Brazil, Argentina eliminated at Pan Ams

Updated: 24 July 2007 15:28 IST

The big powers of South American soccer made an early exit from the Pan American Games. Brazil and Argentina, which share seven World Cup titles, are gone.

Rio De Janeiro:

The big powers of South American soccer made an early exit from the Pan American Games.

Brazil and Argentina, which share seven World Cup titles, are gone. Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico and Jamaica have qualified for the semifinals of the tournament, which is being played with under-20 teams.

Brazil, using an under-17 team but hoping to make a good impression at home, was routed 4-2 by modest Ecuador on Saturday at Maracana stadium and knocked out of contention.

Defending champion Argentina, also with its under-17 squad, was eliminated after a scoreless draw with Colombia.

Brazil, runner-up to the Argentines in 2003, expected little challenge from Ecuador. The Brazilians had won their first two games and needed only a draw to advance to the semifinals.

Ecuador's counterattacks

And Brazil drew first blood through Junior in the 36th minute. But Edmundo Zura pulled Ecuador even a minute before halftime.

It was Zura again in the opening minute of the second half for 2-1.

Brazil became nervous and fell prey to Ecuador's counterattacks, with Jefferson Montero widening the lead to 3-1.

Alex narrowed the gap for Brazil, but Ecuador's Pablo Ochoa put the game out of reach five minutes from fulltime with the final goal.

The Brazilians were booed by local fans after the match.

Argentina had no apologies for its poor showing at the Pan Ams, when it didn't win a single game.

Topics : Football Brazil
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