Sunday July 3, 2011 Group Phase: Group B Finished Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López

Paraguay 0 - 0 Ecuador

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  1. Paraguay and Ecuador draw

    Paraguay and Ecuador draw

    Paraguay and Ecuador played out a relatively entertaining 0-0 draw during their first Group B match of the Copa America in Santa Fe. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Paraguay
    • Ecuador
    • 90+3' The referee brings the game to an end.
    • 90' The referee adds on three minutes of stoppage time. Please let them hurry up.
    • 89' Zeballos goes into the book after a very weak challenge. How he has deemed that a yellow and not some of the others, such as the high foot in the first half, I will never know...
    • 88' Ecuador look to be ending the game as the stronger team. Do they have what it takes to mount one more attack?
    • 87' Caicedo collects a throw-in and turns two players before shooting with his left foot from 25 yards. Villar gets down low and holds on.
    • 86' Benitez attempts to barrel his way through to goal but is excellently tackled by Torres.
    • 85' Zeballos collects the ball 30 yards out from goal and has a strike. It's not too bad but is easily gathered by Elizaga.
    • 84' Santa Cruz is replaced by Pablo Zeballos
    • 82' The pace has completely been taken out of this game now.
    • 81' David Quiroz replaces Edison Mendez.
    • 80' Ayovi attempts to break down the left flank but is tripped my Ortigoza.
    • 79' There have been some very good chances in this match but it's looking increasingly likely that we won't get a goal now. I hope I'm wrong.
    • 78' Estigarribia crosses for Haedo Valdez but the striker has a lot to do from 16 yards. His header is on target but doesn't have enough power to trouble the keeper.
    • 77' It's still a little scrappy. Neither side obviously want to give anything away and it's showing.
    • 76' Paraguay break forward in a promising move. For some reson they opt to turn back and play it to their defender who is standing on the half-way line. Strange.
    • 75' Haedo Valdez nearly makes an instant impact. Araujo makes a mess of a long clearance and allows Valdez in. The striker choses the wrong option first of all as he attempts a pass. It comes back to him though and he rifles it towards goal. It flies a yard or so wide.
    • 74' The match has lost a bit of momentum. Both sides are losing the ball relatively cheaply.
    • 73' Haedo Valdez replaces Barrios.
    • 72' Piris' run splits a couple of defenders on his way towards goal. The assistant's flag is up. Offside.
    • 71' Many boos flying around the stadium every time somebody makes a tackle. I think the fans feel that the ref hasn't handled the game all too well.
    • 70' Mendez is fouled by Ortigoza in the Paraguay half. It was a little cynical as the Ecuadorians looked like they could've broken. No booking. Still.
    • 69' Both teams are just lacking a bit of urgency. Maybe they're having a breather for the first time in this frantic game. Torres' corner manages to evade everybody in the box and is eventually cleared.
    • 68' Could we have two 0-0 draws on one Copa America night? A night that looked so promising on paper...
    • 67' This game has swung to-and-fro so many times. Both sides have either been completely in it or completely out of it. Which way is it going to go next?
    • 66' Estigarribia is at the centre of everything. The midfielder collects it in his own half and sprays it out wide. He then continues his run and nearly latches on to a cross at the far post.
    • 65' Ayovi's next delivery, from the corner, is not the best and is cleared away from the front post.
    • 64' Ayovi's free kick from distance looks like it's flying a long way over but it dips at the last second, troubling the relatively short Villar.
    • 63' The corner is very poor. Elizaga claims with ease.
    • 62' Estigarribia's turn and flick on the right flank allow him some space to cross. He does so excellently before Santa Cruz rises highest to header down into the bottom corner. Somehow Elizaga manages to get down and palm it away for a corner. Unbelivebale save.
    • 61' Very risky challenge from Torres. But a good one. Noboa crosses towards Benitez but the striker is barged out of the way as the defender clears with a towering header.
    • 60' It's still very tight with half an hour to go. The game has been very lively and entertaining and I cannot call it!
    • 59' There have been some big meaty tackles flying around in this game. The referee is obviously keen to let it flow as he rarely blows for a free kick and no-one has been booked. Some of them have been very questionable though...
    • 58' The Paraguayans now have the upper hand for the first time since those opening 25 minutes.
    • 57' Arroyo's pass in-field is too soft and is intercepted by Torres. Santa Cruz receives it out wide and crosses for Barrios. The striker looks like he is being held off but nothing is given.
    • 56' Torres takes an age to hit his free-kick. It's wasted as it is cleared by the first defender.
    • 55' Estigarribia is fouled on the edge of the penalty area. The referee uses his spray can to indicate 10 yards. That still amuses me...
    • 54' So close. Paraguay catch Ecuador cold. Santa Cruz feeds Estigarribia through on the left and the midfielders shot is dragged just wide.
    • 53' Mendez does brilliantly down the right flank. He switches it to Arroyo who crosses for Caicedo but the striker fails to keep his header down.
    • 52' Noboa receives a heavy challenge from Piris. The ref gives the advantage to which Caicedo nearly scores from. His shot from distance is struck well but flashes just wide.
    • 51' Estigarribia's cross is poor for the first time tonight. Paraguay have the box full but the midfielder fails to beat the first man.
    • 50' Paraguay look to attack and have numbers over. Santa Cruz's first touch lets him down and the attack is stifled.
    • 49' A nicely worked free kick from Ecuador is very simple but nearly very effective. Mendez plays it short to Caicedo who turns sharply on the edge of the box before shooting. Villar holds on to it well.
    • 48' Estigarribia crosses for Barrios but the striker's touch lets him down and Ecuador break through Chucho. The former Birmingham City striker is fouled.
    • 47' Michael Arroyo replaces Luis Antonio Valencia.
    • 46' The second half is under way.
    • 45+1' The ref blows the whistle to end the first half.
