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Uruguay v Ecuador Live Commentary, 6/16/19

4 - 0
N. Lodeiro (6)
E. Cavani (33)
L. Suárez (44)
A. Mina (78 og)
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto


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A statmement of intent from Uruguay in Belo Horizonte as they trounce Ecuador 4-0 to get their campaign off to a flying start. Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring after just six minutes, before a Jose Quintero red card set up a grim day for Ecuador. Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez would add to the lead in the first half, with an Arturo Mina own goal adding insult to injury for La Tricolor.
90' + 2' Suarez and Cavani charge forward on the break, with the latter playing in the former, who is promptly tripped up by Mina, who hardly tries to mask his intentions. He's had quite the frustrating night.
90' Quite surprisingly, there will be four minutes added on at the end of this match. No mercy for Ecuador.
89' Ecuador haven't lost a Copa America match by four or more goals since a 6-1 defeat to Argentina in 2004.
87' A lengthy delay here as Dominguez goes down following that last Uruguay chance, and requires a bit of treatment. There's probably a bit of mental fatigue playing its part here as well. No one seems too concerned with the time running off the clock here.
85' LIFTED OVER! Suarez hustles to keep the ball in play and pulls it back for Cavani. A bit of pinball in the area results in the ball coming back to Suarez who sees his initial effort save, before blazing an effort over the bar moments later!
83' It's really being played at a snail's place now following that fourth goal. Ecuador have no interest being out there, and it's hard to blame them given how this has played out. Onto the next for them.
F. Valverde
M. Vecino
81' Uruguay make their final change of the match with time winding down, as Valverde replaces Vecino in midfield.
80' Lodeiro's goal was Uruguay's 400th in Copa America history, with only Argentina (455) and Brazil (405) reaching this milestone before them.
A. Mina
Own Goal
78' IT COUNTS! Make that 4-0 Uruguay! A ball over the top was chested back into the danger area by Pereiro, where Mina embarassingly runs into it, sending a looping effort over his keeper and into the back of the net! It's a real head in hands moment for him.
78' Another disallowed goal! For a third time tonight Uruguay have the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed! It was an own goal in the end, but the flag was raised on Pereiro in the build-up, and you have to think the referee will want to take another look at this. He certainly didn't look offside.
77' A rare sight at goal for Ecuador as Velasco tries his luck from distance, and why not. He doesn't quite get the contact right, however, as Muslera can watch is sail comfortably over the bar.
L. Torreira
N. Lodeiro
75' A second change of the match for Uruguay sees Arsenal midfielder Torreira coming on to replace Lodeiro, scorer of the game's first goal.
72' There seems to be an opportunity for Ecuador to capitalise on here with Uruguay lulling themselves to sleep, almost. They've had such an easy go at it, that if La Tricolor can find a way to dig deep and make a late push, Uruguay might be caught off guard.
70' Uruguay as comfortable as could be right now as they pass it around at the back, with Ecuador showing no desire whatsoever to press. As Godin and Gimenez pass it back and forth, the closest yellow shirt is a good 15 yards away.
68' There's been little goalmouth action to speak of with neither side showing any urgency on the ball, perhaps understandably so. This half has largely been played at a walking pace.
66' Suarez has five goals for Uruguay in just seven Copa America matches, leading La Celeste's active players in goals scored at the tournament despite just appearing in one edition previously in 2011.
G. Pereiro
N. Nández
64' Uruguay go to the bench for the first time tonight as PSV's Pereiro is brought on to replace Nandez.
J. Giménez
Yellow Card
63' Gimenez impedes the run of Valencia, and he will see yellow for the foul.
61' It's Ecuador's turn to play keep-away, as they enjoy a prolonged spell of possession inside the attacking half. They're far too content on keeping it there, though, showing no real desire or ability to advance into the final third.
59' The free-kick is lashed straight into the wall and Ecuador clear their lines with ease. That's simply not good enough from Uruguay.
58' Vital from Mina! Lovely reading of the game from the centre-back to get across and snuff out a delightful run from Caceres, who had just about danced his way through on goal. However, Nandez is fouled by Mina seconds later in the defender's attempts to win the ball back after a heavy touch following the intervention, affording Uruguay a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area.
56' Slowly but surely Ecuador are growing into this match. Uruguay have really taken their foot off the gas as they're cruising through these opening stages of the second half on auto-pilot.
54' There's not much of a tempo here with Ecuador being afforded more time and space to play on the ball, yet reluctant to take it. They're not committing anyone forward when the opportunity presents itself, and it's starting to wear on their few attackers who are getting higher up the pitch.
52' Uruguay haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last five Copa America matches against South American opposition.
50' A rare foray into attack for Ecuador as they get forward and win a throw high up the pitch. They lack options, however, as the throw can only find a sky blue shirt and just like that Uruguay are back the other way. Frustration is also starting to play a part, as Mina gets in the face of Cavani following a minor coming together.
