession out of play for a goal kick.
Mexico have responded pretty well in the last couple of minutes and have controlled the match in those central areas since going a goal down. Neither nation has been particularly impressive in their defending in this tournament so far, but Ecuador are acquitting themselves fairly well at the back as they soak up the pressure from their opponents.
That is just daft from Bolanos. The Ecuador attacker, who only moments ago gave his nation the lead, stupidly goes into the book as he attempts to snatch the ball from Jose Corona as the Mexico keeper bounces the ball inside his area. That may have worked a few years ago, but not now, despite the Emelec man's protests.
That goal has definitely gave Ecuador all kinds of confidence here! Valencia attempts to latch on to a threaded pass through the middle of the Mexico defence, but he is thwarted in the nick of time by Jose Corona, who dashes out quickly off his line to make the vital clearance! The Central Americans need to sort themselves out, and soon!
M. Bolaños
Yellow Card
Ecuador
Yellow card Miler Alejandro Bolaños Reascos
M. Bolaños
Goal
Ecuador
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL FOR ECUADOR! EL TRICOLOR TAKE THE LEAD! Ayala sends a poor clearance out into midfield which is pounced upon by the team in yellow! Valencia receives the ball inside the box and looks to squeeze a shot at goal, which takes a deflection on its way through! Bolanos is perfectly position just a yard out to smash into the roof of the net! One-nil!
Paredes opens up his stride once again down the spacious right wing and then cuts a pass inside to Valencia. The West Ham striker swivels on the edge of the area and attempts to get a shot away, only to be bundled to the floor by Ayala. The referee sees nothing in it, though, and decides to wave play on.
VUOSO! HOW CLOSE WAS THAT?! The 33-year-old pounces on some lackadaisical defending from Paredes and snatches possession before positioning himself, and curling a lovely right-footed strike towards the bottom right corner. Alexander Dominguez struggles to get across his goal but he is let off the hook as the attempt screws just wide of the post! Unlucky!
Estadio El Teniente is one of the more conservative stadiums in the Copa America, with the capacity somewhere around 15,000. However, it has proved so far, and is continuing to do so here, that it is capable of creating quite the exciting atmosphere! Both the Mexican and Ecuadorian fans have been in full voice, but they haven't been able to catalyse a goal from their team as of yet.
Ayovi, who has been tasked with a few set-pieces so far, clips the latest to the back post and Valencia battles away with Julio Dominguez, attempting to get a header away. In the end the Mexico defender does enough and the cross sails behind for a goal kick to the side playing in white this evening.
In an almost carbon copy of the previous challenge, Ayala comes right through the back of Valencia in a similar position in midfield, and the referee has had enough as he quickly brandishes a yellow card to the Mexican. He'll need to watch himself for quite a large proportion of the game now, which isn't exactly ideal when you are dealing with the buzzing duo of Montero and Valencia.
H. Ayala
Yellow Card
Mexico
Yellow card Hugo Ayala Castro
Ecuador are just starting to look more authoritative in the middle of the park now but Mexico have no qualms about committing fouls in these kind of areas as they have already done so four or five times up until now. Valencia has largely been the target of some hard tackling, and the latest comes from Ayala, who gives away the free kick around 40 yards from goal.
Paredes goes on a marauding run down the right-hand side and quickly moves play into the centre of the pitch. The game is stopped though as Ecuador are awarded a free kick in a very useful position. Ayovi steps up to take the set-piece, but his attempt is flashed the wrong side of the post.
Well we were treated to a lightning-quick opening couple of minutes in which Jose Corona was called into action twice by the Ecuador attackers, but the game has just quietened down slightly as both sides attempt to find their feet in terms of their passing and control of the ball. Mexico have probably saw more possession, but it is La Tricolor who are looking the more dangerous outfit.
One very noticeable aspect of Ecuador's play so far has been their intense attempts to win possession back high up the pitch. It is a decent tactic against this three-man Mexico defence, and with the energy of Valencia, Bolanos, and Montero at your disposal, it would probably be counter-productive not to utilise it!
Medina stands over a free kick from the right flank and has plenty of team-mates committed into the box. However, it is an extremely disappointing delivery from the Atlas winger, who fails to beat the first man with his flat cross. Ecuador attempt to take advantage and counter, but Mexico quickly recycle possession.
Jose Corona is called into action again as he is forced to beat away a stinging Noboa strike after the Ecuador midfielder had cut inside from the left wing. It is a very well-struck attempt from the 30-year-old, who certainly has it in his locker to net from such a distance, but on this occasion it is relatively comfortable in the end for the Mexico goalkeeper.
Montero is looking bright in these early stages. The pacey Swansea winger has already had a couple of exciting ventures down that left wing, and it seems as if the Mexico wing-back, Flores, is going to be in for a tough night!
SAVE FROM JOSE CORONA! A lovely Ecuador move sees Valencia release Montero down the left channel. The ball then comes back inside to Bolanos, who shifts past the defender before lashing a strike at goal, but it is right down the throat of the Mexico keeper who gets down and makes the stop with his legs! It should be 1-0 to the team in yellow!
WE ARE UNDER WAY IN RANCAGUA! IT IS MEXICO VS ECUADOR!
We are being treated to quite the passionate rendition of both national anthems here in the Estadio El Teniente! Let's hope the passion maintains throughout the 90 minutes.
The teams have made their way to the pitch and we are almost ready for kick-off!
Four changes in total over both starting XIs from their previous matches in the tournament, which were against Mexico and Bolivia respectively. For Mexico, Aldrete is withdrawn for Velarde, and for Ecuador, Mina, Ibarra, and Lastra come into the starting line-up in place of Erazo, Martinez, and Quinonez.
Ecuador (4-2-3-1): Alexander Dominguez; Paredes, Achilier, Mina, Ayovi; Ibarra, Lastra; Bolanos, Noboa, Montero; Valencia.  
Mexico (3-5-2): Jose Corona; Julio Dominguez, Ayala, Velarde; Flores, Medina, Guemez, Jesus Corona, Valenzuela; Jimenez, Vuoso.
TEAM NEWS...
Mexico and Ecuador actually faced each other not too long ago in an international friendly clash at the end of March. On that occasion at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, El Tri ran out narrow 1-0 winners, with Javier Hernandez grabbing the only goal of the game, in a match which saw goalkeeper Jose Corona turn in a fantastic performance between the sticks for the Central Americans.
Gustavo Quinteros' side, on the other hand, must rely heavily on other results – not in the group, but in the tournament as a whole. In the Copa America, the two best third-placed teams in the competition will also gain entry to the next round, but those positions are currently filled by Uruguay and Colombia respectively, who will also hold games in hand after this evening. So it is quite a long shot that we will see Ecuador grace the quarter-finals, but they will only give themselves a chance if they can snatch the three points.
Miguel Herrera's outfit are currently placed third in the group with two points taken from their opening two matches, and head into this game knowing that claiming all three points will see them gain qualification – no matter what the result in the Chile vs Bolivia match, which features the top two placed nations in the standings. A draw is not good enough, though, no matter the outcome in the other Group A clash.
Mexico and Ecuador have endured an extremely underwhelming start to the tournament, with the former only managing to secure two draws back-to-back and the latter having not picked up a point so far. Incredibly, however, both sides are still in with a shout to progress to the next stage if things go their way tonight.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action.
Good evening football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Copa America Group A clash between Mexico and Ecuador from Estadio El Teniente!
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