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Brazil vs Ecuador 1-1
On Sunday, Ecuador held Brazil to a 1-1 draw to secure themselves a spot in the Copa America quarterfinals.
After that match, Ecuador to fourth spot in Group B, eliminating Venezuela and likely setting up a quarterfinal against Argentina.
Neymar side had already secured top spot in the group before the match, allowing coach Tite to continue testing his lineup with an eye on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Few of the Brazil talented stars like Neymar, Thiago Silva and Gabriel Jesus were all missing at the Olimpico Stadium in Goiania.
Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro speaks after the the thrilling match with Brazil
“We know who we are and that we can have a good game like the ones we had against Colombia, Peru and Brazil. There’s no reason why we couldn’t do it against Argentina,” said Alfaro, who is Argentinian.
“We respect the hierarchy of Colombia, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina, but we don’t fear. I want them to play like they have played so far.”
Brazil defender Marquinhos said the game against Ecuador was important for Brazil “so all players of the squad could have at least some time of play, so everyone can be ready when knockout begins.
“Also players who were tired had some rest so they can go to the knockout and play their best.”
Brazil actually opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a header by Eder Militao after a corner, but Ecuador cancel it out with an an equaliser
The defending champions’ next challenge will be either against Uruguay or Chile, the two teams in Group A which can finish fourth.