48' Blushes spared! Ecuador relieved to see the offside flag raised as they're undone by yet another corner, with Cavani getting on the end of a knockdown at the near post to flick a finish beyond Dominguez, but he strayed behind the defence too early.
46' Ecuador get the second half underway!
R. Ibarra
E. Preciado
46' One change to tell you about at the interval, and it's a second for Ecuador, as Ibarra replaces Preciado out wide.
It's been a long 45 minutes for Ecuador and it doesn't figure to get any better for them after the interval. There's been little evidence to suggest they can keep up with this suffocating Uruguay side, and playing a man down makes it all the more difficult. Their best hope might be Uruguay taking their foot off the gas.
Uruguay couldn't have drawn it up much better as they own a commanding 3-0 lead at the interval in Belo Horizonte. Nicolas Lodeiro started the fun after just six minutes, with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez adding to their lead after a Jose Quintero red card saw Ecuador down to 10 men.
45' + 2' The training staff is out to attend to Caicedo, who fell awkwardly and hard following an aerial collision. He should be fine to continue, but understandably needs a minute to collect himself after that fall.
45' As a result of the lengthy VAR delay, there will be four minutes added on at the end of this first half.
M. Cáceres
44' Caceres gets credited with the assist as they're saying he got his head to the corner to knock it down towards the far post.
L. Suárez
44' THE ROUT IS ON! It's 3-0 Uruguay as Suarez gets in on the act, reacting quickest to pounce on the loose ball at the far post following a corner. There's no way back for Ecuador now.
43' Ecuador have hardly touched the ball in the last 10 minutes. They're at a significant disadvantage playing with a man down, but they're allowing too much time and space for Uruguay to pass it around. They need to close their gaps better and apply some pressure on the ball.
41' Suffocating stuff from Uruguay who have set up camp in the final third, passing the ball around at will with Ecuador unable to break up their rhythm. This is good, patient build-up play from them as they wait for an opening.
39' One-way traffic here in Belo Horizonte, as Ecuador just need to get this match into the interval. They're really under the cosh right now, and have been since the sending off. Respite has been limited for their back line. They have to get into the break and regroup.
37' Ecuador have conceded 313 goals (including tonight) at Copa America tournaments, more than any other side in the competition’s history.
35' STRAIGHT AT DOMINGUEZ! That had to be a third! Uruguay have really turned on the style, carving apart this Ecuador defence at will now. Suarez is smoothly played in down the right, and he does well to cut into the centre to open up space for a shot, but he can only roll a tame effort straight at the keeper with his weaker left foot.
D. Godín
33' Great vision and aerial ability there from Godin to head the ball back into the path of Cavani, as he's credited with the assist.
E. Cavani
33' URUGUAY DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Cavani has his goal, and it's of the absolute highest quality as he makes it 2-0! A ball is swung in to the far post where Godin meets it, heading it back into the danger area for Cavani, who guides a thrillingly acrobatic overhead kick into the top corner! Outstanding!
31' HUGE CHANCE! Outstanding technique from Cavani, and an even better save from Dominguez! Cavani runs into the box to meet a low cross, sending a delicious back-heel at goal, but Dominguez reacts stunningly to reach back and claw it out off the line, and off the post, before it's ushered behind to safety!
P. Velasco
Á. Mena
29' Forced into an early change are Ecuador, following the sending off. Velasco comes on to fill the vacant role at full-back, with Mena, who was operating as a number 10, giving way.
28' In the last Copa America tournament in 2016, Uruguay were eliminated at the group stages; under the competition’s current format (since 1975), they have never failed to progress from the group stages in consecutive editions.
26' Disaster strikes for Ecuador, who are going to have to simply try and limit the damage now. Falling a man down against a team as clinical as Uruguay, especially considering the firepower the Celeste have, could spell disaster for them. They have to manage the rest of this game smartly to prevent falling too far behind on goal difference.
J. Quinteros
Red Card
24' HE'S OFF! Ecuador are down to 10 men! It's all gone horribly wrong for them in this first half! A goal down and now a man down, as the referee decides to give Quintero his marching orders, La Tricolor have it all to do here.
22' There's a lengthy delay here as the referee has a look at this replay. He got word in his ear that he might want a second look at this incident, and he's doing just that. Could Quintero be off? Based on the replays it would be a bit harsh for him to see red here.
20' Lodeiro has been at the heart of everything in these opening 20 minutes. He won a goal and picked up a yellow, and now he's on the receiving end of a bad foul as Quintero catches him with a high elbow. It's a yellow for the Ecuador full-back.
18' Uruguay have won the Copa America a record 15 times, while Ecuador have never won the competition in their 27 previous attempts – in fact, Ecuador have appeared in more Copa America tournaments than any other side yet to win the competition.
16' The tempo has dropped off a bit following a very lively start, as Ecuador look to claw themselves back into the match. It's all been rather casual thus far for Uruguay, who've looked quite comfortable despite any real display of urgency.