    • 45' Valencia bursts into the Paraguay penalty area and goes to ground. He's slipped though and the ref waves play on.
    • 44' The Paraguayans have possession. They're passing it neatly around their own half but aren't really causing much trouble for their opponents.
    • 43' Since their dominance during the first 20 minutes, Paraguay haven't offered much. The game seems to have changed after the Benitez chance.
    • 42' Valencia's corner is dangerous. Benitez flicks it on for Caicedo but the former Man City striker handles and a free kick is given.
    • 41' Castillo has another go from distance. It's on target but is blocked for a corner.
    • 40' Vera does well with his first touch of the game. Barrios asks a little too much of him down the right hand side but the substitute does very well to keep the ball in play. His cross is very handy but Elizaga races off his line to claim.
    • 39' A very high tackle from Castillo there. Too high. The Ecuadorian flies into the tackle and kicks his opponent in a not so comfortable place. No booking though.
    • 38' Vera replaces the injured Barreto.
    • 37' Valencia takes on Torres down the left hand side. The winger gets the better of his man a number of times but tries once more and the defender clears for a corner.
    • 35' Justo Villar is very relieved. Chucho tees up Castillo who laces the ball towards goal. It starts to curve in but just not enough. It flies a couple of inches wide of the left post.
    • 34' Estigarribia does very well down the left flank again before being barged over by Mendez. It looks like a foul. It looks like the ref has given a foul but instead he runs over to the midfielder and waves him to get up.
    • 33' Barreto is down and play is stopped for the moment.
    • 32' There are appeals of a backpass from the Ecuador players. Ayovi attempts another cross-field pass to Valencia but mis-hits it. Torres takes the ball down on his knee before Villar picks it up. I've seen them given...
    • 31' Ecuador are now dominating possession. Maybe that was what they needed to spur them into action because they offered very little before it.
    • 30' From what seems to have been quite a slow start, the game has now burst into life. That was the chance of the game so far though!
    • 29' Ecuador seem to have a little more confidence now and are spraying it around nicely.
    • 28' WOW. What a goal that would have been. Chucho is all on his own in the Paraguay half and looks in trouble. He flicks the ball through one defender's legs before rounding the keeper, he then loses his feet and is dispossessed. It would have been a fantastic goal.
    • 27' Santa Cruz links up well with Barrios and feeds it out wide to Estigarribia. The midfielder's cross is blocked.
    • 26' Barreto advances down the wing but is soon facing three defenders. He attempts to flick it in between two of them and earns a throw-in for his side. Nothing comes of it...
    • 25' Ortigoza breaks up Ecuador's attack deep inhis own half and sends his team on the way.
    • 24' Mendez's cross is dinked towards the back post. Caicedo challenges the 5' 11" Villar but the keeper comes out on top.
    • 23' That's how you do it. Ecuador enjoy a little spell of possession but are forced to give it away as the Paraguayan midfield closes them down in an instant.
    • 21' It looks all too comfortable for the Paraguayans. They're not being pressured enough.
    • 20' Erazo's cross-field pass releases Valencia. The Manchester United winger squared for Benitez but his shot is blocked.
    • 19' Ecuador are very much on the back foot. They looked panicked every time they get the ball and end up pumping it long.
    • 18' They're really on top, Paraguay. Ortigoza has the best chance so far. Estigarribia's cross isn't dealt with and Ortigoza manages to swing his foot at the ball. The keeper has to smartly save down low.
    • 17' Paraguay keep possession deep in their opponents half. Ortigoza has an attempt from over 30 yards. It flies over by about that much...
    • 16' Ortigoza is sent through with a wonderful pass but the midfielder mis-judges the pace of the ball and it runs through to the keeper.
    • 15' Roque Santa Cruz has open space in front of him as he moves forward towards the penalty area. He attempts a left-footed strike that Elizaga is equal to.
    • 14' It's just not clicking for Ecuador. Every time they get the ball it seems that there is a break down in communication between the midfielders and strikers.
    • 13' Great skill on the touchline from Barrios who cuts inside to square for Barreto. The midfielder's shot is straight at Elizaga who parries over.
    • 12' Santa Cruz and Barrios play a little one-two on their way into the area. Santa Cruz goes for a third pass but Barrios isnt on the same wavelength.
    • 11' Barrios' attempted centre for Santa Cruz has too much power on it, allowing Elizaga to get there.
    • 9' The Paraguayans are seeing a lot of the ball but some slack passing occasionally ends with them losing possession.
    • 8' It's a very fast paced start from both teams. Barreto's cross again causes some confusion and again Erazo clears.
    • 7' Barreto's cross causes a little confusion between Elizaga and Erazo. They both go for the ball and nearly gift the ball to Santa Cruz. Fortunately for them, it's cleared.
    • 6' It's still a bit scrappy. Both teams look a little nervous but that is expected.
    • 5' It's a little hectic at the minute. Both teams are trying to settle down but frantically give the ball away.
    • 4' Elizaga's clearance is very poor and nearly puts his side in trouble. Ayovi clears up the mess.
    • 3' Caicedo barges his way into the Paraguay box but his pass is lacking and the red and white-striped Paraguayans clear.
    • 2' A very quick paced start from the Paraguayans. Riveros exchanges a number of passes with Barreto but the former can do nothing but let the ball run out of play as he attempts to cross.
    • 1' Late as always, the referee gets the game under way.
    • 23:31 The national anthems are now over. We are minutes away from kick off.
    • 23:27 Ecuador: M. Elizaga. N. Reasco. N. Araujo. F. Erazo. W. Ayoví. C. Noboa. M. Arroyo. S. Castillo. A. Valencia. C. Benítez. F. Caicedo
    • 23:26 The teams are as follows: Paraguay: J. Villar. I. Piris. P. da Silva. D. Verón. A. Torres. N. Ortigoza. E. Barreto. C. Riveros. M. Estigarribia. L. Barrios. R. Santa Cruz
    • 23:25 Good evening and welcome to the LIVE commentary of Paraguay v Ecuador. The twi teams kick off their campaign in the Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López stadium in Santa Fe.
  • Summary

