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Thursday, 27 June, 2002, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK


Gomez asked to stay on
Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez is mulling over a new contract offer from his national federation.

Ecuador must maintain momentum
The World Cup debutants must build on the experience of the past two years, says BBC Sport Online's Tim Vickery

Reasons to be cheerful
Their team may now be heading home, but the Ecuadorean media are delighted with the way their first World Cup has gone.

Ecuador end Croatia hopes
Ecuador win 1-0 to send France '98 semi-finalists Croatia crashing out of the World Cup.

Ecuador buoyed by historic win
Ecuador coach Dario Hernan Gomez says his team can return home proud of their efforts after beating Croatia.

Croatia blame pressure
Croatia coach Mirko Jozic says his side lost to Ecuador because they could not cope with the pressure of the occasion.

Clockwatch: Ecuador 1-0 Croatia
Edison Mendez scores at the start of the second half as Ecuador and Croatia both fail to qualify from Group G.

Ecuador reflect on reality
The people of Ecuador are doing their best to accentuate the positives from a painful World Cup learning experience.

Stylish Mexicans sink Ecuador
Mexico's 2-1 win over Ecuador puts them in the driving seat in Group G.

Ecuador coach accuses team
Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez accuses his side of lacking character in their 2-1 defeat by Mexico.

Aguirre stays calm
Qualification for the last 16 is still in the balance, says Mexico coach Javier Aguirre.

Clockwatch: Mexico 2-1 Ecuador
All the action as goals from Jared Borgetti and Gerardo Torrado give Mexico all three points against Ecuador.

Ambassador declares open house
Ecuador's expatriate community in Mexico is determined to celebrate the Group G showdown between the two teams.

Kaviedes set to start
Ecuador striker Ivan Kaviedes should return to the starting line-up against Mexico on Sunday.

Ecuador remain positive
Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez says his players are not discouraged despite being outclassed by Italy during their 2-0 defeat.

Italy ease past Ecuador
Christian Vieri scores twice as Italy beat World Cup newcomers Ecuador 2-0.

Clockwatch: Italy 2-0 Ecuador
Christian Vieri's first-half goals set Italy up for a comfortable 2-0 win over Ecuador in Group G.

Great start for hot-shot Vieri
Two-goal striker Christian Vieri plays down his own contribution in helping Italy to an easy opening victory over Ecuador.

No Ulises fears for Hibs
Hibernian dismiss 'want-away' comments of Ecuador's Ulises de La Cruz as poor translation.

Delgado adds to confusion
Agustin Delgado claims he will not be returning to Southampton, just three weeks after insisting he would.

Gomez happy to reveal all
Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez reveals his lineup and planned formation for the World Cup opener against Italy.

Doni is Italy's secret weapon
Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni could be handed a surprise start when the Azzuri open their World Cup campaign against Ecuador.

Gomez: My boys are tired
The Ecuador coach says a string of warm-up matches has taken its toll and he now plans to concentrate on tactics.

Aguinaga hungry for goals
Ecuador's captain Alex Aguinaga is determined to stamp his mark on the World Cup by scoring beautiful goals.

Delgado returns but Ecuador held
Ecuador striker Agustin Delgado makes his comeback from injury in the 1-1 draw with Kyoto Purple Sanga.

Italian spy in Ecuador camp
Ecuador open the doors of their training camp to Italy's assistant coach Conrado Coradino.

Diouf makes the difference
El-Hadji Diouf shines for Senegal as they beat Ecuador 1-0 in the World Cup warm-up in Tottori.

Delgado allays injury fears
Agustin Delgado says he is suffering from an ankle injury - but vows to be fit for Ecuador's World Cup opener.

Ecuador fall to Atletico
Ecuador lose 2-1 to Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium.

De la Cruz: 'A dream come true'
Ecuador's ever-present defender tells BBC Deportes how much World Cup qualification means to his team and his country.

Victory pleases Gomez
Ecuador coach says his players battled well and deserved to beat Yugoslavia in their World Cup warm-up match.

Ecuador beat Yugoslavia
A second half goal from Agustin Delgado gives Ecuador a 1-0 victory in their warm-up match.

Ecuador name squad
Hernan Dario Gomez names Ecuador's 23-man squad for their first World Cup finals.

The true Ayovi steps forward
Walter Ayovi puts his colourful past behind him to take a place in Ecuador's World Cup squad as Jorge Guagua misses out.

Gomez: Inter taught us a lesson
Ecuador coach says losing to a Brazilian club side could be the wake-up call his players and supporters need.

The World Cup stats
Statistical analysis of Ecuador's performance in the finals.

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