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Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander, Valparaíso
  • E. Valencia 48'
  • M. Bolaños 82'
  • R. Raldes 5'
  • M. Smedberg-Dalence 18'
  • M. Moreno 43'(pen)
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Referee: J. Aguilar Attendance: 5982

Ecuador v Bolivia preview: Valencia wants points for La Tri

Gustavo Quinteros' men currently sit bottom of Group A and their star striker knows they cannot afford another defeat against El Verde

Ecuador striker Enner Valencia knows that his team need to get a positive result when they take on Bolivia in their second Copa América fixture in Valparaíso on Monday.

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La Tri suffered a 2-0 defeat to hosts Chile on the opening night of the competition, while El Verde picked up a point against invitees Mexico the following day.

Subsequently, Gustavo Quinteros' men are rooted to the bottom of the Group A table.

They now will kick off the second round of fixtures when they face Mauricio Soria's side at the Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander.

And Valencia knows that La Tri cannot afford to leave without a result, which he feels they need more than Bolivia, and he expects his side to play in an attacking fashion."Our coach likes to have a team that goes on the attack and looks for the opponent and I think that it will be very important to have this attitude in the match with Bolivia," he said.

"We are confident that against Bolivia we can do better things. The two teams are in need of a win, but us more because we still don't have any points."

The results of the previous clashes between the two sides at the Copa América are evenly split, with one victory each and five draws from their seven meetings, but in all competitions Ecuador have been far superior - not losing to El Verde in 11 fixtures.

In order to continue that run in Valparaíso, though, Walter Ayoví believes that la Tri need to work on the errors from their last outing."The team knows that we made mistakes against Chile and we hope that we can work on rectifying that. The important thing is that on Monday we can have a good game," added the captain.

Their cause may be aided in the fact that Bolivia have two key players struggling following their Group A debut.

Marcelo Martins (foot) and Jhasmani Campos (thigh) picked up knocks in the meeting with Mexico, though the seriousness of their issues is yet to be confirmed.

Such a blow could make it difficult to pick up their first Copa win since finishing as runners-up in 1997, while Quinteros has no worries following Ecuador's outing against Chile.

Previous Meetings

  • Ecuador 2-3 +Bolivia
    • E. Valencia 48'
    • M. Bolaños 82'
    • R. Raldes 5'
    • M. Smedberg-Dalence 18'
    • M. Moreno 43'

    Venue: Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander

  • Bolivia 0-4 +Ecuador
    • C. Noboa 9'
    • J. Cazares 34'
    • E. Valencia 65'
    • J. Sornoza 84'

    Venue: Lockhart Stadium

  • Bolivia 1-1 +Ecuador
    • J. Arrascaita 47'
    • F. Caicedo 58'

    Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles

  • Ecuador 1-0 +Bolivia
    • F. Caicedo 74'

    Venue: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa

  • Bolivia 1-3 +Ecuador
    • G. Yecerotte 86'
    • É. Méndez 4'
    • A. Valencia 46'
    • C. Benítez 66'

    Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles

Ecuador's Last 6 Matches

  • Ecuador 2-3 +Bolivia
    • E. Valencia 48'
    • M. Bolaños 82'
    • R. Raldes 5'
    • M. Smedberg-Dalence 18'
    • M. Moreno 43'

    Venue: Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander

  • Chile 2-0 +Ecuador
    • A. Vidal 67'
    • E. Vargas 84'

    Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos

  • Ecuador 4-0 +Panama
    • M. Bolaños 27'
    • F. Martínez 31'
    • F. Martínez 40'
    • J. Montero 52'

    Venue: Estadio Reales Tamarindos

  • Panama 1-1 +Ecuador
    • R. Torres 64'
    • F. Martínez 50'

    Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez

  • Argentina 2-1 +Ecuador
    • S. Agüero 8'
    • J. Pastore 58'
    • M. Bolaños 24'

    Venue: MetLife Stadium

  • Mexico 1-0 +Ecuador
    • J. Hernández 14'

    Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Bolivia's Last 6 Matches

  • Ecuador 2-3 +Bolivia
    • E. Valencia 48'
    • M. Bolaños 82'
    • R. Raldes 5'
    • M. Smedberg-Dalence 18'
    • M. Moreno 43'

    Venue: Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander

  • Mexico 0-0 +Bolivia

    Venue: Estadio Sausalito

  • Argentina 5-0 +Bolivia
    • Á. di María 25'
    • S. Agüero 29'
    • S. Agüero 31'
    • S. Agüero 51'
    • Á. di María 55'

    Venue: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario

  • Bolivia 3-2 +Venezuela
    • R. Raldes 41'
    • D. Lizio 53'
    • J. Arce 87'
    • W. Ángel 39'
    • A. González 71'

    Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles

  • Chile 2-2 +Bolivia
    • C. Aránguiz 42'
    • A. Vidal 90+
    • C. Saucedo 14'
    • C. Saucedo 51'

    Venue: Estadio Regional Calvo y Bascuñán

  • Bolivia 0-1 +Mexico
    • M. Layún 18'

    Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Team Lineups

Ecuador Starting XI
23 A. Domínguez  
3 F. Erazo  
4 J. Paredes  
21 G. Achilier  
10 W. Ayoví  
15 P. Quiñónez  
6 C. Noboa  
9 F. Martínez  
8 M. Bolaños  
13 E. Valencia  
7 J. Montero  
12 E. Dreer  
1 L. Azcona  
18 O. Bagüí  
20 J. Narváez  
16 M. Pineida  
2 A. Mina  
11 J. Cazares  
5 R. Ibarra  
19 P. Larrea  
22 J. González  
14 O. Lastra  
17 D. Angulo  
G. Quinteros

Match Stats

Ecuador VS Bolivia

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Bolivia subsequently temporarily take top spot in Group A, though Chile face Mexico in the pool's other fixture shortly. For now, that's all we have time for. Thanks for joining me, Tom Webber, and have a great night!
FULL TIME - Ecuador 2-3 Bolivia: What a game in Valparaíso! El Verde have their first Copa América win since 1997 as goals from Raldes, Smedberg and Martins put them three up at the interval. La Tri fought back, though with goals from Valencia - who had a penalty saved in the first half - and Bolaños, but they fell short of finding the equaliser with Noboa rattling the bar in the closing stages.
Cazares attempts to curl a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards but it lacks the pace to beat Quiñónez, who once again makes the save.
Angulo is penalised for a foul on Coimbra as he chases a long ball. He kept going and made contact with Quiñónez, who stayed down too just for good measure! The time wasting is going to intensify now.
There are going to be four minutes of added time! La Tri are urgently looking for an equaliser.


M. Moreno
D. Miranda
Substitution Marcelo Martins Moreno Damir Miranda Mercado
The final change for Soria leaves Bolivia without a striker: Martins makes way for Damir Miranda.
QUIÑÓNEZ SAVES BOLIVIA AGAIN! Cazares again produces another sublime effort, this time from slightly closer to the Verde goal. His right-footed strike looks to be arrowing into the far corner but the keeper dives across and claws it away.


J. Paredes
D. Angulo
Substitution Juan Carlos Paredes Reasco Daniel Patricio Angulo Arroyo
Daniel Angulo is on for Paredes as Quinteros goes all out for an equaliser. Will La Tri get it before the final whistle?
OFF THE BAR! Noboa comes exceptionally close to an equaliser but his thunderous effort from 30 yards cannons back off the woodwork! Everyone is back for Bolivia now. Can they hold on?
What a finale we've got in store now! Bolivia are going to do everything to hold onto their one-goal advantage while Ecuador will throw all they've got at them. It's going to be a tense ending in Valparaíso!

