Ecuador triumphs over Honduras 2 – 1 at Arena de Baixada in Curitiba Friday, thanks to Enner Valencia’s two goals.
The game also marked Honduras’ first goal in the World Cup since 1982, ending a 500-minute goalless streak for the team.
Honduras took the initial lead on the 31 – minute mark of the match, with Carlo Costly attacking with a left-footed shot.
However, Ecuador immediately fights back and equalizes the score as Enner Valencia fights back with a long left-footed shot, evening the game 1 – 1 on the 34 – minute mark.
Valencia further saves Ecuador from the match as he manages to strike with a close-ranged header from Walter Ayovi’s cross on the 64 – minute mark, leading Ecuador 2 – 1. In Brandon Hicks’ report at CBC Sports, Valencia comments about his play in the match: “Of course I’m very, very happy to have scored the goals because they helped us to win the match. We put everything on the line and we got three crucial points to keep our dream alive.”
Luis Suarez of Honduras also shares his sentiments in BBC Sports: “It was a very hard-fought match. I think we had a bit of difficulty keeping our nerves in check given what was at stake in the game, but I’m satisfied with my team.
He further adds, “We know it’ll be tough to reach the next round, but it’d be even worse to have been knocked out already.
Currently, Ecuador and Switzerland are on a tie at Group E as both teams are sitting at 3 points.
Ecuador will soon meet up against France, a formidable opponent under the group as the team thrashed both Switzerland (5 – 2) and Honduras (3 – 0) resulting to a huge goal difference.
Ecuador’s match against France will be played at Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho at Rio De Janeiro, while Honduras faces Switzerland at Arena Amazonia in Manaus. Both matches will be held on June 25, Wednesday.