Ecuador and Brazil are two of the strongest teams in South America’s World Cup qualifiers, but they will be driven by very different goals when they meet on Thursday at Casa Blanca (Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado) in Quito.
Brazil (first, 35 points) won one of four direct stops to Qatar 2022 being offered in South America. Now, the five-time world champions want to maintain their spot as the region’s top performer throughout qualifying and keep their unbeaten record intact. The match was an opportunity to refine the squad with 10 months to go until the World Cup and give other players a chance.
Ecuador (3rd, 23 points) could not take his foot off the pedal. La Tri is in a strong position to secure a spot in Qatar and a home win over Brazil will draw that much closer with just three games to go. It will mark Ecuador’s fourth World Cup landing in the last six.
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Ecuador vs. Brazil
BRA – Casemiro – 5th minute.
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26th minute: A third red card! Alisson is out now. The Liverpool keeper starts his pass, kicks the ball away and then hits Enner Valencia shortly after. This seems harsh. Brazil reduced to 9 people. Wild start.
20th minute: The referee just drew another red card! The goal went to Brazil defender Emerson after a rough tackle – high between the legs of Ecuadorian striker Michael Estrada. It’s Emerson’s second yellow. He received his first yellow jersey in the first minute of the match.
18th minute: SUB – Ecuador brought in Hernan Galindez and took off a midfielder (Alan Franco). And Coutinho’s free kick goes over the crossbar.
15th minute.: It was a disastrous start for Ecuador and Dominguez took on the responsibility here. His studs entered Matheus Cunha’s neck and left a mark.
13th minute: What is Dominguez doing! After that lousy play in front of Brazil goal, the Ecuador keeper darted off the field and karate kicked Matheus Cunha in the face with a challenge that sent his nail slamming into Cunha’s chest. Dominguez could be sent off. The referee is looking at the screen.
12th minute: Brazil’s goal sucks the life out of the crowded stadium audience. Ecuador has to show some personality to get back to this. Another Brazilian goal could really end the game.
5th minute: Goals for Brazil! On the other side, the visitors conceded a corner and, after a few shots, Casemiro recovered from a Matheus Cunha header. Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez failed to control his penalty well in that case, starting with a feeble punch.
Second minute: What an opportunity for Ecuador! After starting, Ecuador conceded a free kick on the left wing and under control Enner Valencia headed home from the free kick and missed the target. He is completely unmarked.
4:01 pm: Coutinho was back to stardom in the Premier League for the first time and now he’s back in Brazil. What a change.
471 – Philippe Coutinho will play for Brazil 471 days after his last match with the National Team (4-2 win over Peru in October 2020). It was the longest period he hadn’t played for Brazil under Tite. Come back. pic.twitter.com/lpvgeD0pae
– OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) January 27, 2022
4:00 pm: Casa Blanca is half gone today, but still buzzing:
3:13 pm: A little taste of Quito and the appearance of the home team in the match:
Ecuador’s lineup vs. Brazil
Brazil coach Tite is without Neymar, who is still working to reach full fitness following an ankle injury. Lucas Paqueta and Fabinho are suspended and regular right-back Danilo is not called up. But when you’re Brazilian, you have plenty of backup options: Aston Villa’s Philippe Coutinho and Tottenham’s Emerson Royal are filling positions.
Brazil starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Alisson – 6-Alex Sandro, 3-Thiago Silva, 14-Eder Militao, 2-Emerson Royal – 5-Casemiro (captain), 11-Philippe Coutinho, 8-Fred – 20-Vinicius Jr, 7-Matheus Cunha , 19-Raphinha
Brazilian Sub (12): 23-Ederson (GK), 12-Weverton (GK), 13-Dani Alves, 16-Alex Telles, 4-Marquinhos, 22-Gabriel, 15-Bruno Guimaraes, 17-Gerson, 10-Everton Ribeiro, 21-Gabriel Barbosa , 18-Antony, 9-Gabriel Jesus
The squad selected by Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro features several players who are on the other side of positive COVID-19 tests. Goalkeepers Pedro Ortiz, Jackson Porozo, Jose Cifuentes, Janner Corozo and Angel Mena were not included in the 23-man squad for the day from Ecuador’s expanded roster. Mena is a suspect for a knock on the door in action with his club team Leon.
Ecuador’s starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 22-Alexander Dominguez (GK) – 7-Pervis Estupinan, 3-Piero Hincapie, 2-Felix Torres, 17-Angelo Preciado – 23-Moises Caicedo, 8-Carlos Gruezo, 21-Alan Franco, 19-Gonzalo Plata – 13- Enner Valencia (captain), 11-Michael Estrada
Ecuadorian team (12): 1-Hernan Galindez (GK), 12-Moises Ramírez (GK), 4-Robert Arboleda, 14-Xavier Arreaga, 5-Diego Palacios, 6-Romario Caicedo, 20-Jhegson Méndez, 16-Michael Carcelen, 10-Joao Rojas , 18-Ayrton Preciado, 15-Djorkaeff Reasco, 9-Jordy Caicedo
How to watch Ecuador vs. Brazil
- Day: Thursday, January 27
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- TV Channels: –
- Streaming online: fuboTV
South America’s World Cup qualifiers are only available on fuboTV in the United States.
Ecuador’s Estadio Rodrigo Paz, commonly known as Casa Blanca, will be at 50% capacity for the match after a confrontation with local health officials, who had initially ordered the match to take place. out without an audience.
Odds on Ecuador vs. Brazil
Odds by DraftKings
- Cash flow: Ecuador +245 / Draw +215 / Brazil +130
- Spread: Ecuador +0.5 (-160) / Brazil -0.5 (+125)
- Total goals is O/U 2.5: Above +170 / Below -215
- Both teams scored: Yes +120 / No -155