Wednesday, 25th June
vs France in Rio de Janeiro.
In the final Group E matches, Ecuador take on France in Rio de
Janeiro while Honduras play Switzerland in Manaus.
France beat Ecuador (2:0) in a Grenoble friendly match (27/05/2008).
France only needed a draw to qualify for the knockout rounds;
while a draw would only be good enough for Ecuador, if Honduras beat Switzerland.
Unfortunately for South America, the ball didn't fall kindly for
Ecuador fans; Antonio Valencia's sending off for a two-footed challenge, in the 50th
minute, didn't help matters.
France's Mamadou Sakho may have been lucky not have seen red as well;
there wasn't even a yellow card for his elbow nudge on Oswaldo Minda.
But that's all history now. Even if FIFA take retrospective action,
the result can't be changed.
Final Score: Ecuador 0 - France 0
22-Alexander Dominguez; 4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 2-Jorge Guagua, 3-Frickson Erazo, 10-Walter
Ayovi; 16-Antonio Valencia, 14-Oswaldo Minda, 6-Christian Noboa, 7-Jefferson Montero;
15-Michael Arroyo, 13-Enner Valencia.
1-Hugo Lloris; 15-Bacary Sagna, 21-Laurent Koscielny, 5-Mamadou Sakho, 17-Lucas Digne;
11-Antoine Griezmann, 19-Paul Pogba, 22-Morgan Schneiderlin, 14-Blaise Matuidi, 18-Moussa
Sissoko; 10-Karim Benzema.
Referee: Noumandiez Doue - Ivory Coast
50 mins - Antonio Valencia (Ecuador)
1 yellow card:
83 mins - Frickson Erazo (Ecuador)
Honduras vs Switzerland
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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