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Ecuador ease past Honduras


Ecuador completed a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Honduras with a dominant performance in their Group D opener. Yeison Guerrero opened the scoring with a stunning goal in the opening minutes, before Pervis Estupinan's first half penalty and Joan Cortez's finish 15 minutes from time completed the victory despite Foslyn Grant's late consolation.

It was Guerrero's early stunner which set the tone for the rest of the game. The No10 received the ball in the middle of the park, turned away from his marker and found space around 25 yards from goal. He unleashed a dipping, swerving strike that flew past Henry Mashburn in the Honduran goal, leaving him no chance.

It did not take too long for Ecuador to double their advantage. Washington Corozo burst into the Honduran box and his attempted cross was blocked by Allan Rivera's stray hand. Estupinan, with a slight stutter in the run-up, hit the penalty calmly just right of centre, with Mashburn diving the wrong way. 

Just before the interval, an Estupinan free kick was blocked by Mashburn, with Renny Jaramillo seemingly certain to score. However, the Weston Fury stopper kept the midfielder out with an inspired save. 

The South American side sealed the points with time ticking away. Jhon Pereira dazzled the Honduran defence with a number of stepovers before Estupinan touched the ball away and slammed a low cross into the box. Cortez, up from the back, threw himself at the ball and it trickled over the line.

Honduran fans had something to celebrate in the closing stages as Grant worked his way into the Ecuadorean penalty area, took Estupinan one way before shimmying the other and slammed the ball home.

There was no dramatic comeback from the CONCACAF side though, who face Belgium on Wednesday while Ecuador - leaders of the embryonic Group D - face Mali in the day's later kick off.

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