Swiss chal­lenge awaits Ecuador

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they would not be qual­ifi ed for the World Cup.”

“But we have had a very good prepa­ra­tion so far. We do have the po­ten­tial to qual­ify for the round of the last 16. That is our goal. Then there are no lim­its. Be­ing an op­ti­mist by na­ture I say we are bet­ter than 2010 and there­fore yes we will reach the last 16.”

Ecuador will look to Man United winger An­to­nio Va­len­cia, whom coach Reinaldo Rueda ap­pointed cap­tain in the wake of his close friend Ben­itez dy­ing. How­ever, while he re­mains from the side that reached the last 16 in 2006 his ex­pe­ri­ence pales into in­signif­i­cance com­pared to that of midfi el­der Edi­son Men­dez who at 35 and with 111 caps is ap­pear­ing at his and his coun­try’s third World Cup fi nals.


Switzer­land play­ers train at the Mu­nic­i­pal Sta­dium in Porto Se­guro on Thurs­day

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