Mexico vs. Ecuador: Date, Time, Live Stream and 2015 Copa America Preview

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2015

Mexico's players celebrate after scoring their third goal against Chile during a Copa America Group A soccer match at El Nacional stadium in Santiago, Chile, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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The 2015 Copa America welcomes the final round of group-stage action on Friday, where Mexico and Ecuador will get the ball rolling with their high-stakes clash in Rancagua.

Miguel Herrera's side have taken two draws from their first two tournament outings and are seeking to record their first win of the competition, while Ecuador are yet to claim a single point in Chile.

Qualification is still a possibility for either side, however, ensuring there's everything still to play for when the two teams meet. Read on for all the fixture's vital viewing information and match preview.

 

Date: Friday, June 19

Time: 10 p.m. BST/5 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua

Live Stream: beIN Sports Connect (U.S.)

TV Info: beIN Sports 1 (U.S.)

 

Last-Chance Saloon

Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press

Hosts Chile currently sit atop Group A, level on four points with surprise contenders Bolivia, with those two teams set to clash later on Friday in what's shaping up to be another heated encounter.

However, either Mexico or Ecuador can still qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament as ESPN FC's Tom Marshall outlines some of the parameters for progressing:

The best Ecuador can look for is to seal third spot, in which case they would then hope neither Peru nor Colombia in Group C pick up any points, leaving them to go through as one of the best-placed teams in third.

In theory, El Tri can still win Group A, but would need Chile and Bolivia to draw on Friday evening, as well as beat Ecuador by a margin of three goals or more in order to sufficiently improve their goal difference.

Group A Standings
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Chile211053+24
2Bolivia211032+14
3 Mexico20203302
4Ecuador200225−30
BBC Sport

As Marshall explains, a draw could also be enough for Mexico to advance, although they would also be looking to the likes of Uruguay in Group B and Peru and Colombia in Group C to help them.

Both teams have shown sparks of ingenuity in Chile already, but Mexico and Ecuador will lay everything on the line in their final group fixture, knowing their tournament could end right here.

 

Defensive Improvements

Luis Hidalgo/Associated Press

While Mexico's 3-3 draw against Chile and Ecuador's 3-2 defeat to Bolivia made for highly entertaining spectacles as far as the neutral was concerned, their respective managers may not have been so impressed.

El Tri of course deserve their praise for managing to strike back against the tournament hosts and steal a valuable point in Santiago, with broadcaster Paul Sarahs naming that clash the best of the competition thus far:

Gustavo Quinteros in particular will not be overjoyed with Ecuador's concession rate, which sees them own the worst defensive record in the tournament as things stand, conceding five goals in their two opening matches.

Mexico have been buoyed by the news that veteran Rafa Marquez is likely to come back into the line-up for Friday's tie, per ESPN Tri, giving Ecuador another headache to surpass:

While he's far from the youngest player present, 36-year-old Marquez has tournament experience that no other player under Herrera's command can boast and should prove a useful asset.

Ecuador are fighting to show drastic improvement on the poor defensive displays shown thus far, while Mexico know they require an upgrade, too, after the end-to-end affair against Chile.