Brazil 2014 World Cup | Ecuador vs. France

Apologies for the long delay, my computer was being  a little slow on me as I’ve just had a new router installed. Not to worry, I’ll make sure to round off a really good day with this final football blog feed of the night. As usual, I’ll copy over the football commentary quotes that commentators have put up on the BBC Sport website into this blog feed, plus I’ll also add my own thoughts in as well.

Ecuador 0-0 France

 

Jonathan Jurejko: “Early running from France, who can’t get a shot on target to trouble Ecuador keeper Alexander Dominguez.”

Ecuador v France
Credit: BBC Sport

Former England Captain Alan Shearer: “France striker Karim Benzema is a threat. He likes to run in behind defences. He didn’t have his best game in the Champions League final for Real Madrid but given chances he will score goals. He is benefitting from a side that is playing positive, attacking football and he is doing the business for them. With the changes France have made it will be interesting to see how they do and how strong their squad is.”

Jonathan Jurejko: “A grimace breaks out on the weary face of Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda, someone must have whispered the news from Manaus in his ear. It is not well-received.”

Group E
Credit: BBC Sport

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Stacy Phillips: The big players step up when necessary and boy has Shaqiri done that. What a goal. Sign him up Liverpool!

Jonathan Jurejko: “No sparkling response from Ecuador to that Swiss goal yet. France are enjoying much of the early possession, with Antoine Griezmann shooting low and wide from distance.”

Tottenham and Former USA Goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 Live, Brad Friedel: “If the game carries on like this Jefferson Montero and Antonio Valencia are going to get frustrated very quickly. They’re being forced to defend and that’s not their game. Ecuador have got to pose some threat.”

France v Ecuador
Credit: BBC Sport

Jonathan Jurejko: “Thwack! France midfielder Moussa Sissoko gets his head over the ball and swivels beautifully to cleanly connect with a vicious volley that flashes towards goal. Textbook technique. But it is easy for Ecuador stopper Alexander Dominguez to save. Another pained expression on the furrowed brow of Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda. Star man Enner Valencia goes down in a heap…Phew – panic over. Enner Valencia trots back to the pitch to lead Ecuador’s line after that injury scare. Amazing what a good wet of the magic sponge can do. And Enner Valencia almost gets an instant sniff of the goal. France carelessly lose possession as Valencia looks to pounce, but his pass for Jefferson Montero is too hard and keeper Hugo Lloris comes out to gather.”

Ecuador v France
Credit: BBC Sport
Enner Valencia
Credit: BBC Sport
Ecuador v France
Credit: BBC Sport

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Jack of all trades: I haven’t seen anything that says that Pogba will be a world class player, he just has strength, power and energy but no skill.

Max: Love watching the French side at #bbcworldcup …are they entertaining or what! – a lesson for England regarding ‘expression & passion’

Brad Friedel: “This French team looks so big, powerful and strong from up here compared to Ecuador’s players. It’s definitely one of their main attributes. They have come here to play and they’ve made another confident start.”

Jonathan Jurejko: “We’ve just passed the quarter mark in both games, and Xherdan Shaqiri’s opener for Switzerland is putting them into the last 16. The Swiss almost receive another boost as France threaten the Ecuador goal. Keeper Alexander Dominguez goes wafting at Bacary Sagna’s swinging cross from the right, but is lucky to see the ball skim Karim Benzema’s shaved bonce.”

Group E
Credit: BBC Sport

David Ornstein (BBC Sport at the Maracana): “With the pattern of play firmly established from the opening minute – France in total control – it doesn’t look like this is going to be one of the World Cup’s most evenly contested encounters. But that has done little to dampen a fantastic atmosphere inside the Maracana, where the two sets of fans are seemingly taking it in turns to belt out their favourite tunes. That said, it took just nine minutes for them to start a Mexican Wave and that must be a tournament record.”

France fans at the 2014 World Cup
Credit: BBC Sport

Jonathan Jurejko: “Back in Rio it is all very quiet in the usual-carnival-like Maracana. Ecuador need a miracle as they search for the win that they surely need to keep them in the World Cup. But at the moment it is all about stemming the tide at the other end…And that is perfectly illustrated by France creating their best moment of the match. Paul Pogba keeps his eyes fixed on the ball, tenses his neck muscles and plants his streaky-blond mohican haircut on the ball. It flies towards the Ecuador top corner, but the hand of Alexander Dominguez is there to palm clear.”

Former England Defender Phil Neville: “I saw a lot of Paul Pogba in the youth teams at Manchester United. He is one of the complete young midfielders in the world. He is gathering experience all the time at Juventus. One thing he does do is work hard at his game and he does want to be the best midfielder in the world.”

France's Paul Pogba, right, is challenged by Ecuador's Cristhian Noboa
Credit: BBC Sport

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Miracle Roch: Pogba has been trying so hard to do a “Pirlo” in this match.

Jonathan Jurejko: “Ecuador midfielder Cristhian Noboa has been in the wars – as blood streams from his head following an earlier aerial clash. And that is a not-so-seamless link into an Ecuadorian chance. Noboa has nothing to do with the attack, however, as a leaping Enner Valencia forces Hugo Lloris in a smart save with his legs at his near post.”

