Chile too hot for Ecuador
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chile twice came from behind to overcome Ecuador 3-2 in a thrilling game in Group B.Chile twice came from behind to overcome Ecuador 3-2 in a thrilling game in Group B.
Substitute Carlos Villanueva's late goal gave Chile an unlikely win to boost their hopes of progressing to the knock-out stages.
Wigan midfielder Antonio Valencia gave Ecuador the lead on 16 minutes with a clever chipped finish.
Chile hit back and drew level five minutes later with Humberto Suazo scoring his first goal of the contest.
Parity was short-lived as Ecuador restored their lead just two minutes later through Cristian Benitez.
Claudio Bravo kept Chile in the game with a couple of superb saves in the second half.
Chile equalised for a second time ten minutes from time with Suazo finding the net again.
Ecuador were then left stunned three minutes from time when Villanueva curled a brilliant free-kick over the wall and into the net past Cristian Mora to earn Chile the win.
Chile boss Nelson Acosta admitted his side did not play well.
"We're a good team that sometimes plays well," said Acosta.
"Today, we didn't have a good game but we muddled through."
His Ecuador counterpart Luis Fernando Suarez was left shocked by the defeat
"It was one of those games where the opponents don't beat you but you lose the game yourselves," said Suarez.