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Brazil slip to fourth after draw in Quito

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(CNN) -- Brazil dropped to fourth place in South American qualifying for the 20`0 World Cup after being held to a 1-1 draw by Ecuador in Quito.

Noboa (far right) denied Brazil victory in Quito with a late equalizer.

Noboa (far right) denied Brazil victory in Quito with a late equalizer.

Brazil went into the Sunday night's match looking to reclaim second place in the table from arch-rivals Argentina, but a late goal from Cristian Noboa, combined with Chlle's later 3-1 win over Peru, left them in the final automatic qualifying spot for South Africa.

Five-time World Cup champions Brazil were below their best at the 9,000 feet altitude of the Andean capital and were without injured AC Milan star Kaka.

He was replaced in the starting line-up by teammate Ronaldinho, but it was Ecuador who had the better chances, forcing several fine saves from Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar with Tottenham's Wilson Palacios also hitting the post.

Ronaldinho was replaced by Julio Baptista in the second half and the Roma striker's first kick of the ball resulted in a goal for the visitors after 71 minutes.

But Ecuador grabbed a deserved equalizer through Noboa just two minutes from time and had a late chance to grab the winner.

Chile had few problems in beating bottom side Peru, their first victory in Lima for 24 years.

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Alexis Sanchez put them on their way with a second minute goal and Humberto Suazo doubled the advantage on the half hour mark.

Peru hit back in the 33rd minute as striker John Fano scored but their cause was undermined by the 52nd minute dismissal of Juan Vargas for two yellow cards.

Matias Fernandez wrapped up the Chile win with a 69th minute strike.

Paraguay lead the standings with 23 points, followed by Argentina and Chile on 19, with Brazil in fourth on 18 after 11 rounds.

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