U17: Ecuador smashes Honduras

U17: Ecuador smashes Honduras

Ecuadcor smashed past Honduras with easy. Honduras took time to get into the game by the time they got going they were 2-0 down.

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Ecuador completed a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Honduras with a dominant performance in their Group D opener. Yeison Guerrero opened the scoring with a stunning goal in the opening minutes, before Pervis Estupinan’s first half penalty and Joan Cortez’s finish 15 minutes from time completed the victory despite Foslyn Grant’s late consolation.

It was Guerrero’s early stunner which set the tone for the rest of the game. The No10 received the ball in the middle of the park, turned away from his marker and found space around 25 yards from goal. He unleashed a dipping, swerving strike that flew past Henry Mashburn in the Honduran goal, leaving him no chance.

It did not take too long for Ecuador to double their advantage. Washington Corozo burst into the Honduran box and his attempted cross was blocked by Allan Rivera’s stray hand. Estupinan, with a slight stutter in the run-up, hit the penalty calmly just right of centre, with Mashburn diving the wrong way.

Just before the interval, an Estupinan free kick was blocked by Mashburn, with Renny Jaramillo seemingly certain to score. However, the Weston Fury stopper kept the midfielder out with an inspired save.

The South American side sealed the points with time ticking away. Jhon Pereira dazzled the Honduran defence with a number of stepovers before Estupinan touched the ball away and slammed a low cross into the box. Cortez, up from the back, threw himself at the ball and it trickled over the line.

Honduran fans had something to celebrate in the closing stages as Grant worked his way into the Ecuadorean penalty area, took Estupinan one way before shimmying the other and slammed the ball home.

There was no dramatic comeback from the CONCACAF side though, who face Belgium on Wednesday while Ecuador – leaders of the embryonic Group D – face Mali in the day’s later kick off.

“We needed some time in the first half to get into the match to understand our opponent. But then we were already two goals behind. Ecuador played well but if football would be fair a 1-1 draw would be the result of this match because in some situations we had bad luck,” Jose Valladares, Honduras coach.

“The first half was our half, in the second period Honduras became stronger. I’m sure Honduras will qualify for the next round. We won but we still made some mistakes. We have to focus on this. We now have three points and this is really important. The next match will be very tactical and difficult,” Jose Rodriguez, Ecuador coach.

“We were delighted about the win in the dressing room because we knew Honduras were strong opponents. We were really focused from the outset,”

“As for whether I shone as an individual, I’m not bothered about that. We have three points; that’s the main thing. This was an important step for us.” Pervis Estupinan

Source : Fifa