Mexico became the first team to be eliminated from the Copa America on Friday after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Ecuador in Group A. Miller Bolanos and West Ham’s Enner Valencia struck either side of half-time for Gustavo Quinteros’ side, before Raul Jimenez cut the deficit from the spot. Mexico are now the first team to be eliminated from the competition, with them bottom of Group A, while Ecuador will be hoping for an unlikely set of results to put them through as one of the best third-placed outfits. Ecuador dominated proceedings from the off against a lacklustre Mexico side, who had drawn both of their previous two games against hosts Chile and Bolivia. The Ecuadorians, who lost their opening two games, knew they needed a win to have any chance of progressing and they played like it as they scrapped for everything. Bolanos had the first meaningful chance in the second minute as he wormed his way into space […]

MEXICO v ECUADOR Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua Saturday 19th June, 2015, 1:30am GMT  *** Mexico gained plenty of plaudits for their performance in earning a thrilling 3-3 draw with hosts Chile on Monday, but victory is now all that matters for Miguel Herrera’s men entering their final Copa America group match. After an insipid opening goalless draw with Bolivia, Mexico produced a vivacious display to twice take the lead against one of the favorites to take the trophy before coming from behind to salvage a well-deserved point. But it still leaves El Tri realistically needing a victory against Ecuador on Friday in order to at least be sure of going onto the quarterfinals as one of the best third-placed teams. Both teams have failed to impress in the early stages of the competition, with Mexico having been held to two draws and Ecuador losing back-to-back games.Only a win would be good enough to see third-placed Mexico in with a chance of […]

Since 1975, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay have been the biggest performers in the Copa America. With the former winning five titles, and the latter two, with a couple of titles each. It is often difficult to find a diverse set of winners, in this tournament – much like the La Liga, in Spain. Indeed, the only time we saw a Copa America winner outside these three, was in 2001, when the great Colombian team snatched it from the Mexicans’ hands with a 65th minute goal. When one tries to think of teams outside Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, that could win the Copa America, two immediate names come to mind – 2014 World Cup Quarterfinalists Columbia, and current hosts Chile. Ecuador is a rather unlikely name, when one thinks about who could win a Copa America. Yet they have always traditionally been one of the better teams in the continent. However, the country is yet to win it’s first ever title […]