Enner Valencia put two goals in the net to give Ecuador a 2-1 victory over Honduras at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, Brazil in Group E action. Valencia reaches three goals at the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The game began with both teams challenging each other for control of the field. The Ecuadorians opted for an attack from the wings, while the Hondurans went straight in from the center pitch. It was action-packed with both teams having near-misses.
In the 31st minute, Carlo Costly received a long pass from Victor Bernardez who was on the other side of the field. Costly intercepted a short rebound from the defender and took it into the area. He fired to goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez’ right. The keeper could not react on time and the ball went into his net to give Honduras the 1-0 lead.
Costly broke a 420 minute goal scoring drought that dates back to Spain 1982. Eduardo Laing was the last Honduran player to break the net at the FIFA World Cup. Laing scored the equalizer against North Ireland in a 1-1 draw on June 21, 1982 at La Romareda Stadium.
The Ecuadorians were quick to react and two minutes later, Juan Paredes crossed to Enner Valencia who beat the defense in the area to tap the ball in for the 1-1. The CF Pachuca player scored his second goal at the Brazil 2014 tournament. The teams left it all on the pitch and after 45 minutes, the game went to the break with the 1-1.
The second half began with the same tension as the first ended. Both teams went on the attack. Honduras put the ball in the net twice, but the players were offside when the play began.
Ecuador claimed the lead in the 64th minute on a set-piece. Enner Valencia cleared his marker and elevated over the rest of the players in the area. The Tuzos player headed down to Noel Valladares’ left peaking the ball inside the box for the 2-1 lead.
The match continued with both teams giving their all on the field. There was not clear dominator on the pitch. There was only a clear dominator on the stands with the fans clad in yellow overpowering the voices of the Central Americans. After a 90 minute by both squads, the game came to a close with Ecuador winning 2-1.
Despite lacking points, the Catrachos are not eliminated from the competition yet. France leads with six points, Ecuador takes second place with a zero goal differential. Switzerland follows, also with three points, but behind with a -2. Honduras remains with no points in the rear. The Catrachos face Switzerland in their third game, Ecuador takes on France.