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WC Qualifications (CONMEBOL) Preview: Bolivia vs. Ecuador

WC Qualifications (CONMEBOL) Preview: Bolivia vs. Ecuador

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One of the world’s most active football regions are up for a string of tournaments for next year’s Brazil finals. One of the pairs, Ecuador and Bolivia, will launch a second encounter in the CONMEBOL Qualifications in a bid to earn a place in the FIFA World Cup 2014. The match will be held on September 10 (as part of matchday 16) at the Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz.

 

Their last encounter saw Ecuador winning at home 1-0. The lone goal in the match was scored by Felipe Caicedo in the 74th minute. If not for this agile ownership of the ball, the tourney could have ended in a draw. Ecuador were an aggressive, score-hungry pack but Colombia were at their prime to strengthen their defense. Nevertheless, victory sided in the Ecuadorian squad (as expected) which gave them extra points to sit at the third spot of the regional table. Overall score for the winning side is pegged at 21 points, while Bolivia’s score is 11 points shy of their opponents’ (the team currently stand near the rankings’ bottom).

 

Ecuador were able to qualify for the World Cup finals in 2002 and 2006, reaching the Group Stage and Round of 16, respectively. While they remain scarce of a Copa América win, the side were nonetheless able to dominate the Pan American Games in 2007. In addition, Ecuador were winners of the 1995 Korean Cup and the 1999 Canada Cup.

 

The Bolivian team reached the World Cup finals three times: in 1930, 1950, and their most recent, in 1994.  They have never advanced past the first round of any World Cup, and have only scored one goal in the final stages. They have, however, won the Copa América trophy once (1963) and have ranked fourth place in the 2007 Pan American Games.

 

Given their past records, Bolivia are apparently inferior to Ecuador. Of the last five matches (or so) they had, the former have never won over the latter. Current FIFA rankings also indicate Ecuador being the stronger team, ranking fifth in the region versus Bolivia’s 10th place display. To cut things short, this match will again be single-handedly won by Ecuador.

 

Ecuador | Image source: conmebol.com

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