N. Lodeiro
Yellow Card
14' Lodeiro goes flying in to win a loose ball and was always favoured to win it, but he just catches his opponent who made up some ground to try and win it himself, and it's the goal scorer who goes into the book. That's a bit of a harsh one as it was his ball to win, but the nature of his two-footed slide likely proved his undoing there.
12' OFFSIDE! It looked like two for Uruguay as Cavani is played in down the left and pulls it back for Lodeiro, who plays in a driven cross for Suarez, and the striker heads in excellently off the far post! But a very late offside flag means the goal won't count, as it was Cavani who strayed behind the defence when played through initially.
10' Decent response! Good build-up play from Ecuador as they attack down the left, and a cross whipped in from the flank forces Muslera into action, but he's fortunate to see his weak punch bounce off a defender and behind for a corner with Valencia attacking.
8' Uruguay and Ecuador have met 45 times in all competitions, with 29 wins for La Celeste and six for the Ecuadorians (D10).
L. Suárez
6' Suarez was allowed time and space to pick out that pass as Achilier poorly misjudged a ball in the air and let it bounce over his head. It's an assist for Suarez in his first start since undergoing knee surgery.
N. Lodeiro
6' URUGUAY HAVE THE BREAKTHROUGH! It's 1-0 courtesy of a brilliant solo strike from Lodeiro! He takes a pass from Suarez and chests in down smartly, before lifting his second touch around a defender to open up a shooting lane, and dragging a delightful finish into the far corner! What a start!
5' It's been all Uruguay since that early scare, as they're dominating possession and keeping Ecuador pinned back in defence. It's all very clinical from them, as they're developing a nice rhythm on the ball.
3' Back at the other end Uruguay win a corner, and the ensuing ball into the box prompts a delay as the referee has a check with VAR to determine if there was a handball, with Valencia the culprit. The ball dis strike his elbow, but he knew little about and had his arm up against his body. No penalty is given and that's the right decision.
1' MASSIVE LETOFF FOR URUGUAY! A case of miscommunication at the back nearly results in the perfect start for Ecuador as Godin scuffs a back pass, allowing Valencia to pounce, but Muslera is alert off his line to close down the angle and make a vital save!
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Uruguay in they sky blue kits as they get this match underway in Belo Horizonte, with Ecuador in yellow tops with blue and red trim.
SUBS: Pedro Velasco, Sebastian Mendez, Maximo Banguera, Carlos Garces, Romario Ibarra, Xavier Arreaga, Pedro Ortiz, Luis Chicaiza, Renato Ibarra, Carlos Gruezo, Robert Arboleda, Cristian Ramirez.
ECUADOR (4-2-3-1): Alexander Dominguez; Jose Quintero, Arturo Mina, Gabriel Achillier, Beder Caicedo; Jefferson Intriago, Jefferson Orejuela; Antonio Valencia, Angel Mena, Ayrton Preciado; Enner Valencia.
SUBS: Gaston Pereiro, Cristhian Stuani, Lucas Torreira, Sebastian Coates, Federico Valverde, Jonathan Rodriguez, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Marcelo Saracchi, Martin Campana, Giovanni Gonzalez, Martin Silva, Maximiliano Gomez.
URUGUAY (4-3-1-2): Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt; Nathan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur; Nicolas Lodeiro; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.
Ex-West Ham striker Enner Valencia leads the line for Ecuador, supported by Angel Mina, while Antonio Valencia and Ayrton Preciado man the flanks. LDU Quito pair Jefferson Intriago and Jefferson Orejuela form a partnership in midfield, while the experienced Gabriel Achilier anchors the back line.
Luis Suarez makes his first start since undergoing knee surgery at the end of Barcelona's season, having scored off the bench in last week's friendly. He partners Edinson Cavani, with Nicolas Lodeiro playing in behind the duo. Matias Vecino and Rodrigo Bentancur are joined by Nahitan Nandez in midfield, as Lucas Torreira settles for a place on the bench. Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez resume their partnership in defence, with Martin Caceres and Diego Laxalt on the flanks.
It’s been over 25 years since Ecuador last reached the final four of the competition, and excitement is low among supporters as La Tricolor find themselves in the midst of a transition period under coach Hernan Dario Gomez, with one of their weaker squads in recent memory.
Despite qualifying for three of the past five World Cups, Ecuador have been starved of success on a continental level, enduring the longest active Copa America semi-final drought among South American nations.
It’s been eight years since La Celeste have won a knockout match at the tournament, but their old guard are joined by a incredibly talented crop of youngsters, as they have eyes on spoiling Brazil’s party and returning to the top of South American football for the first time since 2011.
Following a turbulent end to last year, Uruguay have enjoyed a flawless 2019 as they come into the tournament with as good of odds as anyone outside of hosts Brazil, perhaps, to win the 2019 Copa America.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the opening Group C match at Copa America as Uruguay and Ecuador do battle at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte!