Brazil held by Ecuador, Peru sole winners in Copa America

Sun Jun 5, 2016 1:11am EDT
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(Reuters) - Eight times champions Brazil were held 0-0 by Ecuador in the glamor game as the second day of the centenary Copa America tournament mustered up only one, albeit spectacular, goal from three matches on Saturday.

Paolo Guerrero's diving header helped put Peru in the driving seat in Group B with a 1-0 win over Haiti in Seattle after Costa Rica and Paraguay had also played out a goalless draw in Group A in Orlando.

Neither Brazil nor Ecuador were able to dominate the match in Pasadena and it was the Andean side who might consider themselves unlucky not to have snatched all three points after having a goal chalked off 20 minutes into the second half.

Miller Bolanos crossed the ball from the byline and Brazil keeper Alisson dragged it into his own net but the linesman ruled the ball had already gone out of play.

Brazil had more chances at the Rose Bowl stadium where they won the 1994 World Cup with Esteban Dreer saving well from Philippe Coutinho in the third minute and substitute Lucas Moura almost grabbing a winner with just seven minutes left only to see his header whizz agonizingly wide.

Brazilian midfielder Renato Augusto lamented the result but praised Ecuador, who lived up to their reputation as one of the continent's fastest sides with plenty of running and counter attacks.

"Ecuador played very well tactically," he said. "They neutralized our strong points, they are a good team. The important thing now is to win the next two games and go through to the next round on a high."

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Brazil defender Marquinhos (13) heads the ball away from the goal against Ecuador during the second half during the group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports