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Ecuador need to take last chance against Brazil

4 July 2007 21:37

PUERTO LA CRUZ, Jul 4 (SW) - While some teams are already sure of a spot in the Copa America quarter finals, Group B will be decided on Wednesday.

Mexico will appear in the quarter finals for sure, having collected six points from two games.

Brazil and Chile each have three points which is likely to be enough, but they do have to make sure to finish in the top three.

Ecuador lost twice, and have the most difficult task of all tonight.

The action starts with Mexico against Chile. A draw will certainly lead the Chileans to the next round, though a win might even have them winning the group.

The Mexicans might be taking it easy after wins over Brazil and Mexico, and will possibly be aiming for a draw and secure their first spot.

In the other match, more is at stake. Ecuador will need to beat Brazil by two or more goals to surpass the Seleçao both on points and on goal difference.

Ecuador have had a difficult tournament. Against Chile, they gave away three points in the final phase to eventually lose the match, and a small defeat by Mexico leaves the team empty-handed so far.

After Brazil's opening match with Mexico, Dunga's formation did easily beat Chile but was everything but convincing.

Ecuador will need to take advantage of this final chance and attack right from the start.

The third place in this group is most probably enough to advance as the team that occupies that spot will have at least three points and probably a better goal record than Group C's number three on Thursday.

Mexico and Chile are to kick off at 18:35 (6:35pm) local time, with Brazil and Ecuador following at 20:50 (8:50pm). Both matches will be played in Puerto la Cruz.

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Competition
Copa America
Date
5 July 2007
Kick-off
02:50
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0

Goals

Robinho (PG) 55'  
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Lineups

# Player Bookings
12
4
3
13 57'
6
8
5
17 90+3'
11 55'
19
9
Coach: Dunga

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
16
10 77'
14
1
2
7
15
18
20
21

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