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Match Preview – Ecuador vs Chile

Ecuador v Chile
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Chile will be looking to make it two wins from two as they continue the defence of their Copa America crown.

After making an impressive start to this year’s tournament with an impressive 4-0 demolition of Japan, Chile will be keen to keep the momentum going this evening.

That result put them top of Group C alongside Uruguay, but with the latter drawing yesterday evening, Chile have an opportunity to open up a lead at the top of the group with a victory here.

Ecuador, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back after being on the wrong end of a 4-0 defeat in their opening game.

That loss at the hands of Uruguay not only handed them the worst start imaginable to the Copa America but left them rooted to the bottom of the group too.

It sets this game up as one to watch, with both sides keen to make an impression after contrasting opening results.

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Ecuador will be without Jose Quintero, who was sent off in their opening game and will be serving a ban.

While there are no injury concerns for manager Hernán Darío Gómez, it would be surprising if he doesn’t make changes following that opening defeat.

Chile, on the other hand, are unlikely to make any changes to their starting line up. Their impressive victory has almost guaranteed that.

That means a starting role for Arturo Vidal once again, while Alexis Sanchez will feature too.

What the managers said

Hernán Darío Gómez will be looking to avoid a repeat of the 4-0 defeat against Chile
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – JUNE 16: Hernan Gomez coach of Ecuador. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Ecuador boss Gomez admitted the game against Chile will not be an easy one, given his side are still one in transition.

“Chile comes with its team of titles, it’s not easy. We are a team in transition, and I have been saying it, but they give me stick for it”.

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QUERETARO, MEXICO – OCTOBER 16: Reinaldo Rueda, coach of Chile. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

Chile boss Reinaldo Rueda, meanwhile, has insisted that his side need to overlook Ecuador’s opening game defeat.

“That match for me was an accident. We did not see it. That is not the difficult Ecuador we have observed. “


Chile have won 12 of their 14 Copa America games against Ecuador. The last time they failed to beat them was 1997.

Ecuador are winless in their previous 12 Copa America games against South American teams since they beat Venezuela 4-0 in 2001.

Ecuador have conceded seven goals in their past two games in all competitions. That’s the first time that’s happened to them since November 2007.

Along with Uruguay, Chile had the joint-most shots on target on the first match day of the Copa America.