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Ecuador secures place in Copa America 2024 Quarterfinals after stalemate with Mexico

Ecuador Advances to Copa America Quarterfinals After Controversial VAR Decision; Mexico Crashes Out

Ecuador Secures Spot in Copa America Quarterfinals After Controversial VAR Decision

In a dramatic turn of events, Ecuador managed to secure a spot in the Copa America quarterfinals after a controversial VAR decision saved them from conceding a penalty shot in stoppage time against Mexico. The 0-0 draw at State Farm Stadium was enough for Ecuador to finish second in Group B and set up a clash with Group A winner Argentina in the quarterfinals.

The game took a dramatic turn when referee Mario Alberto Escobar Toca initially awarded a penalty kick to Mexico after Ecuador’s Félix Torres brought down Guillermo Martínez in the penalty box. However, VAR overturned the decision and Mexico was instead awarded a corner kick, much to the dismay of the Mexican fans in the stadium.

Despite Mexico’s second-half push, Ecuador managed to hold on to secure the crucial point they needed to progress to the next round. Mexico, on the other hand, failed to advance to the knockout stages for the fourth time in their last five Copa America appearances, putting coach Jaime Lozano’s job in jeopardy.

The result adds to Mexico’s recent struggles, having been eliminated in the first round of the World Cup and losing to the United States in the CONCACAF Nations League final. With their future hanging in the balance, Mexico needed a win to advance but fell short against Venezuela and could not break through against Ecuador.

Ecuador’s solid defensive display, coupled with Mexico’s inefficiency in front of goal, proved to be the difference as they booked their spot in the quarterfinals. The stage is now set for an exciting clash between Ecuador and Argentina, with both teams eager to secure a place in the semifinals of the tournament.

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