Group B Round 2 Recap: Brazil Dominates, Ecuador Comeback

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Jack Hazzard

Brazil won 7-1?

That doesn’t seem right.

Brazil looked to show the world why they are regarded as one of the best soccer countries in the world against Caribbean side Haiti. Humorously enough, the 7-1 scoreline was in Brazil’s favor this time, bringing back dreadful memories of their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

In the other Group B match, Ecuador took on Peru in Arizona as both sides fought to gain a spot into the knockout stage. Peru looked to be in control early, but an amazing comeback from Ecuador saw the two sides draw 2-2.

BRAZIL DISPLAY DOMINANT PERFORMANCE AGAINST HAITI

Following a boring 0-0 draw against Ecuador in their opening match, Brazil decided to put on an epic performance against CONCACAF minnow, Haiti.

The first-half was completely dominated by the Brazilian side as they hammered in three classy goals. The scoring started in the 14′ minute when Liverpool FC star Phillipe Coutinho received the ball at midfield and dribbled to the top of Haiti’s box, shooting a terrific upper corner strike past Johnny Placide. The 23-year-old went on to add his second goal in the 28′ minute when Dani Alves sent in a well-placed cross to Benfica’s Jonas, who set up an easy tap-in for Coutinho. Alves went on to provide another chance in the 34′ minute as he chipped a ball over the defence, finding a wide open Renato Augusto, who placed a delicate header to the side of Placide.

The second-half showed much of the same as Brazil continued to dominate the game. Upon the start of the second-half, 19-year-old Brazilian sensation Gabriel came on to replace Jonas. It wouldn’t take long for the Santos striker to grab his second-ever national team goal when he scored a slick goal in the 59′ minute. At 4-0, Brazil had yet to let up, applying more and more pressure. In the 67′ minute, substitute Lucas Lima  was able to knock in an additional goal for his South American side.

Haiti was able to score a consolation goal in the 70′ minute as James Marcelin cleaned up a parried shot by Brazil’s Allison. However, the mood was shifted again as Augusto grabbed his second in the 86′ following a defensive mistake by Haiti. Furthermore, Coutinho was able to complete his hat-trick in the final dying embers of the match in the 92′ minute.

Brazil took complete control of the match and the 7-1 scoreline confirmed that. The South American side showed smart skill and precision passing, playing through balls continuously to start powerful fast breaks. Although Haiti put in a valiant effort, it wasn’t enough as they will be eliminated from advancing to the knockout stage.

HARD FOUGHT COME BACK FOR ECUADOR

A quick start from Peru saw Los Incas score an early goal from midfielder Christian Cueva in the ninth minute. Only four minutes following Cueva’s goal, the 24-year-old set up midfielder partner Edison Flores, who turned and shot a fast strike low on the ground past Ecuador’s Dominguez. Although the win seemed wrapped up for Peru, the life of Ecuador ignited after the second goal. Premier League stars Jefferson Montero and Enner Valencia began to step up and complete quick one-twos. Eventually in the 39′ minute, a lob over the top of Peru’s defense saw Valencia control the pass calmly and finish it in the back of the net right before half.

The second-half brought more excitement as Ecuador scored just three minutes into the second half when Swansea’s Montero set up Bolanos beautifully for a simple tap in the 48′ minute. The remaining 42 minutes were thrilling and exciting, but neither side could find a game winner. Ecuador’s comeback could be seen as one of the tournament’s greatest stories, making this gane arguably the best 2016 Copa America match so far.

WHAT’s NEXT?

  • June 12: Ecuador vs. Haiti (6:30 ET; FOX/UniMás/UDN )
  • June 12: Brazil vs. Peru (8:30 ET; FOX/UniMás/UDN)