Assist C. Noboa

Assist Christian Noboa Tello

Goal M. Bolaños

GOOOOOAAAAL!! ECUADOR HAVE ANOTHER! He's been poor up to now, but Bolaños is given plenty of space in the centre of the Bolivia half and he takes full advantage. His ferocious strike from 25 yards sails into the back of the net with Quiñónez nowhere near! Game on!
The free kick is headed away by Zenteno but drops kindly for Ibarra. He controls it before hitting a fierce volley that flashes narrowly wide of the target! Some goal that would've been!
Paredes has been very positive this evening and he is blocked off as he attempts a one-two with Ibarra. Morales wasn't interested in the ball and it gives Ecuador a chance to pack the box for the set-piece.
Quiñónez has not been taking his goal kicks for some itme now. Bolivia will hope that it's nothing serious given the fantastic match he has had.
Noboa fires the ball into the box from a deep area and Hurtado fails to deal with it. It runs through to Montero but the flag goes up for offside!
Valencia goes for goal directly from the set-piece but simply fires it high of the crossbar. He then just stands there, staring into space and wondering what could've been.
Bolivia are doing all they can to hold onto their lead, but their defending has been far from convincing. Danny Bejarano commits a foul on Ibarra 25 yards from goal in a central area and the referee awards a free kick.
WHAT AN EFFORT! Cazares spots Quiñónez off his line so goes for goal from inside his own half! The wind helps carry it towards goal and the backpedalling keeper leaps up to try and get a hand on it. He cannot diver the ball from its path, but fortunately for him it whistles wide.


D. Lizio
M. Bejarano
Substitution Damián Emmanuel Lizio Marvin Orlando Bejarano Jimenez
A second change from Soria, and again it's defensive. Marvin Bejarano comes on in place of Damián Lizio, leaving Martins alone up top.
Cazares has been very bright since coming on, linking up well with Paredes on the right. He clips a pass down the line for the defender to chase but Quiñónez races off his line and claims it ahead of the Watford man.
It's all Ecuador at the moment! Montero gets free on the left-hand side of the box and he attempts to find Valencia with a cutback. It's intercepted and the West Ham striker is adjudged to foul Hurtado as he tries to regain possession. It seems an odd decision, as it could just as easily have been a penalty!
Domínguez gets away with one there! The keeper needlessly came all the way up to the halfway line to try and stop Bolivia from counterattacking against his team, but Martins almost beats him to it! La Tri work the ball forward and Noboa bobbles an effort on target which Quiñónez requires two attempts to hold.
QUIÑÓNEZ TO THE RESCUE AGAIN! Ibarra is fed through on goal and his pace gets him to the ball ahead of Morales. He hits a powerful shot from just inside the box but it is too close to the keeper, who stays big and makes the block!
Things just aren't coming off in the final third for La Tri at the moment. A cross from the left courtesy of Ayoví proves too long for any of his team-mates in the box.
A chance for Ecuador goes begging as Cazares slips a pass down the right-hand channel for Valencia. He keeps the ball in play at the byline and, with Quiñónez coming across to close him, he chips a cross into the centre. It swings away from the run of Montero, though, and goes out of play for a goal kick.

Yellow card R. Quiñónez

Yellow card Romel Javier Quiñónez Suárez
Montero attempts to wriggle his way into the box from the left but he is blocked off by Hurtado. The defender takes the ball, though, and as the Swansea man tries to recover it he commits a foul on Chumacero.
That change has signalled a clear change in Bolivia's approach, as they now have everyone bar Martins back behind the ball. Even Lizio is helping them defend in the wide areas. Soria knows how valuable the three points will be and he wants to be sure of keeping them.


R. Pedriel
C. Coimbra
Substitution Ricardo Pedriel Suárez Cristhian Michael Coimbra Arias
Pedriel is hauled off by Soria, with Coimbra coming on in his place. A defensive change from the Verde boss.
Both players should be fine to continue, but that's broken up the momentum that La Tri were building early in this half. Another goal for Ecuador would surely make Bolivia exceptionally nervous.
Bolivia have got a couple of players down now, with Morales and Hurtado on the deck. The former was caught by a late tackle from Ayoví while the latter had the wind knocked out of him due to a block on a venomous shot from Bolaños.
That early goal from Valencia has meant that this half has continued with the same frantic pace. It's been hugely open all evening, and we could well see yet more goals.
Ecuador win a corner which they fail to test Quiñónez from and Bolivia look to hit them on the break. Chumacero squares to Pedriel in a four-on-four situation but his touch is poor and he ends up fouling Erazo in his attempts to keep it under control! He's not happy with the referee's decision to award La Tri a free kick.

