Full-Time: Ecuador 0-0 France


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Full-Time: Ecuador 0-0 France

The whistle blows, and Ecuador's World Cup is over as France and Switzerland progress from Group E!

93' - Ayovi shoots wide for Ecuador!

92' - CHANCE! Sagna whips in a ball for Giroud, who can only direct his header staright at Dominguez!

90' - Four minutes of injury time to be added...

89' - Ecuador SUB: Caicedo (ON) for Noboa (OFF)

87' - CHANCE! Remy with a striker form range, which is superbly saved by Dominguez!

83' - CHANCE! Dominguez blocks Benzema's latest shot on target!

82' - CHANCE! Lloris with a fine save from Ibarra's goal-bound effort!

80' - CHANCE! Ecuador break as the ball is switched to Arroyo, who shoots wildly off target!

79' - Remy with an almost immediate impact as he snakes into the box on the right, yet his square ball into the centre is blocked by the still resilient Ecuadorian defence.

78' - France SUB: Griezmann (OFF) for Remy (ON)

77' - Benzema with a shot which bounces just in front of Dominguez, who easily holds on.

76' - Benzema tries to twist his way into the box, but is dispossessed by Guagua.

74' - News coming in that Switzerland are 3-0 up against Honduras. Ecuador now need to win this match by two goals to progress. They need to get out of thier half first though...

72' - CHANCE! The ball comes in from Sissoko, yet an unmarked Pogba steers his header wide!

71' - A string of French passes ends with Schneiderlin shooting well over the bar for Les Bleus.

69' - Pogba now with his turn to shoot the ball skywards instead of on target.

68' - Arroyo shoots high and wide from a free-kick from way out! Never beating Lloris from that range...

66' - France with two successive corners which are dealt with my the rigid Ecuadorian defence.

65' - France SUB: Matuidi (OFF) for Giroud (ON)

64' - CHANCE! Benzema with a shot at the edge of the D which is deflected out for a corner! France turning the screws here...

63' - Ecuador SUB: Ibarra (ON) for Montero (OFF)

61' - CHANCE! Matuidi with a powerful shot which is struck straight at Dominguez! Either side of him and that was definitely a goal...

59' - France with the first substitute of the game as Varane (ON) replaces Sakho (OFF)

58' - Matuidi now down the left, wins a corner which is initally cleared, but lands at the feet of Karim Benzema who shoots way over the top from range.

57' - CHANCE! Benzema and Pogba both have their chances blocked as the Ecuador defence hold firm! For how much longer you wonder...

56' - Ecuador looking threarening on the break as Montero eases past Sagna, but over-runs the ball out of play for a French goal-kick.

53' - CHANCE! Ecuador with three on two as Inner Valencia skips through the French midfield and lays it off to Noboa on the right who shoots horribly wide! Should have done better! The South Americans need to take very chance they can get with a man down...

51' - If it was tough before, it's even tougher now for Ecuador with ten men. Expect France to dominate proceedings from here on out.

48' - RED CARD! Antonio Valencia is given his marching orders for that tackle on Digne!

47' - Lucas Digne down after a strong challenge by Valencia.

46' - CHANCE! Griezmann connects a cross from Griezmann, who gets in front of his marker to draw a good save from Dominguez as he pushes the ball onto the post!

And we're underway in the second half! South America are aiming for six out of their six teams in the tournament to make it to the Last 16. Can Ecuador find a goal and do their part for the continent?

Half-time: Ecuador 0-0 France

The referee blows for half-time, and it's the French who go into the break the happier of the two sides with the scores level. Ecuador with a lot of work to do in the second period.

45' - Two minutes added on. Valencia with an elbow on Sakho in the middle of the park. Rivalry still brewing form their MAnchester United-LIverpool match-ups...

44' - Antonio Valencia with a strike from range, yet it's blocked off by the French backline.

43' - Benzema with a shot, but straight at the keeper!

42' - Benzema flicks on for Griezmann, yet Dominguez is quick off his line to snuff out the danger!

