Ecuador beats Uruguay to secure first win in FIFA World Cup qualifier

Michael Estrada
Michael Estrada

QUITO, Oct. 14 : Michael Estrada scored a brace as Ecuador beat Uruguay 4-2 here on Tuesday to secure its first win in the South American 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Moises Caicedo gave the hosts an ideal start at Rodrigo Paz Delgado stadium when he connected with Angel Mena’s swinging cross with a flicked header that left goalkeeper Martin Campana with no chance.

Estrada then struck in first-half stoppage time by pouncing on a clumsy Diego Godin clearance to dispatch a low first-time shot past Campana.

The Toluca forward netted again with a long-range effort just after the restart, before Gonzalo Plata’s tame strike rolled in off Campana’s right glove.

Luis Suarez pulled back two late goals for Uruguay from the penalty spot: first after Diego Palacios brought down Jonathan Rodriguez and then following Christian Noboa’s poor challenge on Ronald Araujo.

Ecuador began its campaign last Thursday with a 1-0 defeat to Argentina in Buenos Aires while Uruguay started with a 2-1 home win over Chile on the same day.

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