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Thanks for joining us from Rio de Janeiro, where France had a difficult time breaking down a stern Ecuador defence, including Man of the Match Alexander Dominguez in goal. La Tri failed to create any clear-cut opportunities of their own though, and they head home. There are just two more Round of 16 ties to be confirmed after France and Switzerland took their place in the knockout phases. France will face Nigeria in Brasilia on Monday before Argentina take on Switzerland in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. Join us in the daily tournament blog for all the reaction to today's Group F and E finales. From the Maracana, Boa Noite!
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FULL TIME: France top the group with this point and, thanks to Switzerland's emphatic victory in Manaus, Ecuador head out to become the first South Americans to fail to progress to the knockout phase of Brazil 2014. France had a remarkable 20 shots at goal, but found Dominguez in decent form. Ecuador played most of the second half with ten men, after their captain Antonio Valencia saw red for a challenge on Lucas Digne, but in fairness, they created few clear-cut opportunities.
Sagna whips in a lovely ball from the French right, but Giroud can only direct his header straight at Dominguez.
The Ecuador No6 completed 21 passes, and recovered the ball five times during his time on the pitch.
Pogba brings the ball down superbly and begins a monstrous run at the Ecuador defence. Nobody can take the ball from the Juve midfielder as he closes down on the Ecuador penalty area. After a lovely piece of skill, he hits a powerful effort towards goal, but it's just wide of Dominguez's left-hand post.
Benzema sets Remy free down the French right and the QPR forward cuts in onto his left foot and curls one towards goal. Guagua deflects and Dominguez dives to save superbly.
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With Ecuador throwing bodies forward, France have the chance to catch them on the break. Giroud picks out Benzema inside the Ecuador penalty area and the Real Madrid man hits towards goal, but he's denied once again by Dominguez.
The formation change has an instant impact as Ecuador make progress down their right-hand side. Ibarra hits it, Lloris saves and Noboa sees his shot blocked. Ecuador are going for it now!
That's the last action of Arroyo's game, as he goes off for central defender Achilier. Ecuador move to three centre-backs, with two wing backs flying forwards in an attempt to get three points.
Arroyo, who's looked livelier as the game has drawn on, breaks into the French penalty area. He's closed down by Koscielny and fires at goal, but he slices his effort well wide.
The France No11 is withdrawn, having run 9.2km and reached a top speed of 26.8km/h during his time on the pitch.
Benzema picks the ball up midway inside the Ecuador half. He drives towards goal and winds up a shot, but it's tame and Dominguez saves with ease.
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The corner is taken short to Sissoko who chips a delicous ball to the back post from the French right. Pogba is completely unmarked, but plants his header just past Dominguez's left-hand post.
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It gets worse for Ecuador, Switzerland go further ahead and La Tri would have to win by two in Rio to progress.
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Digne upends Ibarra, and Arroyo hits it towards goal from distance. It's always rising and never troubling Lloris.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who covered almost 8km in his 67 minutes on the pitch, is replaced by Giroud.
Benzema takes a touch out of his feet on the edge of the Ecuador penalty area and hits a low drive towards goal. It's deflected behind for a corner.
The PSV Eindhoven man comes on to replace Montero, who covered 6.6km in his hour on the pitch.
The Newcastle United man hits a wild effort, which is skewed wide of the goal.
Matuidi exchanges passes with Benzema and gets a sight of goal. He hits a clipped shot, but Dominguez pats the ball down and collects.
A worrying sight for French fans as Sakho hobbles off, as in the previous game against Switzerland. He's replaced by Varane, who has been suffering from a stomach complaint.
The French No10, with three goals so far at these finals, smashes one from distance, but it rises over the bar.
GREAT BLOCK! Benzema tries to turn in the Ecuador box and gets a shot away with his left foot which is cut out by Guagua. The Real Madrid man gets a second bite of the cherry, but tees up Pogba. Noboa flies across to block, showing incredible commitment.
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Antonio Valencia is the first Ecuadorian to receive a World Cup red card, and the eighth player at Brazil 2014 to be dismissed.
CHANCE! Ecuador break through the French midfield and find themselves with a man over. Enner Valencia plays in Noboa, but he snatches at the chance and pulls it wide of Lloris' left-hand post. That was the best chance of the game so far for the South Americans.
RED CARD! It's a straight red for the Ecuador skipper. He goes in for a challenge with Digne and the left-back comes off worse. Valencia appears to go in over the ball and the France No17 is seen to by the French medical team. Referee Noumandiez Doue dismisses the Manchester United man.
OFF THE BAR! It's a delicious ball in by Sagna from the French right and Griezmann darts in front of his markers and touches on towards goal. Dominguez saves excellently on to the woodwork and it's cleared away.
France get us underway for the second period.
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HALF TIME: It's goalless at the interval and neither side have created any particuarly clear-cut opportunities. With Switzerland winning in Manaus, Ecuador need to find goals from somewhere. They need to at least match the Swiss result to stand a chance of reaching the knockout stages.
Antonio Valencia hits a speculative effort from distance, and Sakho gets in the way before it troubles Lloris.
Benzema powers through a couple of Ecuador challenges and turns back inside onto his favoured right foot. He curls an effort at goal, but Dominguez is equal to it.
CHANCE! Arroyo receives a long cross-field ball on the Ecuador left and lifts a floated ball to the back post. Enner Valencia leaps and powers a header at goal which Lloris does well to keep out.
The corner is a little too long, and is cleared away by the Ecuador defence.
