Ecuador seemed to have left behind a conflictive atmosphere since Gustavo Alfaro took the helm of the national team in 2020. La Tri have had an amazing start to the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers and head to the Copa America 2021 with plenty of expectations.
Before the Argentine boss was appointed, La Tricolor have gone through difficult years. They had six different coaches in six years, but they seem to have found the right man for the job in Alfaro. The former Boca Juniors manager has given a new look to the team when it looked like his first months were going to be harder.
The latest South American competition that took place in Brazil in 2019 was one to forget for La Tri, as they were knocked out in the group stage after earning just one point in three games. Things have changed and Ecuador will return to La Verde-amarela's territory looking to redeem themselves. Take a look at when, where, and against who they'll play their first game in the Copa America 2021.
When will Ecuador's first game in the Copa America 2021 be played?
Ecuador will make their Copa America 2021 debut against Colombia in Matchday 1 of Group B. This match will conclude Matchday 1 action after Brazil and Venezuela meet in the opening game of the competition.
These two national teams have a long history of facing each other. Curiously, the last time they've met in the Copa America was twenty years ago also in Colombia, with the home side winning 1-0. However, their most recent meeting took part last year, when Alfaro's boys put six past Los Cafeteros.
Where will Ecuador play their first match of Copa America 2021?
In their first game of the Copa America 2021, Ecuador will take on Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá. This stadium has a brief history as it was built for the 2014 World Cup, which is why it's one of the newest sports venues in Brazil.
At what time will Ecuador make their Copa America 2021 debut?
Ecuador and Colombia will face off on Sunday, June 13 at 8 PM (ET) to kick off their paths in the Copa America. Before this game, the two teams got ready for action in World Cup Qualifiers fixtures. Here, let's take a look at this game's kickoff time by State in the US:
ET: 8 PM
CT: 7 PM
MT: 6 PM
PT: 5 PM