40' - CHANCE! Lloris with a block at his near-post after Enner Valencia headers powerfully downwards towards goal!

37' - CHANCE! Digne shoved off the ball by Paredes and France win a free-kick. Griezmann takes and Pogba forces a back-pedalling Dominguez to tip the ball over the bar!

36' - Pogba with a ball in for Sissoko, but Ecuador clear.

33' - Half-chance for Ecuador as Arroyo's chance-cum-shot from the left is easily gathered by Lloris.

31' - Challenges flying in as Matuidi is brought down by Guagua. Switzerland now 2-0 up, Not good news for the Ecuadorians...

29' - Noboa back up and running, yet he's shed blood after that challenge and is wearing some interesting-looking head gear now to cover his wound.

27' - The ball bobs around in the French box, and Noboa is fouled by Matuidi in his own box as he challenges for the ball. He's stayed down, and is receiving some attention.

26’ - CLOSE! Sagna crosses in from the right, but it’s just over Benzema’s head!

23' - Ecuador now stringing a few passes togther, yet give it away after trying to spread it wide. They need an opening here, because as it stands with Switzerland leading, the South Americans are out.

21' - It's route one for Ecuador, yet Enner Valencia is pushed out wide and his shot fails to force a save from Llrois, who has had a quiet game thus far.

20' - Ecuador try penetrate through the French defence down the middle, yet there's no way through Koscielny.

19' - France looking dangerous each time they bombard down the wing. Griezmann closed down quickly this time though.

17' - Striker Enner Valencia, the only goal-scorer so far for Ecuador at the tournament, is receiving treatment on the side of the pitch. All seems ok though, as he jogs back onto the field to loud applause from the Ecuadorian faithful.

15' - CHANCE! Sissoko with a sweetly-struck volley after good attacking play down the left once more, yet he shoots straight at Dominguez!

13' - Ecuador giving away the ball, passes going astray, and goalkeeper Dominguez clears straight back to the opposition from his box. Looking a little nervous here for the big occasion...

10' - France very comfortable on the ball, passing it around in midfield, before Antoine Griezmann tries a shot from the right which rolls wide.

7' - Ecuador break down the left with Montero, who mis-controls and it's a France goal-kick.

6' - First corner to France, yet no danger for Dominguez between the sticks.

5' - News in that Switzerland have scored against Honduras! Ecuador with it all to do now...they effectively have to match what the Swiss do in their game...

4' - Minda with a sliding challenge on Sissoko to give France their first free-kick of the game in the middle of the park. They pass it around, but then lose possession and Ecuador have a throw-in.

3' - Digne again looking promising down the left as he cuts the ball back for Matuidi, whose shot is prevented from reaching Dominguez in the Ecuador goal.

2' - France with a strong start to the game, looking dangerous down the left with Lucas Digne. His cross is blocked though, and the follow up goes out for a goal-kick.

1' - And the Ivorian referee gets us underway! Ecuador in their traditional yellow strip, France in white.

The anthems are being belted out around the magnificient Maracana!

France are in the pound seats as they lead the group by three points and have all but qualified for the knockout stages, yet Ecuador are not guaranteed a spot. They will need to win, or hope Honduras do them a favour in the simultaneous Group E fixture against Switzerland.

France are unbeaten in their last six World Cup matches against South American opposition, yet are without the suspended Yohan Cabaye for this game. Having already qualified however, they make six changes from their last match where they dispatched the Swiss 5-2, while Colombia make just one change from their victorious side that beat Honduras 2-1.

These two sides have met just once before in a friendly in 2008 which France won 2-0.

Team line-ups:

Ecuador XI: Dominguez, Guagua, Erazo, Paredes, Noboa, Montero, W. Ayovi, E. Valencia, Minda, Arroyo (c), A. Valencia

France XI: Lloris (c), Sakho, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Sagna, Digne Sissoko, Pogba, Koscielny, Schneiderlin