Watch Brazil vs. Ecuador live stream free in the Copa América Centenario 2016, Group Stage on Saturday, June 4 at 9 p.m. from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The action continues in the last match of Group B, which will determine the standings at the end of this stage and the two strongest teams in this group are almost a sure bet to move to the next round. Even though Brazil is always a favorite to prevail, recent history gives the advantage to Ecuador.
La Tri has dominated the 2018 CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier, shocking superpowers Argentina and Uruguay in their opening matches. Ecuador is in second place in that competition, behind Uruguay with goal difference.
There is no question that when you watch Brazil vs. Ecuador live stream free, anything can happen. Brazil is not the invincible team of decades past and had a disastrous time hosting the 2014 World Cup, a title most experts thought they would take easily to avenge the nightmare that was the Maracanazo of 1950.
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However it was not to be, and in the last Copas, the Brazil National Football Team suffered one of the worst slumps in its illustrious history. In the 2015 Copa América, hosted by Chile, Brazil lost by penalty kicks (3-4) against Paraguay, after a 1-1 draw in regulation and overtime.
La Verde Amarela has a lot of pressure to perform during the Copa América Centenario 2016, however, it will have to do so without some very key players, according to the BBC. Brazil will be without superstar Neymar (training for Rio 2016 Olympic Games), Kaka (hamstring injury), and Rafinha (torn ACL surgery).
Fans who watch Brazil vs. Ecuador live stream free on Saturday will see whether Ecuador can take advantage of Brazil’s injuries and Neymar’s absence to take possession of first place in Group B. It would be the perfect opportunity to continue their successful CONMEBOL campaign in the World Cup qualifier.
This may be Ecuador’s best chance to finish on top of Group B, as many experts are calling this Brazil’s weakest roster in recent memory. Manager Dunga is having one heck of a time trying to come up with just the right lineup and is hoping that up-and-coming 19-year-old Santos’ star, Gabriel Barbosa — known as Gabigol — can give his team some hope to avoid another disastrous international tournament.
Gabriel Barbosa after scoring on his debut for Brazil: “I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life.” pic.twitter.com/8IF6d7Ngcg
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Those who watch Brazil vs. Ecuador live stream can see if Dunga’s young guns can trump their much weaker rival, on paper at least. Brazil’s manager recognizes his tenuous situation.
“Obviously we’d like to have Neymar here, but this is a top team.
“Some of them are very young, but they have quality. This is an opportunity for these players to show they deserve to be on the first team.”
Ecuador, meanwhile, will take the pitch with the same core team that has done so well in the World Cup qualifier and is in great form. Despite the poor field condition during training, manager Gustavo Quinteros says it won’t affect his team’s training time, according to FourFourTwo.
This will be a clash between a team trying to bring back its glory days and one which is breaking through in the American continent.
Watch Brazil vs. Ecuador live stream free from Pasadena, California, on Saturday, June 4 HERE. Kick off is at 9 p.m. central time.
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