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Ecuador go from World Cup success to Copa failure
By Brian Homewood
PUERTO LA CRUZ, Venezuela, July 5 (Reuters) - Less than one year after surprisingly reaching the last 16 of the World Cup, Ecuador have been knocked out of the Copa America at the first hurdle.
Coach Luis Fernando Suarez, in charge of the team on both occasions, said he was at a loss to explain the sudden decline in his team's fortunes as they lost all three games in Group B.
Suarez, whose future with the team is uncertain, said Ecuador had played as well as their opponents in every game but had not got the breaks and had been let down by poor finishing.
"We have a good team but we didn't get the results," said Suarez.
"We seem to have created the idea in our conscience that things aren't going to turn out well in the Copa America."
Ecuador have reached the last two World Cup finals but have fallen at the first hurdle in the last four Copa America tournaments. They last made the quarter-finals in Bolivia in 1997.
This time around, Ecuador lost their opening game 3-2 to Chile, having led 2-1 for nearly one hour and missed several chances to finish off the game, and then went down 2-1 to Mexico.
On Wednesday, they unluckily lost 1-0 to Brazil.
"We dominated the game against Chile and we played a good game against Mexico," said Suarez. "It's not a footballing problem, more of a mental one."
Suarez's team was based largely on the one which took part in the World Cup.
The main changes were at left back, where Oscar Bagui has replaced Paul Ambrossi, and in attack where Ecuador were without Agustin Delgado and Ivan Kaviedes, two key players last year.
Carlos Tenorio partnered Cristian Benitez in attack for the first two games while Felix Borja stepped in for Tenorio against Brazil. But neither partnership was convincing.
Benitez was the only one to score, Ecuador's other two goals coming from midfielders Edison Mendez and Luis Antonio Valencia.
"We weren't ruthless enough in taking our chances," said Suarez.
He also blamed the absence of 32-year-old striker Delgado, who last month completed a six-month ban for his part in a vicious brawl at the end of a league game.
"I still think we need Delgado," said Suarez. "He's a good lad and a goalscorer. I still think he can help us in the future."
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