Ecuador shock Brazil
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
World champions Brazil suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Ecuador in Quito.World champions Brazil suffered their first lost of the South American qualifying campaign after going down 1-0 to Ecuador.
Brazil fielded a full strength line-up in Quito, but Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Kaka et al - failed to sparkle.
Ecuador were very much in the reckoning for qualification in what looks like being one of the closet Conmebol World Cup qualifying tournaments in history, as just six points seperate the bottom eight sides - with Brazil and Argentina clear.
The only goal of the game in Ecuador came 14 minutes from the end when Edison Mendez (pictured) struck to send the home fans at The Atahualpa Stadium into ecstasy.
Adriano was thrown on to try and rescue something for Carlos Alberto Parreira's side, but it was not to be as Ecuador held on for a famous victory.
The Brazilians suffered from fatigue having travelled from Europe less than 48 hours before the game and failed to cope with the high altitude in Quito - which lies nearly 3,000 metres above sea level.