FULL-TIME: Mexico 1-2 Ecuador
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Mexico - Ecuador
Copa América - 20 June 2015
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YELLOW CARDS: Eduardo Herrera (Mexico) and Osbaldo Lastra (Ecuador)
Vuoso should have hit the target. A scrambled corner kick lands at the feet of the Mexican striker inside the penalty area, but he skews his shot past the far post with Dominguez prepped for a save.
We're into the last few minutes of this game now, and it's actually Ecuador who look the most likely of the two teams to clam another goal - rather than Mexico, who are chasing the game.
Bolanos has found himself in a number of good positions for Ecuador this evening, but far too often he has been slow to get his shot away on goal. He likes to set himself before an effort.
Mexico, for the first time since the penalty kick, have a shot on goal. Fabian teed himself up for the effort about 22 yards out, but the Mexican striker's strike was always rising.
Montero does really well to beat his man down the left side before cutting inside. He passes into Bolanos, who takes a touch and sets himself for the shot. But the tackle comes in before he can make it.
Ecuador's pressing game has been extremely successful. Mexico haven't been able to deal with it, and the men in yellow and blue look set for a valuable three points as things stand.
Mexico are not happy with some of the decisions that the referee has made. This time Herrera takes a boot to the face and his bleeding quite badly, but the ref says it wasn't a foul.
Mexico just can't make the ball stick in the final third. Vuoso is doing his best to hold the play up when it is played into him, but he has no support and Ecuador are finding it easy to snuff them out.
Ecuador sub: Renato Ibarra OFF, Juan Cazarez ON.
As things stand Mexico are currently heading out of the Copa America. And yet there doesn't seem to be much urgency from them to find an equaliser. They don't look like scoring.
Ecuador have been really good value for their lead. They have their moments against Bolivia, despite the defeat, but this has been by quite some distance their best display of the tournament.
His name might be on the scoresheet, but Jimenez has been really ineffective for Mexico in this game. The Atletico Madrid striker has struggled to find good scoring positions.
Great opportunity for Montero at the back post! Bolanos breaks in behind the Mexico backline and looks for his teammate with the cross, but his shot is blocked by the defender.
Herrera has had too much to say for himself. The Mexican head coach has been sent to the stand by the referee after venting his anger on a decision that went against his team.
Since the goal from the penalty kick it's actually Ecuador who have looked the more likely to score. Mexico have been restricted to the od venture over the halfway line.
Valencia didn't quite get enough of a purchase on his shot! Bolanos chested a cross down to his teammates, but the West Ham forward sort of scuffed his shot and Corona saved.
Ecuador needed to take the shot sooner! Valencia created the opportunity but between him and Bolanos they overplayed it and Mexico were afforded the chance to recover and make the block.
Even if Ecuador hold on to win this match, that goal will have big implications for them their efforts to make the final eight. They need to win big and now they have just a one goal lead.
Mexico didn't really look like scoring but they were gifted a chance to half the deficit from the spot. What will that do for Herrera's side in the final 25 minutes of this match?
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Mexico 1 (64 mins - Raul Jimenez) Ecuador 2. The deficit is halved and we have a game on again! Jimenez kept his cool and converted the spot kick right down the middle.
PENALTY KICK TO MEXICO! The referee has pointed to the spot for a foul on Ayala from Achilier at the front post.
Ecuador on the other hand, needed a big win to give themselves a chance to make the quarter-finals of the tournament - and as things stand they are on course for just that.
So Mexico are on the brink of elimination from the Copa America here. They need two more goals to give themselves a chance of making the tournament's final eight and quarter-finals.
GREAT CHANCE! That was an opportunity for Mexico to find an immediate route back into this game. Vuoso was presented with a shot from eight yards out, but Dominguez makes the stop.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Mexico 0 Ecuador 2 (58 mins - Enner Valencia). Ecuador have doubled their lead! Medina gives the ball away, with Balanos threading the pass through to Valencia - who finished with ease.
The change made at the break by Herrera has actually seen Mexico switch to a more orthodox flat back four. This is the first time they have tried this tactic in this year's Copa America.
Aquino was an impressive second half sub in the opening game against Bolivia, and Herrera wants the winger to have something of a similar impact in this match tonight. They need his threat.
Herrera certainly isn't sticking around with his changes in this match. The Mexico manager has now made two and only has one left, after brining on Aquino and Fabian.
YELLOW CARD: Marco Fabian (Mexico)
Mexico sub: Javier Guemez OFF, Marco Fabian ON.
YELLOW CARD: Renato Ibarra (Ecuador)
That is big news for the Copa America. Of course, Neymar was shown a red card for his involvement in the fracas after the defeat against Colombia, and now it would seem his tournament is over.
SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER! Valencia finds some space in between the two Mexican centre-backs, meeting a cross into the box with his head. But his effort puts his effort well over the bar.
Mexico sub: Efrain Velarde OFF, Javier Aquino ON.
My mistake, Herrera has made a change at the break. On comes Javier Aquino, with Efrain Valarde going off. That's a switch for Mexico in the left back position. New shape?
Neither Herrera nor Quinteros have made a change to their teams at the break, so for Mexico and Ecaudor it's as you were. I'm slightly suprirsed that El Tri haven't switched things about.
So what do Mexico have left in the tank? They have had a mixed tournament at this summer's Copa America, and they were relatively poor in the second half of this match.
The second half is under way. It's Mexico against Ecuador, and the latter holds a 1-0 lead.
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HALF-TIME: Mexico 0-1 Ecuador. Quinteros' team have been the better side in the opening 45 minutes and they deserve their lead. Mexico need a new plan at the break.
One minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
Herrera might be tempted to make a change at the break, given the standard of his team's performance in this first half. But the Mexico boss doesn't have many options on the bench.