Ecuador midfielder Christian Noboa
Credit: BBC Sport

Brad Friedel: “The Ecuador manager will know the score in the Switzerland game. But he will probably wait until half time before considering changes. They have to do something because this French team have such good technique and are applying so much pressure.”

EXTRA TIME

 

2ND HALF!!!!!!!!

Jonathan Jurejko: “Instincts of a cat from keeper Alexander Dominguez saves Ecuador. Antoine Griezmann ghosts into the penalty area to turn Bacary Sagna’s cross towards the Ecuadorian net. Dominguez acrobatically turns the ball on to the post and the South Americans survive.”

Ecuador v France
Credit: BBC Sport

 RED CARD!!!!!!!!

Jonathan Jurejko: “Oh dear. Ecuador’s captain and talisman Antonio Valencia is shamed by a reckless tackle on Lucas Digne. Studs up in the tackle and after deliberation between the officials, the Manchester United winger is dismissed. Early bath time.”

Antonio Valencia tackle
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Jonathan Jurejko: “Jerry Bengston was Honduras’s goal hero during the 2012 Olympics and boy do they need his scoring instincts now. Twice he goes close to halving the gap in a matter of seconds. The second is cleared off the line by Ricardo Rodriguez. Great defending.”

Jerry Bengtson of Honduras watches as his shot is cleared off the line
Credit: BBC Sport

Phil Neville: “People will say Antonio Valencia’s studs were up but his foot came off the ball and made contact with Lucas Digne, who had gone to ground early.”

Jonathan Jurejko: “The 10 men of Ecuador almost take a shock lead. They only need a 1-0 victory, if Switzerland win by a two-goal margin, to go through. But Cristhian Noboa slips when well-placed and slices wide. Their best chance of the game could just have disappeared down the drain. What on Earth has happened to Ecuador? They look miles better with just 10 men. Jefferson Montero breaks clear down the left but can’t pick out a yellow shirt in the French box.”

David Ornstein: “Stunned silence from the Ecuador fans, gasps from everybody else, as Valencia is given his marching orders. Referee Noumandiez Doue took his time over that, clearly communicating with his assistants and perhaps the fourth official, but appeared to come to the correct decision. The Manchester United winger jogged down the tunnel without any complaints. Ecuador need to win this match to reach the last 16 – they’re up against it now.”

Ecuador v France
Credit: BBC Sport

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Cam Geddes: So selfish from Antonio Valencia, all #ECU need (at this stage) is a one-nil win, and he’s completely limited their hopes.

Miracle Roch: On this showing; it’s Switzerland we should be worried about not France.

Jonathan Jurejko: “France look anything but potential world champions tonight. Karim Benzema has been as quiet as a doormouse, but sees a low effort deflected wide. Olivier Giroud is limbering up on the touchline – is Benzema’s time up? Nope. It is Blaise Matuidi’s number which flashes up on the electronic board.”

Brad Friedel: “I don’t know about you but any minute now I think we’re going to see France score. They are wearing Ecuador down. France are quicker in their movement off the ball and are playing better quality balls into the box.”

France v Ecuador
Credit: BBC Sport

Jonathan Jurejko: “Surely, surely! No. France miss a golden chance which would have sent the Ecuadorians packing along with their Latin American mates from Honduras. Paul Pogba is given acres of space at the back stick but can only nod back across goal and out for a goal-kick.”

Group E
Credit: BBC Sport

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

AKarim: Could both European teams qualify from group E? This will be a first, mainly been dominated by South American teams so far.

NOT A SINGLE GOAL SCORED, NOT HAPPY :-(.

Jonathan Jurejko: “To paraphrase 1980s power-ballad rockers Journey, Ecuador aren’t stopping believing yet. Substitute Alex Ibarra shows a quick burst of pace to break down the right, but his arrowed shot is palmed away by Hugo Lloris. End to end stuff now in the Maracana. Karim Benzema sees that shiny golden boot in his mind as he is served up a delicious chance on a plate by strike partner Olivier Giroud. But the France striker cannot beat Ecuador keeper Alexander Dominguez with a side-footer. Still hope, albeit, very slim for the 10-man Ecuadorians.”

Ecuador v France
Credit: BBC Sport

Kevin in Hornchurch on text: Roy must be looking forward to playing Switzerland in the Euros. Guaranteed 3 points by the looks of it…………. For the Swiss sadly !!

Jonathan Jurejko: “France are still searching for that late winner which would give them a perfect 100% record in Group E. Bandy-legged midfielder Paul Pogba drives forward, thumping a low effort goalwards which is swiftly dealt with by busy Ecuadorian keeper Alexander Dominguez. Alexander Dominguez goes down in a heap, suffering from cramp apparently. You’d never see John Burridge complaining of that. Four minutes to go…But Alexander Dominguez clambers to his feet and saves Olivier Giroud’s header from point-blank range. The ball has been drawn to his gloves like a magnet tonight.”

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-ALEX SMITHSON

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