Ronnie leads Brazil to victory
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brazil are now the only team with a full quota of points, after the first two rounds of games in the Conmebol qualifying with Argentina and Chile behind them on four each.
Brazil were made to work very hard for their victory, but they broke through early on and that proved decisive.
Ronaldinho pounced on 13 minutes after being put through by Roberto Carlos.
Ecuador defended stoutly throughout the game and even had chances at the Vivaldo Lima Stadium in Manaos northern Brazil, but they failed to take their opportunities.
After the match Rivaldo said: "I am not surprised at the way Ecuador played, they have good players and their national team has improved very much in the last years so they are a dangerous rival for any team.
"Don't forget that Ecuador has played the last World Cup."
Bolivia put their opening 5-0 defeat to Uruguay behind them with a terrific 4-0 home win over Colombia at The Hernando Siles Stadium.
Bolivia's first came after 12 minutes when Julio Cesar Baldiveso converted from the spot and that was followed by Botero's treble (28, 49 & 52).
The home side dominated from start to finish and should have scored more, especially after Colombia were reduced to ten men on the hour when Ivan Ramiro Cordoba was dismissed.
The only two Colombia players to come away from the game with any credit was Juan Pablo Angel and John Viafara.
"We played a great match," said Bolvian coach Nelson Acosta.
"It has to be useful for us and now we can for trust that we have good players for working with and getting positive results."
Like Bolivia, Paraguay put an opening defeat behind them to overcome Uruguay 4-1 in Asuncion.
Paraguay lost their first game 4-1 against Peru, but they managed to overturn their fortunes with their success at the Defensores del Chaco Stadium.
Uruguay, who were in confident mood following their 5-0 win over Bolivia at the weekend, took the lead after 23 minutes when Javier Chevanton curled home a great free kick.
However, that was as good as it got for the Uruguayans as Paraguay came back strong and levelled matters just three minutes later through Jose Cardozo.
Carlos Humberto Paredes put the home side ahead on 53 minutes before Cardozo completed a hat-trick with two further strikes (57 & 72).
Cardozo was the undoubted star for Paraguay, but Bayern Munich's Roque Santa Cruz was also outstanding on the evening.