Brazil failed to win for the first time in 11 games but still qualified top in Group B for the quarter-finals of the Copa America after drawing 1-1 with Ecuador in Goiania on Sunday.
Angel Mena’s rifled volley ensure that spoils are shared between Brazil and Ecuador – and that both sides head through to the quarter-finals of the 2021 Copa America.
La Tri book their slot after they were able to cancel out Eder Militao’s headed opener, edging Venezuela for fourth in Group B – but it is the Selecao who go through as North Zone table-toppers all the same.
For the first time since they met in this very competition five years ago, Ecuador have taken points off Brazil – and they will be absolutely delighted.
Tite shakes hands with Gustavo Alfaro; the Selecao boss looks like he has been left to simmer for a while.
His side should have possibly pushed harder to retake the lead today – but credit where it is due, their opponents, slapdash and rocked by injury early on, rallied superbly to ensure that there would be no early exit.
Nevertheless, neither side made many clear-cut chances and as a draw suited both teams the game petered out slightly.
With Peru defeating Venezuela 1-0 in the other Group B game, Peru joined Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador in the quarter-finals as Venezuela exited.
The Venezuelans were hard hit in the early stages of the tournament when at least eight players tested positive for COVID-19 and had to self-isolate.
As fourth-place finishers in Group B, Ecuador will remain in Goiania for their quarter-final clash with the winners of the South Zone in Group A – most likely Argentina, given they face winless Bolivia next.
Brazil however will take on whoever finishes fourth there too, in reverse hierarchy – with their clash set to play out at Estadio Olímpico Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro.