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Mexico beat Ecuador but lose Montes for World Cup

Pre-World Cup Friendly: Mexico v Ecuador-slide0
Courtesy Eric Guzman

Mexico continued their World Cup preparations in Texas on Sunday as they took on Ecuador at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and managed an impressive win but at the cost of Luis Montes as they won 3-1, but lost Montes due to a broken leg.

Giovanni dos Santos celebrates
Courtesy Eric Guzman

Mexico started brightly, pushing the Ecuador defense in the opening stages but for little reward in an impressive opening five minutes.

A good long ball from Mexico brought an opportunity as Giovani dos Santos was released but some quick thinking from Maximo Banguera saw him off his line quick enough to rush out and clear the ball.

Ecuador’s first chance of the half came in the 13th minute as Walter Ayovl stepped up to hit a free-kick which curled back but went high and wide of goal.

After a tight period Mexico hit the lead in the 33rd minute, after some smooth passing around the box allowed Luis Montes to take one touch and shift some space before unleashing a bullet of a shot to give Banguera no chance.

Montes’ afternoon changed very rapidly, just two minutes later as a heavy challenge saw Montes stretchered from the field with reported fractured tibia, which would end his World Cup.

That injury took a lot of the heat out of the match, and really cooled down the action as the sides went to half-time with Mexico 1-0 up.

After Ecuador started the half the better side, Mexico started to get back in to the match and had a good chance in the 59th minute as Hector Herrera had a shot from distance that went across the face of goal.

A corner kick resulted in a goal mouth scramble for Ecuador and they thought they got back on level terms as Fidel Martinez poked it in on the 62nd minute but a foul denied Ecuador.

Less than a minute later only a desperate clearance denied Joao Rojas putting Ecuador back on level terms as Paul Aguilar was able to clear it off the line before Martinez sent the rebound wide.

Mexico got back on track and found a second in the 70th minute as Marco Fabian, on for the injured Montes, was able to score in similar fashion, making a long run before launching a bullet from distance to double the lead.

Mexico really wrapped things up in the 77th minute as two defensive lapses allowed Giovanni dos Santos to be credited with a goal, after an attempted clearance from Jorge Guagua fell to dos Santos, whose effort bounced off the post but in off the back of the goalkeeper.

An 80th minute free-kick gave Ecuador a consolation goal as Walter Ayovl’s shot deflected off of Hector Moreno and in to the back of the net to give Ecuador a goal and give the South Americans a chance of getting back in to the match.

A good save prevented Mexico making it four in the 85th minute as Raul Jiminez made a surging run and shot from just outside the box but a strong save put it out for a corner to keep the final score 3-1.

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