Ecuador have bowed out of the World Cup in the group stages, and ESPN FC blogger Nick Dorrington gives his verdict on the brighter points of the campaign as well as what went wrong.
One sentence, World Cup recap
Lots of promise, but mistakes at key junctures and a lack of end product doomed them to an early elimination.
All team assessments
Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast | Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Enner Valencia was undoubtedly the star of Ecuador's tournament. Reinaldo Rueda was derided when he first called up the then-Emelec winger as a solution to the national...