Goal E. Valencia

GOOOOOOAAAL!! Some more shocking defending, but this time Bolivia are the culprits! Montero capitalises to get into the box before unselfishly squaring to Valencia, who taps into an empty net. The comeback is on!

Assist J. Montero

Assist Jefferson Antonio Montero Vite
WHAT A SHOT! Bolaños finally produces something positive for la Tri, looping a volley towards the far post from the left-hand corner of the box. Romel Quiñónez leaps across his goal to parry it behind, though.


F. Martínez
R. Ibarra
Substitution Fidel Francisco Martínez Tenorio Alex Renato Ibarra Mina


P. Quiñónez
J. Cazares
Substitution Pedro Ángel Quiñónez Rodríguez Juan Ramón Cazares Sevillano
Two changes at the break from Quinteros, with Martínez and Pedro Quiñónez off for Cazares and Ibarra.
The second half is underway!
HALF TIME - Ecuador 0-3 Bolivia: What an opening 45 minutes we've had in Valparaíso! Raldes gave El Verde the lead before Smedberg added a second shortly after, both as a result of some dreadful defending from La Tri. Quinteros' men were offered a route back into the game when they were awarded a penalty, but, after having a successful effort chalked off due to encroachment, Valencia's spot-kick was saved. It proved costly, as shortly before the break Soria's men won a penalty which Martins converted. Let's hope for more of the same after the break. Be sure to stay tuned!
There is the half-time whistle!
Paredes puts a cross in from the right but Valencia's first touch is poor and the ball loops up off his foot. He can only help it on behind him with a header and the subsequent shot flies over the top.

Yellow card M. Hurtado

Yellow card Miguel Angel Hurtado Suarez
Hurtado is shown a yellow card after getting too physical with Montero out on the far side. Ecuador clip the set-piece into the middle but once again it is repelled by Soria's side.
Martínez produces a decent pass to set Bolaños away down the right but his cross is absolutely dreadful, looping high towards the back post for Zenteno to put behind. The set-piece is not capitalised upon, either, as La Tri continue to frustrate in the final third.

Pen goal M. Moreno

GOOOOOAAAL!! MARTINS CONVERTS! The striker gets his first goal at Copa América 2015, slotting beyond Domínguez from 12 yards out! What a first half this has been for Bolivia!

Yellow card F. Erazo

Yellow card Frickson Rafael Erazo Vivero
PENALTY TO BOLIVIA! There's a spot-kick at the other end now as Erazo is penalised for a high foot on Lizio inside the box! A chance for El Verde to go three up!
There's a break in play now as Romel Quiñónez has stayed down after keeping out that penalty. He receives some treatment from the medical staff and Soria will be hopeful that he can continue as he's having a brilliant outing.

Yellow card P. Quiñónez

Yellow card Pedro Ángel Quiñónez Rodríguez

Pen save R. Quiñónez

Penalty Save Romel Javier Quiñónez Suárez

Pen miss E. Valencia

Penalty Miss Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra
SAVED!! UNBELIEVABLE! Valencia decides to send his penalty the other way at the second attempt and Romel Quiñónez guesses right, diving down low and keeping it out of the bottom corner!
GOAL! No, he's got to take it again! It seems that the referee has pulled it back for encroachment by Pedro Quiñónez, who receives a booking.

