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Rueda replaced at Ecuador helm

Reinaldo Rueda has left his role as head coach of the Ecuador national team, the nation's football federation has announced.

The Colombian, 57, could not guide Ecuador out of Group E at the World Cup in Brazil - France and Switzerland progressed - and the decision has now been taken to replace him with Sixto Vizuete on an interim basis.

Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga told ecuafutbol.org: "Having terminated the contract of Reinaldo Rueda, we would like to thank him for all he has done for Ecuadorian football.

"He secured our qualification for the World Cup - and in doing so he gave many players the chance to establish themselves in the Ecuadorian football team.

"The board has sent a letter of thanks to Rueda and his staff but he will not continue with the Ecuadorian football team."

Chiriboga confirmed the short-term promotion of under-21 coach Vizuete to the senior role until January 9, 2015, when the FEF is due to hold a presidential election.