Ecuador will be the only South American side not in the second round of the 2014 World Cup after they were eliminated from the tournament following a scoreless draw against France in Manus this morning.
France went into their final pool game of the 2014 World Cup knowing that they had already secured top spot in their pool and coach Didier Deschamps made a number of changes to the side that defeated Switzerland on Sunday morning; with Morgan Schneiderlin, Lucas Digne and Antoine Griezmann all coming into the starting eleven.
Although they were missing some of their midfield stars, France were still able to dominate possession in the early stages of the contest, but it was Ecuador that went closest to scoring when Jefferson Montero was put behind the French defense thanks to a long ball from Antonio Valencia.
France continued to have the bulk of the ball, but were unable to create any real chances and appeared to lose their way towards the end of the second half when Ecuador was able to take control of possession and show off their, at times, impressive passing.
Both sides went into the halftime break without a goal, but it did not take long for the game to change complexion in the second stanza when Ecuador captain Antonio Valencia was sent from the field for a studs-up challenge.
Ecuador lost their way with ten men and were unable to trouble the French defense, while France were unable to take advantage of a number of opportunities; with Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema both missing excellent chances to put their side in front.
Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez was the clear standout for both sides and he kept Ecuador in the contest in the second half, but it was not enough and Ecuador became the first South American side to fail to progress from the group stage at the 2014 World Cup.
France ($1.53) will take on Nigeria ($7) in their 2014 World Cup Round Of 16 clash at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha next Tuesday and are clear favourites in the betting market with Ladbrokes.com.au to progress to the quarter finals of the World Cup for the first time since 2006.