Yellow card Edward Zenteno

Yellow card Edward Mauro Zenteno Álvarez
PENALTY TO ECUADOR! Valencia looks to get on the end of a cross from the left but is tugged back by Zenteno and the referee points to the spot! He put an arm across the striker, but he did go to ground easily.
La Tri will surely want to halve the deficit before going into half time. If they don't then there's sure to be extremely strong words from Quinteros in their dressing room!
TWO CHANCES FOR ECUADOR! They will be wondering how they're still two goals behind! First, Martínez sees his shot from Paredes' cutback blocked. The rebound is worked back into the box for Noboa, but once again he is denied by Romel Quiñónez!
Noboa punts a long ball in behind the Bolivia defence and Valencia chases it. The swing on the delivery takes it towards Raldes, but he cannot get his clearance far enough away to deny the West Ham striker a shot at goal. However, he has to stretch for it and is unable to generate enough power to worry the keeper.
Smedberg manages to get on the end of a long kick from Romel Quiñónez which was flicked on by a team-mate, but he lacks the strength to hold off Paredes who shepherds him out of play.
That's a bit better from Martínez as he sweeps the ball out to the right for Bolaños. It's a little too far ahead of the striker, though, so he is forced further wide and has to hold up the play to allow support to catch up with him. He combines with Paredes to get a cross into the middle but, again, it comes to nothing for Quinteros' side.
Another disappointing effort from Martínez as his strike from the top of the box is angled high up into the air. The wind keeps it in play, though, so Romel Quiñónez has to come from his line and bat it away under pressure. Montero sticks the ball back into the centre but La Tri are unable to do anything with it.
Ecuador have actually seen a fairly decent amount of possession in this opening period, and a lot of it has come in Bolivia's final third. They're yet to test Romel Quiñónez, though. Quinteros will not be happy.
CHANCE! Noboa slips a lovely pass into the box for Bolaños and the striker manages to take it around Romel Quiñónez. His touch takes him too far wide to try the shot, though, so he turns and offloads to Montero. The winger attempts to send the ball into the middle for Martínez but the keeper dives in the way and makes an important interception.
Some dreadful defending has seen Quinteros' men ship two goals inside the opening 20 minutes. Could this be the time for Bolivia to pick up their first Copa América win in almost 20 years?!

Goal M. Smedberg-Dalence

GOOOOAAAL!! A SECOND FOR BOLIVIA! Ayoví gives away possession just outside his own box and Martins seizes it. He rolls a pass back to Smedberg in a central position 25 yards out, and he bends a brilliant finish past Domínguez and into the goal! What a start for Soria's men!

Assist M. Moreno

Assist Marcelo Martins Moreno
That was a bit naughty! Valencia chases a long ball over the top, getting away from Raldes. However, the bounce takes it away from him and Romel Quiñónez takes it in his arms. Still, the Ecuadorian flings our a leg and lightly catches the keeper who goes down writhing in agony. Just a free kick awarded by the referee, though.
VALENCIA! The striker really ought to have tested Romel Quiñónez there, but after cutting inside onto his left foot he hesitated before pulling the trigger. Those few seconds proved costly as the white shirts swarmed upon him and made the block at the top of the box.
The past seven Copa América meetings between these two sides have been evenly balanced: both nations have picked up one win each with the other five encounters ending as draws.
Bolaños is already looking livelier than he did at any point against Chile. He looks to open up his stride down the right wing and attack the defence but he is felled by Chumacero.
Some nice link-up play at the top of the box from La Tri, with Noboa finding Bolaños whose deflected pass sits up for Martínez. He goes for goal on the volley but is leaning back and ends up smashing his effort high over the top without worrying Romel Quiñónez.
Raldes shows his quality at the other end of the pitch now, shepherding Montero out of play and earning his side a goal kick. The Swansea man gave Mauricio Isla a torrid time on the opening night so Bolivia will need to be wary of him.
Ecuador are awarded a free kick near the centre-circle and Quiñónez hits it long into the box. He fails to find a team-mate but El Verde are unable to clear properly. A cross from the right is then sent in but Achilier heads over from the back post.

Goal R. Raldes

GOOOOOOOAAAAAL!! BOLIVIA LEAD! Smedberg's corner lands on the head of Raldes, left completely unmarked by Martínez, and he gets low to angle it beyond Domínguez and into the net!

