FIFA.com takes a closer look La Tricolor's route to Brazil 2014, which will be the country’s third participation at a FIFA World Cup.
Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda dedicated his team's Brazil 2014 qualification to Christian Benitez who passed away in July.
After the death of his father and star player Cristian Benitez in the space of four days in July, Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda is drawing on reserves of strength to steer La Tricolor to their third FIFA World Cup.
Thousands payed their respect to Christian Benitez in a statesman-like farewell in Quito after an autopsy confirmed he had died of heart failure in Qatar.
Ecuador striker Cristian Benitez has passed away due to a cardiorespiratory arrest in Qatar. A key player for his national team, the loss of the 27-year-old has caused deep sadness across the footballing community.
It was honours even between Argentina and Bolivia in La Paz, while wins elsewhere for Ecuador, Chile and Venezuela boosted this trio's hopes of making it to Brazil 2014. FIFA.com reflects on the South American action.