‘VAR’ dominates as Brazil survived by a draw against Ecuador
Published: 01:08 PM, 28 January 2022
There was no shortage of events throughout Brazil’s World Cup qualifier match against Ecuador. Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker was shown a red card, but it was canceled by the decision of VAR. However, two footballers of the two teams have seen red cards. The entire match was full of fouls and a change of decision in ‘VAR’ was dominated.
The World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Ecuador was drawn 1-1 on Friday morning Bangladesh time. Brazil’s Casimiro put Selecao ahead with a goal in just 6 minutes of the match. Later in the 75th minute of the match, Ecuador’s Felix Torres equalized.
Brazil’s biggest star Neymar was not in this match due to injury. In his place, Selecao took to the field with Philippe Coutinho, who recently moved to Aston Villa from Barcelona.
The footballers of the two teams committed a total of “32 fouls” while playing at an altitude of about 2,850-meters above sea level. In the first minute of the match, Brazil’s Emerson saw a yellow card for fouling Moisés Caicedo. However, its’ impact was in force throughout the match.
Casimiro put Brazil ahead with a goal in the 6th minute of the match. Matheus Cunha headed in the ball of Philippe Coutinho. Ecuador goalkeeper somehow saved it. After receiving the ball, Casimiro scored from a shot taken to the goal bar with the right foot.
Emerson fouled another in the 20th minute of the match, as a result, he had to leave the field after seeing the second yellow card. That could be a blessing for Ecuador, however, they also received a red card five minutes before that.
Brazil’s Cunha overcame the challenge of the two players of the opponent and went ahead. Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez left the post to clear the ball, but Cunha hit Dominguez’s neck in the D-box. The referee showed him a red card with the help of VAR.
Brazil was in even greater danger in the 26th minute. They became a team of 9 people. Alisson Becker took a shot out of the D-box to prevent the opponent’s counter-attack. But after a while, his feet hit the head of Valencia and the referee showed him a red card. But, VAR changed that decision.
The two teams did not see any more goals in the first half. A few attacks were made though. The referee added 10 minutes at the end of the first half. Ecuador made some pretty good attacks in the second half, though a bit messy in the first half.
They saw a goal in the 75th minute. Felix Torres scored the goal with a header by the corner of Gonzalo Plata.
Towards the end of the match, no one else got a significant chance. However, the drama did not end, the referee added extra 12 minutes in the additional time.
At the added time, the Brazilian goalkeeper went to clear the ball and hit the opponent’s midfielder Preciado’s face. The referee then showed him a red card, giving Ecuador a penalty. But both decisions changed later.
Brazil is at top of the South American World Cup standings with 11 wins from 14 matches and 36 points from three draws. Ecuador is in three with seven wins in 15 matches and 24 points in three draws.