France Top Group, 10-man Ecuador Out After Draw | Reuters

September 2, 2014

Ecuador A relaxed-looking France team had the better of the early exchanges, but it was not until the 38th minute that they truly threatened when Ecuador keeper Alexander Dominguez tipped over a powerful header from Paul Pogba. Ecuador's only first half opportunity came when Michael Arroyo burst down the left flank and Enner Valencia met his cross with a downward header which was blocked by the feet of France keeper Hugo Lloris. France almost broke the deadlock shortly after the interval official site when Bacary Sagna crossed from the right and Antoine Griezmanns volley bounced off Dominguez on to the post. Ecuador's hopes suffered a major blow, though, moments later when Antonio Valencia was sent off for a challenge on Lucas Digne which left the France left back needing treatment. However, the decision brought Ecuador to life and they should have had the lead when Cristian Noboa was put through other by Enner Valencia but lost their website his balance and screwed a shot wide. Pogba missed a great chance for France in the 73rd minute when, unmarked at the back post, he headed wide.

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