Friday, 20th June
Of the thirteen matches Honduras and Ecuador have played together,
eight have been draws; the last being two goals each in Houston (19/11/2013).
This is the first meeting betwen the two teams in World Cup
With both teams without a point before the game, a draw would have
been enough for France to qualify, after their avalanche
of goals against Switzerland.
Some could be forgiven for thinking that this was a game of the
also-rans but one of these teams could turn out to be the king maker.
Carlo Costly opened the scoring for Honduras just after the half-hour, when Alexander
Dominguez failed to deal with the ball cleanly.
Within a few minutes, Enner Valencia was on hand to finish what Juan Paredes couldn't and
pull Ecuador level.
Carlo Costly headed the ball onto the bar, just before the break, as
Honduras looked for their second World Cup goal.
Half-time: Honduras 1 - Ecuador 1
Honduras had a goal ruled out for offside just before the hour, then
the tables turned again.
Enner Valencia headed home from a Walter Ayovi free-kick, to set Ecuador up nicely for
their final group game.
This result meant that the French weren't yet through and the Swiss
weren't out; so everything still to play for in Group E, even for
Final Score: Honduras 1 - Ecuador 2
1:0 - Carlo Costly (31 mins)
1:1 - Enner Valencia (34 mins)
1:2 - Enner Valencia (65 mins)
18-Noel Valladares; 21-Brayan Beckeles, 5-Victor Bernardez, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 7-Emilio
Izaguirre; 14-Oscar Garcia, 19-Luis Garrido, 20-Jorge Claros, 15-Roger Espinoza; 11-Jerry
Bengtson, 13-Carlo Costly.
22-Alexander Dominguez; 4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 2. Jorge Guagua, 3-Frickson Erazo,
10-Walter Ayovi; 16-Antonio Valencia, 14-Oswaldo Minda, 6-Christian Noboa, 7-Jefferson
Montero; 11-Felipe Caicedo, 13-Enner Valencia.
Referee: Ben Williams - Australia
5 yellow cards:
7 mins - Victor Bernardez (Honduras)
45 mins - Jerry Bengtson (Honduras)
57 mins - Antonio Valencia (Ecuador)
72 mins - Enner Valencia (Ecuador)
80 mins - Jefferson Montero (Ecuador)
Switzerland vs France
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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