Griezmann whips in a free-kick after Digne is fouled near the corner flag on the French left. Pogba rises highest, and the back-pedalling Dominguez tips over.
Noboa, wearing fishnet headgear to keep bandages on following an earlier injury, pokes towards goal - but the French No21 is there to stop the effort.
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It gets a little worse for Ecuador: Switzerland have doubled their lead over Honduras in Manaus. If the games were to finish now, France would have 7 points (top), Switzerland 6 points (second), Ecuador 4 points (third) and Honduras 0 points (bottom).
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Sagna receives the ball on the French right after Sissoko is dispossessed. The former Arsenal man whips a lovely ball into the Ecuador area, and neither Benzema or Dominguez can get anything on it - it goes out for a throw in.
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France have now gone ten hours (and counting) without conceding a goal against South American opposition at the World Cup, since Careca scored against them for Brazil in the 1986 quarter-final.
Enner Valencia outpaces Sakho following a long ball from the Ecuador defence. The pass has just a little too much pace on it and Valencia slices his shot on the run.
Enner Valencia goes down after a coming-together with Sakho, and the No13, who's scored seven goals in his last six international games, hobbles off the pitch. He seems OK to continue, for now.
The ball is lofted into the Ecuador box and Guagua slices the ball away. It drops to Sissoko, who adjusts his body to swivel and shoot a vicious volley towards goal. Dominguez comfortably collects.
As several French players fail to get the ball under control on the edge of the Ecuador box, it breaks to Griezmann who flashes a shot at goal. It's wide of Dominguez's left-hand post.
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It's bad news for Ecuador as Switzerland take the lead in Manaus. As things stand, the Swiss would be through to the Round of 16.
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It's been a fairly quiet opening, with neither side creating anything clear-cut here in Rio yet.
Ecuador get us underway, knowing they must effectively match Switzerland's result this evening to progress. The Swiss have just kicked off almost 1800 miles away in Manaus.
France make seven changes to their starting XI after their 5-2 win over Switzerland all-but confirmed their passage to the Round of 16. Just Hugo Lloris, Mamadou Sakho, Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi remain. Ecuador make just one change from their victory over Honduras: Michael Arroyo replaces Felipe Caicedo.
22 DOMINGUEZ, 2 GUAGUA, 3 ERAZO, 4 PAREDES, 6 NOBOA, 7 MONTERO, 10 W. AYOVI, 13 E. VALENCIA, 14 MINDA, 15 ARROYO, 16 A. VALENCIA
1 LLORIS, 5 SAKHO, 10 BENZEMA, 11 GRIEZMANN, 14 MATUIDI, 15 SAGNA, 17 DIGNE, 18 SISSOKO, 19 POGBA, 21 KOSCIELNY, 22 SCHNEIDERLIN
Next up is the Marseillaise, and the iconic anthem plays out with French fans, players and coaching staff singing along in tandem.
The players are out on the pitch and as the Ecuador national anthem plays out, their players sing along passionately.
“The two pieces of advice that I would give them is to make the most of it, and to understand that experience comes from playing in tournaments like these. They’ll learn a lot, and it won’t always be easy, but this generation really does have the quality to do well and lift trophies. I hope they do it quite quickly. When you play in a World Cup, you never know if you’ll get the chance to do it again. I had the opportunity to play in four, so it probably seems a bit strange to say that, but you have to approach each one as if it’s your last."
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1 Maximo BANGUERA, 2 Jorge GUAGUA, 3 Frickson ERAZO, 4 Juan PAREDES, 5 Alex IBARRA, 6 Cristhian NOBOA, 7 Jefferson MONTERO, 10 Walter AYOVI, 16 Antonio VALENCIA, 11 Felipe CAICEDO, 13 Enner VALENCIA
1 Hugo LLORIS, 2 Mathieu DEBUCHY, 3 Patrice EVRA, 4 Raphael VARANE, 5 Mamadou SAKHO, 6 Yohan CABAYE, 8 Mathieu VALBUENA, 14 Blaise MATUIDI, 19 Paul POGBA, 9 Olivier GIROUD, 10 Karim BENZEMA
"We know what France are all about. They are in great form and we will have to play better than ever to beat them. We are brimming with self-confidence, though, and this victory is going to help us to be absolutely buzzing going into the game."
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Côte d'Ivoire's Noumandiez Doue is the referee for today's game.
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France won 2-0 in the pair’s only previous encounter, a friendly match played in 2008 in Grenoble which was decided by a brace from Bafetimbi Gomis.
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Hello and welcome to the finale of Group E. We're LIVE from Brazil as Ecuador take on France in Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana stadium. The 12th and 13th Round of 16 spots will be decided this evening, with Honduras facing Switzerland in Manaus. France need a point to guarantee they top the group, and there would have to be a significant goal difference swing for either Ecuador or Switzerland to finish above them in the case of a French defeat. Ecuador will need to match Switzerland's result, while Honduras need a win paired with an Ecuador defeat to stand a chance of qualifying for the next round. Confused? Don't worry, we'll keep it simple with the major updates from Honduras-Switzerland as well as keeping you bang up to date with a minute-by-minute commentary from Rio. Be sure to #joinin the global conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.
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#ECU LINE-UP: Dominguez, Guagua, Erazo, Paredes, Noboa, Montero, W. Ayovi, E. Valencia, Minda, Arroyo (c), A. Valencia #ECUFRA #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 25/06/2014 19:06
#FRA LINE-UP: Lloris (c), Sakho, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Sagna, Digne Sissoko, Pogba, Koscielny, Schneiderlin #ECUFRA #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 25/06/2014 19:06
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