Brazil needed to accept a 1-1 draw away to Ecuador after Felix Torres’ header quarter-hour from time cancelled out an early Casemiro strike in a outstanding World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
The incident-packed conflict noticed each side have a participant despatched off inside the primary 20 minutes and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson on proven a crimson card on two events just for each to be rescinded after session with the Video Assistant referee (VAR).
Ecuador will really feel aggrieved at having a aim chalked off and two penalty awards rescinded by the VAR – together with one in second-half stoppage time – however they received simply reward for his or her resilience when Torres headed residence from a nook.
Casemiro had put Brazil forward after 5 minutes when he hammered residence from shut vary after a goalmouth scramble.
Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez was crimson carded after quarter-hour for a reckless problem, and Brazil fullback Emerson Royal was dismissed 5 minutes later for a second yellow card following a slipshod deal with.
5-times world champions Brazil have already certified for this yr’s finals in Qatar together with Argentina, who’re enjoying in Chile on Thursday. Ecuador are third within the 10-nation South American qualifying standings with 24 factors from 15 video games.
Ecuador’s match in opposition to Brazil ebbed and flowed however was enthralling all through, particularly within the opening half hour.
Already a aim down, Ecuador’s keeper Dominguez was proven a crimson card for a neck-high problem that felled Matheus Cunha on the sting of the field.
However moments later the numbers had been at the same time as Brazil’s Emerson Royal, who was proven a yellow card within the first minute for a agency problem, received a second for a slipshod intervention.
Brazil goalkeeper Alisson regarded like he could be the third participant despatched off after 25 minutes however following a prolonged delay Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan overturned the choice.
Ecuador, on a house pitch the place they’d earned 16 of their 23 factors forward of Thursday’s match, thought they could snatch all three factors after they had been awarded a stoppage-time penalty.
Alisson felled Ayrton Preciado in trying to punch the ball clear and was once more proven a crimson card, however after consulting VAR the referee overturned each the penalty award and crimson card.
The draw noticed Brazil prolong their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers to 31 video games to match the South American document they set from 1954 to 1993.
In the meantime, Uruguay moved into fourth with 19 factors after beating Paraguay 1-0 in Asuncion, Luis Suarez getting the winner 5 minutes into the second half to offer new coach Diego Alonso a profitable begin.
The end result retains Uruguay’s qualification hopes alive and dealt a heavy blow to Paraguay, who sit second backside of the desk with 13 factors.
Colombia and Peru, who meet on Friday, are on 17 factors.
Backside aspect Venezuela are the one group out of the operating to qualify for Qatar, with most sides having 4 video games left to play.
The highest 4 qualify routinely for the World Cup whereas the fifth-placed aspect go right into a playoff with a group from the Asian confederation.
Supply: ESPN Soccer