A goal of Ronald Hernandez at 91 minutes it sealed this Sunday in Rio de Janeiro a new tie, this one by 2-2, of Venezuela in three games played in the America Cup, and spoiled the recovery plans of Ecuador, that of six possible points barely rescued one. Venezuela came limited by the outbreak of covid-19 and the injury confirmed yesterday from another star, Yangel Herrera, which already shows an infirmary with a dozen players who could make up a good starting team.
Ecuador, fresher after having a day of rest, came out to besiege the rival goal. Around the arch he dug in Venezuela, who came out again with five defenses and little tactical order in a very depleted and almost improvised team for this America Cup. Crouching, the players of the Red wine they waited for their chances on the counterattack, but were unable to find the necessary rhythm in the first half.
Either Ecuador, who searched in every possible way, showed himself capable of finding holes in the Venezuelan defense and, when they were disturbed by their rivals, they showed fragility to withdraw. The Tri was reunited with the goal in the 38th minute, when Pervis Estupiñán threw a long free kick that showed the weaknesses of a Venezuelan defense, improvised and repeatedly rebuilt by injuries and covid-19.
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After two heads, the ball reached Robert Arboleda who finished the ball, then without an owner, but Wuilker Fariñez He managed to stop it shortly before colliding with his rival, an action in which his teammates saw a foul on the goalkeeper. The rebound of the second rejection fell to Angelo Preciado, absolutely only in the small area, where, with the goalkeeper defeated after the first shots and some defenders that seemed more like spectators of luxury, he only had to push the ball to the back of the nets.
With the 0-1 and two faltering teams, the players went to the changing rooms. Just six minutes after returning to the playing field, Jose Martinez received a ball on the right wing from which he launched a cross into the area that seemed measured for the head of Edson Castillo. The Venezuelan arrived in the race and, very alone in the very center of the area, finished off with a superb header that put the ball far from the hands of Pedro Ortiz.
Shortly after, the controversy took shape again when, in a harsh lack of Enner Valencia, the Red wine He demanded that the referee show him the second yellow card. The Chilean Roberto Tobar did not listen to the complaints and the player of the Tri continued on the green. When Venezuela he played his best minutes in the tournament and had Ecuador locked in defense, Gonzalo silver reached a ball after a corner of the Red wine that smelled like goal.
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Fresh, because he had entered the field minutes before, The payment he drove the ball with great speed from his court and was alone in front of Farinez that, very skillfully, he cleared in hand-to-hand. The ball fell to Christian Noboa, also just entered the field and who had closely followed the career of his partner, who made the second shot. However, Farinez, again, cleared, but the ball fell to him The payment, a few steps from the goal line, to score the second of the game.
Ecuadorians were already celebrating victory, when José Peseiro moved his bench to introduce the most offensive team in the Red wine in this America Cup. And he was right. In the 91st minute, Edson Castillo put a center from the center of the field that the newly entered Ronald Hernandez, faster than the centrals of the Tri, finished off with a header to score the final 2-2.
It was launched then Ecuador in search of the winning goal but, again, Farinez He dressed as a superhero to close the result. With this tie, Venezuela is in third position with two points and Ecuador, which has one game less, is fourth with one.