Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ecuador 2 - Honduras 1

Carlos Costly bagged the game’s opener in the 31st minute, yet Honduras remains the only CONCACAF side sitting on zero points after falling 2-1 to Enner Valencia and Ecuador.

The two sides traded punches (some prettier than others it should be said) for much of the match, but it was Costly who opened the scoring after tracking down a bungled long ball and firing a low strike into the net.

Valencia continued his red hot start to the tournament, equalizing shortly after Costly’s goal with a poacher’s tap-in at the far post.

Honduras twice came close to taking the lead once more, Victor Bernardez had a free kick saved while Jerry Bengston played patty-cakes with a Costly shot off the bar.  I’ve been told that if you have nothing nice to say you shouldn’t say anything at all.  So, with that in mind, I’ll simply leave my analysis of Bengston at this.

Valencia struck again before full-time, climbing highest to send home a well-taken free kick at the back post and keeping Ecuadorian dreams alive in the process.

It all adds up to a riveting final day for Group E.  France only needs a point against Ecuador, which could still see Ecuador advance should Honduras grab a point against the Swiss.  Equally, Honduras could still miraculously advance with a heavy French win and their own hiding of Switzerland.  Who’s on first, indeed.

No Short Corners Man of the Match: Enner Valencia.  Two goals, gives him three so far and a place in Ecuadorian lore.

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