In his best moment of late, The Ecuadorian National Team will face a very tough challenge in the Qualifiers: visiting Brazil, which has never lost at home in its history in World Cup qualifying matches.
And La Tri already knows what it is to win as a visitor against a giant. He did it on October 8, 2015 on the first date of the road to Russia 2018. That day defeated Argentina at the Monumental stadium, where he had not fallen for 22 years, from the legendary 0-5 of Colombia.
At that time, the Albiceleste came as runner-up in America but without Lionel Messi. However, he did have Javier Mascherano, Sergio Agüero and Ángel Di María, among other figures of European football.
The game was 0-0 until 36 minutes of the second half, when Frickson Erazo opened the scoring with a remembered goal from popcorn. A minute later, Felipe Caicedo scored the second and settled the lawsuit.
Now, Ecuador will go for a similar hit, although it would be even bigger, since Scratch never lost at home in Qualifying: they played 56 games, of which they won 44 and drew 12. In fact, in all of history they only lost 12 games, all as a visitor (two in Quito: in 2002 and 2006).
In Porto Alegre there will be some players who were in Argentina that day: Alexander Domínguez, Christian Noboa, Fidel Martínez, Ángel Mena (all played) and Juan Cazares, who was at the bank.