An Ecuador team fighting to keep their Copa America hopes alive survived to hold a previously perfect Brazil playing without a resting Neymar to a 1-1 draw and reach the quarter-finals.

Ecuador shows real heart and commitment to battle back and comes behind against unbeaten Brazil to secure qualification from Group B at the CONMEBOL Copa América 2021.

Brazil playing without a resting Neymar  to a 1-1 draw Sunday and reach the quarter-finals.

With this result, as well as Peru’s win against Venezuela, Ecuador finishes in fourth place to qualify with three draws and a loss.

Brazil had won every game before tonight’s draw and comfortably progress in the first place. Peru moves up into second and Colombia drop down to third without playing on the final day.

A free kick in the 37th minute set up Eder Militao, who headed the ball at a sharp angle into the top right corner of the net, well clear of Ecuador keeper Hernan Galindez’s outstretched arm.

But facing the spectre of an early exit, Ecuador came out fighting in the second half. They got the equaliser in the 53rd minute, as Brazil tried to clear a corner kick.

We played a good first half where we managed to impose our style of play. The first half was much better than the second,” said Brazil defender Marquinhos.

“Now we’re in the decisive part, the knock-out stage, so we have to work on playing our best football for the full match.”

Peru meanwhile finished the group stage on a high note after a spectacular turnaround. The Incas opened the tournament with a 4-0 thrashing by Brazil.

But they went on to defeat Colombia, then battle back from 2-0 down against Ecuador Wednesday to secure a draw.

They added three more points Sunday thanks to Andre Carrillo, who capitalised on Venezuela’s clumsy failure to clear a corner in the 48th minute in Brasilia.

“Peru shouldn’t give up what we’ve been working on. I think we’ve shown our ability to fight back throughout Copa America,” said Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca.

Brazil finished the group stage as heavy favourites with 10 points from four matches — three points clear of runners-up Peru in Group B.

Colombia finished third with four points and Ecuador fourth with three.

Venezuela joined Group A side Bolivia as the two teams eliminated from the group stage.

Group A have one more round of matches Monday when Uruguay play Paraguay and Bolivia face Argentina.

With the final eight already decided, the real stakes will be deciding whether Chile or Uruguay face defending champions Brazil in the quarter-finals.

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