Ecuador and Bolivia will resume their campaign in the 2015 Copa America as they are set to collide on Monday at the Estadio Elias Figueroa in Valparaiso, Chile. Two sides with underwhelming recent Copa America records face each other, as Bolivia look to pick up a rare win against Ecuador. Though, Ecuador - unbeaten in 10 matches against Bolivia - does not have a point to their name heading into the clash at Estadio Elias Figueroa after the loss in Santiago.
15th June 2015 21:00
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Stadium: Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander (Valparaíso)
Ecuador vs Bolivia Preview:
The Copa America and Ecuador just do not go well together. Having failed to progress beyond the group stage since 1997, the year they recorded their best-ever finish at the competition by reaching the last eight, it has been many years of pain for La Tricolor. At the same time, Bolivia has not won a game since 1997, which came on home soil when they hosted the competition.
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However, after a 0-0 stalemate against Mexico, Soria is hoping they will be taken seriously. ``We're happy with the work we have done,'' Soria told a media conference. ``Hopefully this match might be the result that gets us the respect we deserve”. Gustavo Quinteros' men did not look too uncomfortable but defensive lapses cost them. ``It was a game that helped us draw a lot of conclusions and will help us grow as a team during the tournament,'' Quinteros said.
Ecuador coach Gustavo Quinteros is still optimistic, though, that they can bounce back after learning from their mistakes during their 2-0 loss to Chile. On the other hand, Bolivia will look to sustain their momentum after their confidence-boosting performance in their tournament opener.
Ecuador vs Bolivia Team News:
Ecuador named Paredes, Valencia and Montero - in Friday's starting lineup against Chile, with each likely to be given the nod once again against Bolivia. Renato Ibarra could be welcomed back into the fold in place of Osbaldo Lastra, whom he replaced in that 2-0 reverse, but otherwise Quinteros is likely to name an unchanged side. For Bolivia, Soria may opt to keep things the same following on from their opening-game point against Mexico.
Ecuador possible starting lineup:
Dominguez, Paredes, Achillier, Erazo, Ayovi, Noboa, Ibarra, Martinez, Bolanos, Montero, Valencia
Bolivia possible starting lineup:
Quinonez, Hurtado, Raldes, Zenteno, Morales, Bejarano, Chumacero, Smedberg, Campos, Moreno, Pedriel