Brazil escapes opener defeat in Copa America 2016, draws 0-0 with Ecuador


Top billing of day two of the Copa America Centenario, Brazil and Ecuador played to an entertaining yet scoreless draw at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Although partisans and neutrals alike were likely hoping for goals in this game, the quality of play overall was the best yet of the tournament. That said, there was plenty of chippy play and crunching tackles on the night. And while both teams’ link-up play was solid, chances in the final third were limited and shots on target were hard to come by.

The biggest moment of the match came in the 66th minute, as a cross from the endline by Ecuador’s Miller Bolaños was mishandled by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson and bounced into the net. But the referee waived the goal off, apparently due to the belief the ball went over the endline before Bolaños sent it towards goal, a call that replays showed was incorrect.

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