Brazil has dominated the Copa America 2021 thus far, but they weren’t at their best against Ecuador on Sunday.
Tite decided to rest some of his usual players because they had already secured a spot in the knockout phase before this encounter. Thiago Silva, Neymar, Alex Sandro, Fred, and Gabriel Jesus were all left out of the starting lineup for Brazil’s match against Ecuador.
It wasn’t popular, but it was necessary in order to keep the team fresh for their next mission. Ecuador, on the other hand, named a full-strength squad, which was reflected in the game’s outcome.
Gustavo Alfaro’s team held their own against the defending champions, with Angel Mena’s second-half goal canceling out Eder Militao’s early opener to earn a 1-1 draw for Ecuador.