Predicting Each of Ecuador's World Cup Group Stage Matches

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Predicting Each of Ecuador's World Cup Group Stage Matches—Official site of the Ecuadorian Football Federation
23 men, one goal: Ecuador's national team.

Ecuador enter just their third-ever World Cup journey, hopeful of duplicating 2006's group-stage success. While that run ended in the Round of 16 against England, it was a solid step forward for a national side far less decorated than some of its continental neighbors.

They failed to return to the world stage in 2010, finishing sixth in the CONMEBOL qualification table. But with no Brazil to worry about this time around, Ecuador surged back to fourth to ensure automatic entry into the final 32.

At the World Cup draw last December, Ecuador were placed into Group E alongside 1998 winners France, their European neighbors Switzerland and Central America's Honduras. This could shape up to be a relatively even group, and Ecuador will be hopeful of qualifying.

La Tri have prepared for the tournament with three friendlies over the last month. They held the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam before falling 3-1 to Mexico in Dallas. A hearty 2-2 draw with England in Miami last week finished off a solid stint before shipping off to Brazil.

The matches against the European opposition saw somewhat weaker-than-normal teams fielded against Ecuador, with the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge not playing. Expect no such thing to occur in Brazil.

As such, how will Ecuador fare in their World Cup adventure? Read on for a forecast of La Tri's Group E play.

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