Copa America: Ecuador ends Brazil’s winning run, qualify for quarterfinals
Brazil’s ten-game winning run came to an end after Ecuador earned a 1-1 draw in
their final Copa America group game in Goiania.
The draw at an empty stadium in central Brazil marked the first time Brazil have
not picked up a win since they lost 1-0 to Argentina in a friendly in November 2019.
The host nation had already qualified in first place in Group B and rested a number of
regulars, with Gabriel Barbosa, Everton, Douglas Luiz, Fabinho and Douglas Luis
among those getting a chance from the start.
Brazil had won their first three group games but were surprisingly pegged back for
the first 15 minutes of the second period and substitute Angel Mena equalised for
Ecuador with a thumping drive after 53 minutes.
It was not until Casemiro replaced Douglas Luiz after just an hour that Brazil
regained their poise.
With Peru defeating Venezuela 1-0 in the other Group B game, they joined Brazil,
Colombia and Ecuador in the quarter-finals as Venezuela exited.
The Venezuelans were hard hit in the early stages of the tournament when at least
eight players tested positive for COVID-19 and had to self-isolate.
The quarter-final matchups will be decided on Monday after the last round of Group
Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay have already guaranteed their place in the
last eight but the final round of fixtures will decide who plays who.
Bolivia are already out, having lost all three of their games so far.