Uruguay vs Ecuador : Watch the Copa America LIVE only on beIN SPORTS Oscar Tabarez’s side has won the competition a record 15 times, most recently in 2011, but fell short at the first hurdle in 2016 and far more is expected this time around.
Boasting a squad that includes the likes of Diego Godin, Edinson Cavani, Fernando Muslera and Luis Suarez — on course to play a full part in this opener after recovering from knee surgery — Uruguay is considered third favourite behind Brazil and Argentina.
It begins its latest bid for glory in Belo Horizonte against 2024 host Ecuador, which enters the tournament on the back of a poor run of form.
Hernan Dario Gomez’s men have lost two and drawn two of their past four matches and face a tough task to advance from a group that also contains defending champion Chile and Japan which, along with Qatar, has been invited to the tournament by CONMEBOL to bring the number of teams to 12.
The Copa America’s Group C begins play on Sunday, and one of the cup favorites Uruguay takes on Ecuador in their opening game.
The first fixture of the Group C of the 2019 Copa America will see Uruguay take on Ecuador at the Estadio Governador Magalhães Pinto on Sunday night.
The 46th edition of the Copa America is underway in Brazil, with the hosts kicking off the tournament with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bolivia on Friday. The focus will shift to Belo Horizonte on Sunday as Uruguay will lock horns against Ecuador in the Group C opener.
Following their quarter-final exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup against France, Uruguay have had somewhat mixed fortunes, having lost four of their five post-World Cup fixtures in 2018. However, Oscar Tabarez’s men have turned things around and are in red-hot form heading into the Copa America, registering three consecutive wins in 2019.
Uruguay has won the tournament a record 15 times and looks like it has a good shot to add another in 2019 if the squad can stay healthy. Ecuador is looking to rediscover its form after some down years, and this cup could serve as a springboard ahead of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.