Velarde makes an excellent run to get in behind the Ecuador backline, but his cut back for a teammate in white and green is cut out. The pass from deep to find him was pretty good too.
Out of the two up front for Mexico this evening, Vuoso has been the more impressive - although he has also struggled to make much of an impression. Jimenez has done next to nothing.
Paredes plays a neat give-and-go and strides down the right side. But he gets a bit excited and whips a cross with far too much power into the penalty area, evading everyone.
Ecuador are being afforded plenty space in the opposition half, with Mexico sort of half committing to pressing for an equaliser before the break. It's not the most convincing of charges though.
Of course, this is a somewhat handicapped Mexico squad that has travelled to Chile for this summer's Copa America. They also have the Gold Cup to play in just a few weeks time.
The more Mexico try to push up the pitch themselves, the more they leave space in behind them for Ecuador to exploit. And with the likes of Valencia up front, they have pace to burn.
He made the difference in the second half of the first game, and then in the second game as well, but Jimenez has been very quiet for Mexico so far. Will he find his groove soon?
Mexico look rather flat from front to back. There hasn't been much fight to them going behind. The attacking instinct that they showed against Chile hasn't quite raised its head again.
So as things stand Ecuador need a couple more goals and need a few favours from teams in other groups to claim one of the qualifying spots for third place teams in this tournament.
YELLOW CARD: Miller Bolanos (Ecuador)
Ecuador have been the better team in the opening half hour of the match, and now they have the lead. Mexico were left desperately exposed on the counter attack, leaving just three back to defend.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Mexico 0 Ecuador 1 (26 mins - Miller Bolanos). Ecuador attack on the break, with Valencia shooting at goal from inside the box. His effort is blocked, but Bolanos tucks away the deflection on the line.
That was certainly the closest Mexico have come to an opener tonight. That showed that they can also press high up the pitch and force mistakes, with Vuoso winning the ball on the edge of the box.
GREAT CHANCE FOR MEXICO! Paredes is robbed of the ball on the edge of his own penalty area, with Vuoso hassling him into a mistake. But the Mexican puts his shot just past the post.
Jimenez was left out of the team for the first game against Bolivia, but came on to make an impact in the second half and then started against Chile. He has been quiet early on though.
Valerde has come into this team after missing out on the first two games for Mexico in this tournament. They need him to provide something of an outlet down the left wing tonight.
In fact, Mexico have looked nervous on the basis of the opening 25 minutes of this game. There has been a lot of loose passes, and they are not dealing well with the Ecuador attention.
Ecuador have started the better of the two teams. Their pressing game is working well and Mexico are struggling to find much traction in the final third and through the midfield as well.
Bolanos floats a freekick delivery from about 35 yards out into the penalty area, but it wasn'tr really aimed at anyone in particular and the ball drifts out of play past the keeper's near post.
If Ecuador are to cause Mexico problems in the final third, you get the feeling that it will come through Valencia. The West Ham man is looking lively early on in this match.
I wonder if Ecuador will rue that missed opportunity from Bolanos in the opening five minutes or so. He really should have scored, especially with the goalkeeper already diving the wrong way.
He got hold of that one! Avoyi lines up the freekick from about 20 yards out and whips an effort towards goal. There was plenty curl and power on it, but it flashes comfortably past the near post.
These two teams found their shooting boots in their respective games on Monday, but also conceded plenty too. It looks like this match might follow a similar dynamic.
Quinteros must be pleased with the way his team has pressed Mexico when they have the ball in the opening 15 minutes of this game. They haven't given them a chance to settle.
With a front two of Vuoso and Herrera Mexico struggled to carry a threat in their opening game against Bolivia. In fact, that match might go down as the worst of the tournament so far.
Jimenez has retained his place in the starting lineup after his display against Chile earlier in the week. Herrera started with the Atletico Madrid man on the bench against Bolivia.
This is Mexico's ninth participation in this tournament and 2011 was the first time that they failed to make it out of the group stage. They are in a position to go through tonight.
Medina has the chance to create an opportunity for Mexico with a freekick in a dangerous position down the right side. But his delivery is poor and doesn't clear the first man.
Of course, Mexico lost their captain and most experienced player in the opening game against Bolivia - Rafa Marquez. In his place Herrera has decided to go with Mina as a replacement.
Corona is called upon once again. This time Noboa fancies his chances from about 25 yards out, finding the target with a right-footed strike - but the Mexican keeper makes the save.
Bolanos really should have scored the opener with that opportunity a few moments ago. He actually sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, but Corona still managed to save with his legs.
We expected an open game between these two, but even by that prediction - this has been a fast and furious start from Mexico and Ecuador. Both teams are looking to attack!
WHAT A CHANCE, WHAT A SAVE! Ecuador start on the front foot, with Bolanos taking a pass inside the box and losing his marker. But the midfielder sees his shot from eight yards saved by Corona's legs.
The objective is simple, at least is complexity, for both these teams. Mexico will be in the final eight with a win tonight. While Ecuador need to win, and win well to take one of the qualifying third spots.
Monday night was the last round of games in this group, and it was probably the best night of the tournament so far. Mexico drew 3-3 with hosts Chile, with Bolivia beating Ecuador 3-2.
This is the climax of Group A at this year's Copa America, with Chile and Bolivia playing their final game of the group stage later this evening. Who will be going through to the final eight?
And we're under way! It's Mexico against Ecuador in the 2015 Copa America from Chile.
TEAM NEWS: Mexico - Corona, Dominguez, Valenzuela, Flores, Velarde, Guemez, Medina, Corona, Vuoso, Jimenez. /// Ecuador - Dominguez, Paredes, Mina, Achillier, Avoyi, Noboa, Lastra, Ibarra, Montero, Bolanos, Valencia.
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