Tackles came flying in from the start and only after 20 seconds Honduras had committed their first foul. Six minutes later Honduras had a booking when defender Victor Bernadez clattered through the back of an Ecuadorian.
Ecuador were putting on all the pressure and playing the better football, but surprisingly it was Honduras who took lead. A mistake by the Ecuadorian defence allowed former Birmingham striker Carlo Costly to chest it down and then smash it past Dominguez.
It took only three minutes for Ecuador to equalise when a deflected Juan Paredes shot ended up at the feet of Enner Valencia who slid in to tap the ball over the line. That was his sixth goal in as many games for Ecuador.
Before half-time both sides went close from corners and free-kicks respectively and Honduras even had a goal ruled offside, but Honduras and Ecuador entered the changing rooms at 1-1.
After half-time both sides seemed to come at each other for a long time to no great effect and the game turned quite scrappy. That was until Ecuador gained a set piece on the left of Honduras’ penalty box. Walter Ayovi sent in a perfect cross and Enner Valencia rose to meet it, guiding the ball into the back of the Honduras net.
The game went back to it’s generally scrappy style with challenges flying in from all sides. Honduras tried to press for the equaliser but could only manage pot shots from out side the area. Enner Valencia had a free-kick from distance for his hat-trick but hit it straight down the throat of Valladares.
Ecuador will need Switzerland to lose to Honduras whilst getting something against France if they want to qualify. Whilst Honduras will need to beat Switzerland, France to beat Ecuador and rely on goal difference to qualify.
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