Playing without Antonio Valencia, and facing a desperate Brazil squad, Ecuador didn't stand much of a chance against Brazil, in a 4-2 loss in Cordoba.
Still, Ecuador deserves credit for making Brazil sweat when they tied the score, 2-2, in the 58th minute. Brazil came storming back, but the concession of two goals by Brazil, and the fact that Ecuador was still in the game at that point must cause concern head coach Mano Menezes, who went into the match on the hot seat.
Alexandre Pato and Neymar, two forwards with a heap of pressure on them to perform, played their best match of the tournament, in scoring two goals each. None of the goals were all that pretty, but it was certainily better than their outputs against Paraguay and Venezuela.
Once again, Robinho seemed to lack the effort and creativity that the club sorely needed going into the match with Ecuador. Robinho, who reportedly fell out of favor with Menezes, might be benched for Fred in future matches.
Take a look at the highlights from the Brazil-Ecuador match on Wednesday night.