Ecuador thrashes Uruguay 4-2 in South American tie

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Ecuador thrashes Uruguay 4-2 in South American tie


QUITO, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Ecuador’s soccer team beat Uruguay 4-2 at home on Tuesday, in a South American qualifying match where the home team was four goals ahead, before Uruguay discounted on the last minutes of the game with two penalties.


File photo. The Ecuadorian Ángel Mena in action


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File photo. The Ecuadorian Ángel Mena in action


Ecuador, which had just lost 1-0 on the road to Argentina, showed a solid game on all lines and an efficient forward.

Ecuador’s first goal was a header by Moisés Caicedo in the 15th minute after an assist from Ángel Mena, followed by the local siege of the Uruguayan goal at the Rodrigo Paz stadium in Quito.

Colombian referee Wilmar Roldán annulled a goal to Michael Estrada in the 34th minute, who in the first half time-outs increased the score for the hosts.

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The Uruguayan team tried to organize and animate their game in the midfield, without results. Two of his deepest arrivals to the Ecuadorian area were canceled by an advanced position from Brian Rodríguez and a hand from Darwin Núñez.

In the first part of the second half, Estrada beat the Uruguayan fence with a powerful shot from outside the area after an assist from Enner Valencia, for the “Tricolor” 3-0.

Gonzalo Plata made it 4-0 in the 75th minute, after having entered the field a few minutes earlier.

Uruguay managed to discount after a foul in the area by Diego Palacios and Luis Suárez converted from 11 meters, who would score the second goal for Uruguay in the same way after a foul by Javier Arriaga when the match ended.

Ecuador will visit Bolivia, while Uruguay will play Colombia on November 12.

(Report by Alexandra Valencia; Edited by Javier López de Lérida)

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