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Result – Ecuador 3-1 Jamaica
Coming up next: Mexico vs Venezuela

Group B’s second match of the night kicks off at the top of the hour as Mexico and Venezuela face off at SoFi Stadium in California.

As mentioned earlier, a win or draw for Venezuela will eliminate Jamaica from knockout-stage contention.

Match stats

Opta

Ecuador 3-1 Jamaica

Expected goals: 2.34 – 0.79

Shots: 23 – 7

Shots on goal: 3 – 4

Saves: 2 – 1

Chances created: 15 – 4

Possession: 45% – 55%

Corners: 7 – 8

Offsides: 2 – 0

Fouls: 8 – 18

Yellow cards: 0 – 0

Jamaica still searching for first Copa America point

Jamaica have now played eight matches at Copa America all-time, suffering eight defeats.

They did score their first-ever goal today, but that pales in comparison to the 13 total goals they have conceded.

Ecuador are up and running

Enjoyable game, that. I don’t think Ecuador have quite clicked in the way they will want to — Kendry Paez was relatively quiet and the full backs fell back after the interval especially — but they can think about that in the next game. For now, they are up and running, which is exactly what was needed after the defeat to Venezuela.

Jamaica put up a good fight and will feel they should have had a penalty, but they will remain bottom of the group tonight.

FT: Ecuador 3-1 Jamaica

Jamaica got their first-ever goal at Copa America but the wait goes on for their first-ever point. They need Mexico to beat Venezuela in tonight’s second game, otherwise they’ll be eliminated from contention for the knockout stage.

Ecuador get a statement win after their disappointing loss against Venezuela in their opening match. Their group-stage finale against Mexico on Sunday will be a big one!

Fantastic goal by Minda

90+4′ Ecuador 3-1 Jamaica

Incredible goal. Minda’s little touch past his man, the pace to motor clear, the finish… I actually thought he might have passed at the end — he had two teammates with him — but you can’t argue when the guy buries it in the bottom corner.

Finally, Ecuador can relax.

GOAL: Ecuador score to seal win!

90+2′ Ecuador 3-1 Jamaica

Ecuador clear the corner and break the other way. Minda carries the ball the length of the pitch before slotting it past an onrushing Waite into the back of the net!

SIX minutes added on

90+1′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Six minutes for Jamaica to rescue something from this match.

Pinnock sends a long throw into Ecuador’s box and their defense is forced to concede a corner…

Paez’s day is done

88′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Ecuador make two subs as well as Carlos Gruezo and Jordy Caicedo come on for penalty-scorer Kendry Páez and Kevin Rodríguez.

Double change for Jamaica

83′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Jamaica make another double switch, bringing Kaheim Dixon and Karoy Anderson on for Shamar Nicholson and Joel Latibeaudiere.

Latibeaudiere booked

80′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Latibeaudiere commits a poor foul on Caicedo and becomes the third Jamaica player to be a shown a yellow card in this match.

Hard to understand that decision

80′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Well, Ecuador have got away with one there.

The referee awarded a penalty to Ecuador in the first half for a hand ball at point-blank range, and has now decided not to give one to Jamaica for a… hand ball at point-blank range. Quite a baffling decision really, not helped by the fact that the referee’s microphone did not work while he explained his decision.

Decision-making struggling under stress

79′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Ecuador clearly have a lot of technical players but their decision-making in the final third has been poor. Case in point: Moises Caicedo simply had to roll the ball to Kevin Rodriguez there, but instead went the other way and Jamaica were able to scramble clear. Pressure: it does funny things to even very good players.

Ecuador fortunate to avoid penalty

78′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Huge surge of noise from the stands after that VAR consultation. The feeling, clearly, is that that was a lucky escape.

With 14 minutes remaining, Ecuador would do well to push on in search of a third goal, because any semblance of defensive solidity has disappeared since the interval.

No penalty for Jamaica after VAR review!

76′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

The referee spent a good amount of time reviewing the play on the monitor but has opted not to award Jamaica a handball!

Replays showed the ball struck Franco’s face around the same time it struck his arm, that’s likely what kept the play from being clear enough to give a penalty.

VAR calls referee to the monitor

74′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Jamaica may have a route to an equalizer here!

VAR checking for penalty

74′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Replays show the ball hit Franco’s face and his arm, which wasn’t in a natural position.

VAR is reviewing the play.

Jamaica appeal for penalty!

72′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

Jamaica are vehemently appealing for a penalty for handball in Ecuador’s box!

Franco has a worried look on his face, knowing he may be in trouble here.

Ecuador are exhausted

70′ Ecuador 2-1 Jamaica

A couple of the Ecuador players look shattered. After that Jamaica attack, right back Angelo Preciado just stood there, hands on knees, panting. I wonder whether playing for so long with 10 men against Venezuela in their first match has taken it out of them a touch. Either way, Jamaica will hope to capitalise…CONTINUE READING>>

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