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Ecuador sees red at World Cup in scoreless draw with France
Ecuador sees red at World Cup in scoreless draw with France

Play was stopped, but the suspense was palpable. France fullback Lucas Digne lay on the turf, shaken up when Ecuador midfielder Antonio Valencia left cleat marks on his leg while they fought for the ball. How would Noumandiez Doue adjudicate the matter? The referee from the Ivory Coast waited until Digne was medically treated and helped up . . . then displayed a red card. Valencia's disqualification figured hugely into the fate of Group E at the World Cup. Ecuador, dealing with a manpower shortage from the 50th minute on, could not conjure up the goal it needed in a scoreless tie with perfectly satisfied France, the group winner. Switzerland assumed the sweet 16 slot that...

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