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As it happened: Ecuador v France

2014-06-26 00:00
Last Updated at 08:28
26 Jun 00:04

TOMORROW'S FIXTURES

Be sure to visit www.sport24.co.za on Thursday for more action from the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil:

USA v Germany - 18:00

Portugal v Ghana - 18:00

Algeria v Russia - 22:00

Korea Republic v Belgium - 22:00

26 Jun 00:03

GROUP E RECAP

In a group which was wide open, France made sure they would qualify as group winners with their stalemate with Ecuador.

Ecuador will be kicking themselves however, as their chances seem to have been blown after Antonio Valencia was sent off, although they played with more verve after his departure, it was always going to be an uphill task.

The big winners out of tonight would definitely be Switzerland, especially after being mauled by France on Friday, which damaged their goal difference considerably.

However, fortunately for the Swiss, they did not need to use goal difference, thanks to France and even if they did, they put in a complete display to dismantle Honduras, who finish stone last in the group.

25 Jun 23:58
FULL-TIME STAT ATTACK!

Shots:

Ecuador 11-21 France

Pass completion:

Ecuador 71%-86% France

Crosses:

Ecuador 9-39 France

25 Jun 23:54

AND THAT'S THAT!

The corner is cleared and referee Doue blows for full-time!

25 Jun 23:53
90' - Late corner to Ecuador, supporters call Dominguez to come forward, but they need TWO goals to advance, therefore even if they score now, they will not have enough time to rescue their cause...
25 Jun 23:50
90' - Dominguez recovers in time to take the free-kick as FOUR MINUTES OF STOPPAGE time is added on.
25 Jun 23:49

89' - Dominguez down now after falling awkwardly as the match is stretched.

Ecuador, like France, have already made all their substitutions, therefore, should Dominguez have to go off, they will have to end the match with NINE men and be replaced by an outfield player.

25 Jun 23:46
87' - Remy ghosts down the left for France, before cutting into his left foot, forcing Dominguez into a save, which is tipped around the post.
25 Jun 23:44
HOW ABOUT THESE TINY DANCERS?
25 Jun 23:42
84' - Benzema fires straight at Dominguez again after having a pass laid off to him by Giroud.
25 Jun 23:42
83' - With that change, it now means that Ecuador have switched to three centre backs, with their wingers to play as wing-backs.
25 Jun 23:41
82' - That was Arroyo's last act of the match as he is REPLACED by Gabriel Achilier as Ecuador make their final change at the back.


25 Jun 23:39
81' - Noboa picks out Michael Arroyo, who drives down the left inside and unleashes with his left foot, but his shot is skewed wide.
25 Jun 23:37
79' - Loic Remy comes ON now as France make their final change....Griezmann's night has come to an END.
25 Jun 23:36
78' - Benzema again, from outside the box, again, saved, again, by Dominguez.
25 Jun 23:35
77' - Valencia offside...Enner that is, in case you needed any reminding...
25 Jun 23:32
73' - Meanwhile, CORNER AND CHANCE to France, worked to Sissoko, who finds an unmarked Pogba, but the Juventus man's header from two yards out only flashing across Dominguez' goal.
25 Jun 23:30

71' - Ooooh, it has just become THAT much more harder for Ecuador, as if going down a man wasn't enough, Switzerland have scored again, and guess who...it's Shaqiri with a hat-trick!

As it stands, Ecuador will now need to win by TWO clear goals in order to advance.

25 Jun 23:28
70' - Oh my....Pogba decides to to let fly and quite literally FLY from all of 35 yards....some lucky spectator will have a free Brazuca match ball to take home tonight!
25 Jun 23:27
I NEVER QUITE SEEM TO GET TIRED OF THIS CLIP...
25 Jun 23:25
67' - Offensive change for France as Olivier Giroud comes ON for Matuidi.
25 Jun 23:25
67' - Guagua gets in the way of Matuidi's attempted cross, as the ball goes out for another corner.
25 Jun 23:23
65' - Ecuador clear to set up play with a throw in the French half.
25 Jun 23:23
65' - Benzema more involved now as his shot is deflected for a corner.
25 Jun 23:22
63' - Ecuador now make a change as Montero comes OFF, to be REPLACED BY Renato Ibarra.
25 Jun 23:21
63' - Sissoko now firing well over the crossbar.
25 Jun 23:20
62' - Smart interplay between Matuidi and Benzema, with Benzema playing a return to the PSG midfielder's favoured left foot, but his shot is straight at Dominguez.
25 Jun 23:19
60' - Change for France now as Sakho is seen limping OFF, to be REPLACED by Rafael Varane.
25 Jun 23:18
59' - Benzema now unleashing a shot from 30 yards out, but only succeeds in putting the Brazuca into orbit.
25 Jun 23:16
58' - France counter now as Digne picks out Pogba at the edge of the box, but his side-footed shot is blocked by Noboa.
25 Jun 23:15
57' - Montero now flying down the left, but unfortunately he overruns it.
25 Jun 23:15
HERE'S THE CHALLENGE THAT GOT VALENCIA SENT OFF...
25 Jun 23:14
54' - GOLDEN CHANCE FOR ECUADOR! Enner Valencia picks up a loose ball in the middle of the park and drives at the heart of France's defence, consisting only of Sakho and Laurent Koscielny...Christian Noboa joins in attack down the right, with Jefferson Montero motoring down Valencia's left. Valencia picks out Noboa, but unfortunately he skews his effort well wide of Lloris.
25 Jun 23:11
51' - After much deliberation and after consultation with his assistants, referee Noumandiez Doue from the Ivory Coast has decided to send the Manchester United man off....
25 Jun 23:09
50' - VALENCIA IS SENT OFF!!!!
25 Jun 23:09
49'- Lucas Digne writhing on the floor now after a nasty challenge from Antonio Valencia. Digne, unable to get up, receives attention from the team's medical team on the pitch.
25 Jun 23:08
47' - CHANCE FOR FRANCE! France attack down the left, Sagna crosses for Griezmann, but his two-yard effort is touched onto the crossbar by Dominguez.

25 Jun 23:05

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY

France kick off the second half to restart the match. Ecuador have 45 minutes to make it a clean sweep of South American teams to qualify for the knockout phase of the competition after Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Argentina's passages to the last 16 have already been assured.

25 Jun 23:03
HALF-TIME STAT ATTACK!

Shots:

Ecuador 3-5 France

Pass completion:

Ecuador 75%-84% France

Crosses:

Ecuador 4-15 France

25 Jun 22:50

HALF-TIME IN RIO!

Goalless first half at the Maracana as France, with largely changed side, have struggled to manufacture any clear-cut opportunities as Ecuador are trying their best to chase the game whilst remaining defensively disciplined.

As it stands, with Switzerland leading Honduras 2-0 at half-time, Ecuador need to beat France to advance from the group as runners-up, but should Switzerland extend their lead, the South Americans task will become all the more harder.

Be sure to stay tuned to what promises to be a tension-filled second half.

25 Jun 22:46
45+ - 2 MINUTES TO BE ADDED ON!
25 Jun 22:44
44' - Ball is worked to Benzema, who unleashes a shot, but Dominguez is at the right place at the right time to save comfortably.