MATCH CENTRE

FRI 20 JUNE 2014, 23:59, ARENA DA BAIXADA

1
VS
2

Goal scoring machine rescues Ecuador

by Brian Lee

Sat June 21, 01:58

Goal scoring machine, Enner Valencia, bagged a brace on the night to save Ecuador’s 2014 FIFA world Cup campaign when they beat Honduras 2-1 in a Group E match at the Arena da Baixada on Friday.

The result sees Ecuador up to second in the Group on three points behind France with six points. Switzerland are third in the group with three points while Honduras are bottom with zero points.

Any of the four of the teams can still qualify for the knockout stages of the competition if they win their last group game. France will take on Ecuador and Switzerland will play Honduras.

It was a scrappy start to the game with both sides squandering possession rather cheaply.

As the half progressed Ecuador began take control of the match and created their first decent chance on goal in the 20th minute when Enner Valencia broke behind the Honduras defence, but shot wide of goal with just the keeper to beat.

Six minutes later Brayan Beckeles should have given Honduras the lead when he was afforded a free-header after meeting a corner-kick at the back post, but under no pressure his six-yard effort went wide.

Just after the hour mark a bit fortune  saw Honduras take the lead when a long ball form the back ricocheted off the back of an Ecuador defender and into the path Carlo Costly which saw him through on goal – the striker made no mistake with a powerful 18-yard finish into the bottom corner, 1-0.

It was Honduras’ first goal in international play for 517 minutes, but their joy was short-lived.

Two minutes after going behind Ecuador drew level when a Juan Paredes long range shot deflected into the path of Enner Valencia a couple-yards out and he calmly side-footed the ball home, 1-1.

That goal was Enner Valencia’s sixth goal in as many international matches.

Honduras thought they had taken the lead in injury time of the first half when Costly met a cross from the right and saw his header strike the crossbar before finding its way into the back of the net off Jerry Bengston, but the goal was disallowed for handball.

The second half saw Ecuador with more of the ball and they made their pressure tell in the 65th minute when Enner Valencia headed home a corner-kick for his second goal of the night, 2-1.

That is now Enner Valencia’s seventh goal in six international matches.

Honduras tried to fight their way back into the match and Maynor Figueroa came closest to levelling matters in the 85th minute when his thunderous 30-yards shot shaved the top of the crossbar.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of Ecuador who picked up their first win of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ARENA DA BAIXADA
HONDURAS GOALS ECUADOR GOALS
13. Carlo Costly (31') 13. Enner Valencia (34')
13. Enner Valencia (65')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
HONDURAS STARTING LINEUP ECUADOR STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
18
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
21
Defender
3
Defender
46'
7
Defender
2
Defender
3
Defender
4
Defender
5
Midfielder
57'
16
Midfielder
83'
14
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
80'
90 + 1'
7
Midfielder
71'
19
Midfielder
84'
14
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
31'
13
Forward/Striker
34'
65'
72'
13
Forward/Striker
45 + 2'
11
Forward/Striker
83'
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Juan Carlos Garcia
Defender
46'
6
Edison Mendez
Midfielder
83'
8
Marvin Chavez
Midfielder
71'
10
Carlos Gruezo
Midfielder
84'
23
Mario Martinez
Midfielder
83'
23
Gabriel Achilier
Defender
90 + 1'
21
CARDS
Jerry Bengston
Forward/Striker
45 + 2'
11
Antonio Valencia
Midfielder
57'
16
Enner Valencia
Forward/Striker
72'
13
Jefferson Montero
Midfielder
80'
7
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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