The Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) has suspended five national team players indefinitely for indiscipline.
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Argentina conceded after just 37 seconds in their must-win game against Ecuador -- but Lionel Messi came to the rescue.
La Albiceleste have won just two of six World Cup qualifiers held in Ecuador and once since the current format began in 1996.
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho put aside speculation about his club future to help Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0.
After solid starts in World Cup qualifying, Ecuador and Uruguay are reeling at the wrong time, with matches against South America's Big 2 on Thursday.
In CONMEBOL friendly action on Thursday, Ecuador and Venezuela played to a 1-1 draw, while Peru beat 10-man Paraguay 1-0.
With the exception of Brazil, this would seem to be South America's poorest collection of World Cup qualifying teams for several campaigns.
A Paulinho hat trick helped Brazil to a 4-1 victory over Uruguay in a clash of the top two teams in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on Thursday.
As ever, the level of competition in South America will ensure that the World Cup qualifying campaign will go all the way down to the wire.
CONMEBOL qualifying is arguably as tough as it gets but teams are thoroughly prepared for the World Cup. Changing the format could be a hindrance.
With very few Ecuadorians playing in Europe, Antonio Valencia continues to thrive at Manchester United and set the standard for Ecuadorians abroad.
James Rodriguez said Ecuador will be easy to beat in South American qualifying. Ecuador's coach, however, has issued the Real Madrid winger a warning.
Argentina vs. Brazil is the headliner but Colombia vs. Chile and Uruguay vs. Ecuador are other appetising matchups in round 11 of CONMEBOL qualifying.
Swansea winger Jefferson Montero is to consult a specialist after fracturing a bone in his hand.
Chris Wondolowski had a goal and an assist for the United States in a 2-0 friendly win against a resolute and opportune Cuba side in Havana.
Ecuador forward Enner Valencia avoided police on Thursday for a third time in the space of two days after a warrant was issued for his detention.
At the halfway point of World Cup qualifying, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador are looking good, Argentina are missing Messi, and Chile are outsiders.
After a rollercoaster first half of their World Cup qualifying campaign, Ecuador hope to right the ship against Chile and at Bolivia.
First after four rounds, Ecuador have now slipped to fifth in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying table, writes Tim Vickery.
Granada are in the process of terminating the contract of summer signing Jose Angulo because of a failed drugs test.
Gabriel Jesus won a penalty and notched a late brace on his international debut as new Brazil coach Tite began his reign with a 3-0 qualifying win.