Assist M. Smedberg-Dalence

Assist Martin Smedberg-Dalence
Martins helps the ball down the left for Smedberg, but he's faced up by Ayoví so he lays it back to Zenteno. The defender attempts to clip a cross into the box but it's blocked and rolls behind for a corner.
CLOSE! Bolivia almost take an early lead as Smedberg tries his luck from almost 35 yards out, direct from a free kick. He swings it around the wall, bouncing it just ahead of Domínguez who manages to parry it around the post! That looked destined to sneak in.
We are underway!
These two sides haven't had the best of luck in the Copa América in recent years. Bolivia have not tasted victory in the continental tournament since finishing as runners-up in 1997, while Ecuador have gone 10 fixtures without a win! Will something give tonight? The national anthems are almost done and we should be underway in a windy Valparaíso in just a few moments!
Just one change from Gustavo Quinteros to his La Tri side, then, as Osbaldo Lastra is replaced in midfield by Pedro Quiñónez. For El Verde there is also one change, as Jhasmani Campos misses out after taking a knock. His replacement is Argentina-born Damián Lizio.
Bolivia (4-2-3-1): R. Quiñónez; Hurtado, Raldez, Zenteno, Morales; Chumacero, D. Bejarano; Pedriel, Lizio, Smedberg; Martins.
Ecudaor (4-4-2): Dominguez; Paredes, Achilier, Erazo, Ayoví; Martínez, Noboa, P. Quiñónez, Montero; Valencia, Bolaños.
Let's take a look at how the two sides will be lining up tonight, then.
Chile currently top Group A, but a win for Bolivia here would send them above La Roja, though they take on Mexico later this evening. Having suffered defeat in their opener, Ecuador really cannot afford another loss.
Hello and welcome to tonight's LIVE coverage of the Copa América 2015 Group A meeting between Ecuador and Bolivia in Valparaíso! This is a must-win game for both sides, as neither could win their opening fixture. Defeat today will severely damage any hopes of progression. My name is Tom Webber, and I will be guiding you through all the action as it happens!

Bolivia hold on to beat Ecuador and boost their qualification hopes

La Verde secure famous victory despite nearly throwing away a 3-0 half-time lead

Bolivia secured their first Copa América victory since 1997, holding off a second-half fightback from Ecuador to triumph 3-2 in Valparaíso.

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La Verde made the perfect start when Ronald Raldes was left unmarked to head home a corner from the right in the fifth minute.

Martin Smedberg-Dalance, who had provided the set piece for the opener, then added a second for Bolivia, curling a shot beyond goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia saw a twice-taken penalty saved by Romel Quiñónez before Marcelo Moreno made no mistake with a spot kick at the other end of the field, putting his side into a stunning 3-0 lead at the break.

Valencia gave Ecuador a glimmer of hope when he slotted home early in the second half, and a stunning long-range effort from Miller Bolaños set up a frantic finish.

However, despite La Tri piling on the pressure in the closing stages, Bolivia stood firm to record just their third win over their opponents in the last 29 meetings.

Captain Raldes gave Bolivia the perfect start, burying a stooping header from Smedberg-Dalance's corner in the fifth minute.

The former Sweden Under-19 representative then turned from provider to scorer, curling an effort past Domínguez from outside the penalty area - after receiving a lay-off pass from Moreno.

Ecuador dominated possession as Bolivia sat on their lead, and it looked to have mounted towards something when referee Joel Aguilar pointed to the spot late in the first half.

Valencia - who had been fouled by Edward Zenteno - wasted a glorious chance to make it 2-1 from the spot.

He buried his first attempt, only for it to be recalled for an encroachment. Switching directions second time around, he watched on as Quiñónez guessed right.

Frickson Erazo’s careless high foot on Damian Lizio gifted Bolivia a penalty of their own, and Moreno made no mistake.
Ecuador desperately sought a way back into the contest early in the second half.

They were rewarded with Valencia on hand to tap home into an unguarded net, after Jefferson Montero cut back a pass for him having drawn the goalkeeper off his line.

When Bolanos' dipping strike from distance snuck in under Quiñónez's crossbar to make it 3-2, nerves began to jangle.

Christian Noboa almost scored an equaliser, striking the crossbar with a rasping drive, but Bolivia held on. The win moves them on to four points in Group A.

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