Ecuador vs Japan, Monday’s final match for Group Qualifiers in the Copa América, Group C, at the Mineirão, in the state of Minas Gerais.
It is possible that when stepping on the lawn of Mineirão this Monday the Ecuadorians are already eliminated. Their only chance of surviving in the race is in the playoff between the third placed teams. However, for that, they rely on rivals not to overcome the three-point barrier, which is the maximum they can achieve.
However, even if three points are the established need to advance to the quarter-finals stage, the situation in Ecuador is precarious, since the team has a negative goal balance of five. Fruit of a disastrous beginning of the cup.
Soon in the debut the team of Ecuador was run over by the selection of Uruguay. They took a defeat from 4 to 0 in a duel that passed all the time without being able to shoot a ball even in the direction of the opponent’s goal. Their only attempt to finish in the match went the wrong way. The midfielder Juan Quinteros was sent off in the 24th minute, but the Celeste team had already dominated the match and won 1-0 at the time.
In the next meeting, against Chile, the Ecuadorians improved a little, but ended up losing again. They took 2 to 1 showing once again a low offensive production. There were five attempts to finalize, with only one of them on target. Again the team ended up at a numerical disadvantage. Defender Gabriel Achilier took a red card in the final minutes of the clash and is suspended for Monday’s duel.
The Japanese also opened their participation being beaten by 4 to 0. They fell before the Chilean selection. Although the score was the same, the performance against Ecuador was much better. They managed to balance the actions with the South American team in part of the duel and only had the thrashing built at the end of the second half, when they opened in an attempt to react.
In the next game, the 2-2 draw against the Uruguayans, the Japanese, who are being represented by the team preparing for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, even had a chance to win but showed defensive fragility. The South Americans created 26 attempts to finalize, 12 of which hit the target.
The Japanese can achieve classification in two ways. The most difficult is in the second place position of group C. This hypothesis implies a victory against the Ecuadorians and defeat of the Uruguayans for the Chileans, besides discounting the difference in the balance of goals against Celeste (four to minus four), something quite improbable. The most viable scenario is to seek a position as one of the two best-placed third parties.
The football performances so far have made the prognosis in Japan’s victory the best option for the confrontation with Ecuador on Monday for the third – last – round of the 2019 Copa America qualifying round.