    • 87' Caicedo collects a throw-in and turns two players before shooting with his left foot from 25 yards. Villar gets down low and holds on.
    • 75' Haedo Valdez nearly makes an instant impact. Araujo makes a mess of a long clearance and allows Valdez in. The striker choses the wrong option first of all as he attempts a pass. It comes back to him though and he rifles it towards goal. It flies a yard or so wide.
    • 64' Ayovi's free kick from distance looks like it's flying a long way over but it dips at the last second, troubling the relatively short Villar.
    • 62' Estigarribia's turn and flick on the right flank allow him some space to cross. He does so excellently before Santa Cruz rises highest to header down into the bottom corner. Somehow Elizaga manages to get down and palm it away for a corner. Unbelivebale save.
    • 54' So close. Paraguay catch Ecuador cold. Santa Cruz feeds Estigarribia through on the left and the midfielders shot is dragged just wide.
    • 53' Mendez does brilliantly down the right flank. He switches it to Arroyo who crosses for Caicedo but the striker fails to keep his header down.
    • 52' Noboa receives a heavy challenge from Piris. The ref gives the advantage to which Caicedo nearly scores from. His shot from distance is struck well but flashes just wide.
    • 49' A nicely worked free kick from Ecuador is very simple but nearly very effective. Mendez plays it short to Caicedo who turns sharply on the edge of the box before shooting. Villar holds on to it well.
    • 35' Justo Villar is very relieved. Chucho tees up Castillo who laces the ball towards goal. It starts to curve in but just not enough. It flies a couple of inches wide of the left post.
    • 28' WOW. What a goal that would have been. Chucho is all on his own in the Paraguay half and looks in trouble. He flicks the ball through one defender's legs before rounding the keeper, he then loses his feet and is dispossessed. It would have been a fantastic goal.
    • 18' They're really on top, Paraguay. Ortigoza has the best chance so far. Estigarribia's cross isn't dealt with and Ortigoza manages to swing his foot at the ball. The keeper has to smartly save down low.
    • 15' Roque Santa Cruz has open space in front of him as he moves forward towards the penalty area. He attempts a left-footed strike that Elizaga is equal to.
    • 13' Great skill on the touchline from Barrios who cuts inside to square for Barreto. The midfielder's shot is straight at Elizaga who parries over.
    • 12' Santa Cruz and Barrios play a little one-two on their way into the area. Santa Cruz goes for a third pass but Barrios isnt on the same wavelength.

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  • Paraguay

    Manager: Gerardo Martino

  • Ecuador

    Manager: Reinaldo Rueda

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