CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers: Brazil travel to Ecuador aiming to extend unbeaten run

Brazil have already qualified for the Qatar World Cup, and there is no pressure on head coach Tite as they head into their final five qualification games.

Brazil football team's training session ahead of the world cup qualifiers against Ecuador on Thursday: Twitter/@CBF_Futebo
By Sreejith C R | Jan 27, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Brazil will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in the World Cup 2022 CONMEBOL qualifiers, when they travel to the Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado in Quito to face Ecuador on Thursday. Meanwhile, Ecuador have picked up 10 points from their last 12 available on home soil and will be hoping to consolidate their place in the top four with a positive result against the leaders. Brazil have already qualified for the Qatar World Cup, and there is no pressure on head coach Tite as they head into their final five qualification games.

The Selecao played out a goalless draw against their rivals Argentina in their last match. It was their first meeting since the 2021 Copa America final. The result saw the five-time champions move onto 35 points from their 13 games and maintain the six-point lead over second-placed Argentina.

Brazil have an extraordinary record in the World Cup qualifiers as they are unbeaten in their last 30 appearances and the last defeat came in October 2015, when Chile won 2-0 in Santiago. Tite’s side would be hoping to extend their unbeaten run as Brazil are undefeated against Ecuador in the last 12 meetings including a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in Porto Alegre last year.

Tite’s side will be seeking to avoid a third successive draw after sharing points in their last two games against Argentina and Colombia. Meanwhile Ecuador secured an impressive 2-0 win against Chile to remain in third spot and move six points clear of fifth placed Peru.

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Team news

Brazil will be without star striker Neymar, who is out with an ankle injury while Roberto Firmino and Richarlison haven’t made into Tite’s 26-man squad. Vinicius Junior and Raphinha are likely to start in the attack and they could be joined by Gabriel Jesus.

Casemiro is expected to marshal the midfield, while 38-year-old Dani Alves could join Thiago silva, Marquinhos and Alex Sandro in the back four.

As for Ecuador, goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez will likely return between the sticks while Angelo Preciado, Felix Torres and Piero Hincapie could find a place in the starting eleven. Experienced forward Enner Valencia will be pushing for a start in attack while Jhesgson Mendez and Moises Caicedo could be deployed in the midfield.





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