Copa America: Ecuador thwart Peru’s bid to seal QF spot with 2-2 draw

  • AFP, Glendale, Arizona
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2016 10:08 IST
Enner Valencia (#13) scores Ecuador’s first goal. (AFP)

Ecuador frustrated Peru’s hopes of sealing their Copa America Centenario quarter-final berth on Wednesday, fighting back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw.

A superb strike from West Ham’s Enner Valencia and a second half effort from Brazil-based midfielder Miller Bolanos completed a gutsy fightback for Ecuador, who had earlier gone 2-0 down inside the first 13 minutes.

Peru, who had beaten Haiti in their opening Group B game on Saturday, appeared to be cruising into the last eight after the early efforts from Christian Cueva and Edison Flores.

But Ecuador’s fightback leaves Group B evenly poised heading into the final round of games.

Peru are level with Brazil on four points at the top of the standings but trail with a vastly inferior goal difference after the Brazilians’ 7-1 mauling of Haiti earlier on Wednesday.

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Peru meet Brazil in their final group game on Sunday.

Ecuador, meanwhile, are third with two points from two games, and will look to rack up a big win against Haiti on Sunday in the hopes of forcing their way into the last eight.

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