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Ecuador 1-1 Brazil

Alisson was given a stoppage-time VAR reprieve after conceding a penalty as Brazil somehow clung on to a 1-1 draw against Ecuador in a chaotic World Cup qualifying classic.

Felix Torres equalised with 15 minutes to go and Ecuador looked set to grab the win that would put them on the brink of qualification when awarded a last-gasp penalty.

But that opportunity was taken away in an ending that befitted the remarkable 90 minutes that preceded it.

The first half saw the red card brandished three times.

The first two, for Alexander Dominguez and Emerson Royal, were decisions that remained, but Alisson’s was overturned.

 

Starting Lineup:

ECUADOR (4-4-2): A. Domínguez;

P. Estupinan, P. Hincapie, F. Torres, A. Preciado;

G. Plata, M. Caicedo, C. Gruezo, A. Franco;

M. Estrada, E. Valencia (c).

 

SUBS: R. Arboleda, X. Arreaga, R. Caicedo, J. Caicedo,

M. Carcelen, H. Galindez, J. Mendez, D. Palacios,

E. Preciado, M. Ramirez, D. Reasco, J. Rojas.

 

BRAZIL (4-3-3): Alisson;

Alex Sandro, Thiago Silva, Eder Militao, Emerson;

Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Fred; Vinicius Junior;

Matheus Cunha, Raphinha.

 

SUBS: Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Gabriel Barbosa, Bruno Guimaraes,

Weverton, Ederson Moraes, Gerson, Alex Telles,

Everton Ribeiro, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Magalhaes, Antony.

Goals:

0-1. Coutinho fires the corner towards the far post. Raphinha’s header towards the goal is pushed aside by Dominguez.

It’s sent back into the danger area and Cunha’s header is blocked.

However, The rebound lands on Casemiro who bundles it over the line from close range.

After a lengthy VAR check, the goal is given.

1-1. Ecuador have got Their centre-back Torres leaps high to power a header into the bottom right corner from Plata’s corner.

Certainly, Alisson has no chance of keeping it out.

Ecuador 1-1 Brazil

Plata gets fans off their seats

Ecuador’s attacking play was a little erratic, and Gonzalo Plata embodied that in a way, but he sure was exciting.

He only completed four of his game-high 11 dribbles.

But he showed his ability in one mazy run that had the Brazil defence in knots.

Plata’s mercurial style made him a nuisance, while it was also his corner that led to Torres’ equaliser.

What does it mean? Ecuador show they will be ones to watch in Qatar

While the altitude in Quito does somewhat skew Ecuador’s home record, there is no doubt that this is a very capable side.

This performance underlined why it is they, rather than the likes of Colombia, Chile and Uruguay, who are all set to finish behind the big two in qualifying.

As of now, they are Seven points clear from the danger zone i.e Not being qualified.

So, What’s Next for Ecuador and Brazil?

Ecuador go to Peru on Tuesday, Meanwhile, Brazil host Paraguay the same day.

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Abdul Aziz Shaikh
Abdul Aziz Shaikhhttps://goalmaestro.com/
I am a football reporter who loves to write about the latest news and events in the sports world.

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