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FIFA World Cup: Ecuador comes from behind to beat Honduras 2-1

CURITIBA, Brazil: Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup.   Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E
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India TV News Desk 21 Jun 2014, 05:53 AM IST
CURITIBA, Brazil: Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup.
  


Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a game remaining against group-leading France, which has tallied eight goals and conceded two in a pair of dominating wins.
  
Honduras took the lead in the 31st minute with its first goal at the World Cup in 32 years when Carlo Costly latched onto a long ball following a misjudgment from Ecuador defender Jorge Guagua. The goal ended a 511-minute drought that stretched back to the 1982 tournament.
  
Valencia equalized three minutes later, tapping in with his left foot from close range after Brayan Beckeles had failed to clear a cross from the right.
  
Honduras applied more of the pressure leading up to halftime and nearly took the lead. A fierce free kick in injury time from Victor Bernandex forced a good save from Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.
  
Honduras got the ball in the Ecuador net seconds before the break when a Costly header rebounded off the post into the path of his strike partner, Jerry Bengtson. The goal was disallowed, apparently for a hand ball.
  
The second half was far less-frenzied than the opening 45 minutes and Valencia's winner came in the 65th minute when he out-jumped the Honduras defense to head home a left-sided free kick from Walter Ayovi.
  
Valencia's goals, which take his tournament tally to three, made up for a glaring miss earlier in the match that would have given Ecuador an early lead. He blasted over the Honduras bar when through on goal.
  
Honduras, which has never won a World Cup match, isn't completely out of contention but faces an uphill battle ahead of its last group game against Switzerland, which lost 5-2 to France earlier Friday.


 
   
 

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