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What happened to Ecuador? German reserves cruise in friendly

May 29, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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Ecuador’s probably going to be at Brazil 2014. They currently sit second in CONMEBOL qualifying, four points back to region-leading Argentina but seven head of Uruguay, whose sixth place standing leaves them one spot short of South America’s playoff spot. Now up to 10th in the (admittedly deceiving) FIFA rankings, Ecuador’s a team on the rise, even if their goal difference hints their  results may regress.

Regardless, Reinaldo Rueda’s team should have been expected to a challenge for a German national team that was without all of its stars. Neither Bayern Munich nor Borussia Dortmund players took part, while Real Madrid midfielders Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira are still with the Merengues (the Spanish season ending June 1). Joachim Löw’s team was a collection of second and third-teamers, one that should have been at a disadvantage against Antonio Valencia, Christian Benítez, and Felipe Caicedo.

But when the teams kicked off this afternoon in Boca Raton, Germany held all the advantages. Lukas Podolski scored in the first minute and added another at the 17-minute mark. In between Lars Bender had doubled Germany’s lead, and when the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder completed his own double in the 24th, Löw’s side had an early four-goal lead.

Antonio Valencia scored before halftime, and Walter Ayovi added a very late second, leaving the final a slightly more explicable 4-2, but for an Ecuador side that resumes World Cup qualifying June 7 in Peru, the performance was a worrying way to transition into an important summer. Giving up four goals in 24 minutes against anybody should send a coach through the roof, but against a team that chose reserves at every position? It was embarrassing.

As for the Germans, next up is … well, look at this: the United States, Sunday, at RFK Stadium. So much for a weakened Germany.


  1. pf1977 - May 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    i’m not sure people realize how deep and good the german talent pool is right now. roman weidenfeller, the dortmund goalie, put in a lot of good performances the last three years and he has never been capped at any level for germany. i don’t know if he was even ever called into any camps for the national team for that matter.

    neuer only got a sniff at the german goalkeeping position because of a knee injury to adler. and those two were only in the mix because of the tragic suicide of enke a few years ago.

    i think the only position they are not really loaded at is center forward.

    perhaps the scariest thing is how young all these guys are that are coming through right now. perhaps them and belgium have the most and best young players coming through right now but germany looks more poised to have an assembly line with it because of their revamped youth set up.

  2. footballer4ever - May 30, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Ecuador got schooled

  3. thememyselfandiguy - May 30, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    i think the only position they are not really loaded at is center forward.

    you dont need to be deep on center forwards in modern soccer. but they have klose and gomez.
    since when is ecuador a team that germany has to fear? ecuador can play a friendly vs a german 2nd division team and might win, but other then that good luck.

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