Copa America: Brazil held by Ecuador for a goalless draw
Brazil, had a disappointing start at the Copa America 2016, with Ecuador holding them for a goalless draw
Brazil was held to a goalless draw in the Copa America in the Group E opener by Ecuador.
Brazil, the eight time champions had some great moments to score but luck was not with them .
The match started in an exciting way with a flurry of chances at both end.
Brazil were without several first choice players, most notably their Neymar, and it seemed that they missed him in this match very much.
Brazil began to take control halfway through the first half as the pace inevitably dropped, with Coutinho and Felipe Luis getting plenty of room down the left and Willian's pace forcing the aging Walter Ayovi to drop increasingly deeper.
looking aggressively on counter Ecuador by tempting Brazil's Casemiro and Elias into yellow card fouls
Their best chance before half time came via a 25-yard free-kick from West Ham forward Enner Valencia, which was comfortably deflected out of the air by Brazil keeper Alisson.
Ecuador has a woeful Copa America record of ten defeats and just one win in the last four editions.
Ecuador started the second half smartly , with Valencia holding the ball up well and Swansea winger Jefferson Montero looking dangerous.
Ecuador, who entered the tournament tied with Uruguay at the top of CONMEBOL's World Cup Qualifying table, face Peru in Arizona in their next outing.