Ecuador are out of the World Cup after playing France to a scoreless draw at the Maracana
Given Switzerland’s romp over Honduras in Manaus, La Tri needed a two-goal win in Rio de Janeiro, and their task was made all the more difficult when Antonio Valencia was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Lucas Digne shortly after the restart.
Enner Valencia and Christian Noboa had decent chances to open the scoring for the South Americans, but France had their moments as well and go into the round of 16 as Group E winners.
Following are ratings and analysis for both groups of players.
|Ecuador Player Ratings|
|Juan Carlos Paredes||7||7|
Half-time analysis for Ecuador
Alexander Dominguez: Made a good save to deny Sissoko and then prevented the rebound.
Juan Carlos Paredes: Showed strength muscling Griezmann off the ball late in the first half.
Jorge Guagua: Lack of pace means Erazo is having to cover for him.
Frickson Erazo: Distribution out of defense could be better.
Walter Ayovi: Not looking to get forward with Montery and Arroyo working in front of him.
Antonio Valencia: His move into the middle helped Ecuador retain more of the ball.
Oswaldo Minda: Flew into an early challenge on Sissoko.
Christian Noboa: Was cut in a collision with Matuidi.
Jefferson Montero: Not nearly involved enough and has rarely gone on a run with the ball.
Michael Arroyo: His poor cross was snapped up easily by Lloris.
Enner Valencia: Struggled with his ankle early on but appears fine.
Full-time analysis for Ecuador
Alexander Dominguez: Made nine saves over the course of the 90 minutes.
Juan Carlos Paredes: Showed some spark and generally outplayed Griezmann.
Jorge Guagua: Won all of his aerial battles.
Frickson Erazo: Picked up the game’s only yellow card after fouling Giroud late on.
Walter Ayovi: Made a good defensive header on Pogba.
Antonio Valencia: Shown a straight red card after unintentionally digging his studs into Digne’s shin.
Oswaldo Minda: Faced wave after wave of French attacks and contributed four tackles.
Christian Noboa: Had a wonderful chance to open the scoring but couldn’t hit the target.
Jefferson Montero: Went on a promising run shortly after the restart but ran himself out of bounds.
Michael Arroyo: Woeful finishing let him down just before being substituted.
Enner Valencia: Lost a late race with Koscielny.
Renato Ibarra: Distribution was appallingly bad.
Gabriel Achilier: Added absolutely nothing from the bench.
Felipe Caicedo: Three touches of the ball in a brief cameo.
|France Player Ratings|
Half-time analysis for France
Hugo Lloris: Called upon to deny Enner Valencia late in the opening frame.
Bacary Sagna: Delivered a nice cross that Benzema couldn’t quite latch onto.
Laurent Koscielny: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.
Mamadou Sakho: Might have been sent off for elbowing Minda.
Lucas Digne: One of the brighter France players so far.
Paul Pogba: Tested Dominguez with a well-placed header.
Morgan Schneiderlin: Completed an impressive 94 percent of his passes in the first half.
Blaise Matuidi: Making those instinctive runs forward.
Moussa Sissoko: Placed a shot on goal with a well-taken volley.
Karim Benzema: His only shot on target in the first half was an ambitious effort from distance.
Antoine Griezmann: Only 28 touches of the ball so far.
Full-time analysis for France
Hugo Lloris: Had only two saves to make in the match.
Bacary Sagna: Very few of his crosses found their targets.
Laurent Koscielny: Did well to close down Enner Valencia late on.
Mamadou Sakho: Replaced by Varane midway through the second half.
Lucas Digne: Was superb down the left—will be a top left-back for years to come.
Paul Pogba: Nearly set up Benzema with an imaginative chip over the defense.
Morgan Schneiderlin: Completed 93 percent of his passes overall.
Blaise Matuidi: Couldn’t create a breakthrough before being subbed off for a rest.
Moussa Sissoko: Floated in a lovely ball that Pogba should have headed into goal.
Karim Benzema: Brought his shooting boots in the second half but couldn’t buy a goal.
Antoine Griezmann: Hit the bar with a header just moments after the restart.
Raphael Varane: Didn’t misplace a single pass after coming on for Sakho.
Olivier Giroud: His one attempt on target was straight at Dominguez.
Loic Remy: Just nine touches of the ball after replacing Griezmann.