Ecudaor 2-2 Peru: Miller Bolanos and Enner Valencia strike to salvage point in Arizona
- Goals from Christian Cueva and Edison Flores put Peru 2-0 ahead early on
- But Ecuador battled back, with Enner Valencia scoring before half-time
- Miller Bolanos netted the equaliser in the 48th minute to secure a point
- Ecuador had Gabriel Achilier sent off in second-half stoppage time
Ecuador battled back from two goals down to keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Copa America alive.
Goals from Enner Valencia and Miller Bolanos rescued a 2-2 draw for Gustavo Quinteros’ side, who had fallen 2-0 behind after early strikes from Christian Cueva and Edison Flores.
The result leaves Ecuador on two points from two games, while Peru now have four points ahead of their final group game against Brazil, who thrashed Haiti 7-1 earlier in the evening.
Miller Bolanos (left) gives a thumbs up after scoring Ecuador’s equalising goal against Peru on Wednesday
Bolanos (second from right) celebrates with his team-mates after making it 2-2 early in the second half
Enner Valencia got a goal back for Ecuador before half-time when he controlled the ball before volleying home
West Ham forward Valencia grabs the ball and runs back to his own half after netting Ecudaor’s first goal
Ecuador: Dominguez, Paredes (Jaime Ayovi 46), Achilier, Mina Meza, Walter Ayovi, Gruezo, Noboa, Antonio Valencia, Bolanos (Martinez 62), Montero (Cazares 88), Enner Valencia
Subs not used: Banguera, Erazo, Ramirez, Gaibor, Arroyo, Mena, Larrea, Arboleda, Dreer
Sent off: Achilier
Goals: Valencia 39, Bolanos 48
Peru: Gallese, Revoredo, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco, Tapia, Vilchez (Ruidiaz 73), Hohberg (Polo 50), Cueva, Flores (Yotun 79), Guerrero
Subs not used: Penny, Corzo, Balbin, Da Silva, Alfageme, Abram, Benavente, Cespedes, Caceda
Goals: Cueva 5, Flores 13
Referee: Wilmar Roldan Perez (Colombia)
Paolo Guerrero, Peru’s all-time leading goalscorer, came close to opening the scoring inside 50 seconds but saw his shot saved by Alexander Dominguez after he was played in by Flores.
But it didn’t take long for Dominguez to be beaten as Cueva tucked the ball through Gabriel Achilier’s legs before firing a low shot out of the goalkeeper’s reach and into the back of the net.
Ecuador were struggling to get into the game and it took just eight more minutes for Peru to double their lead when Flores pulled off a clever turn on the edge of the box and drilled the ball into the far corner.
Renzo Revoredo could’ve made it 3-0, but he headed a free-kick wide when he really should’ve hit the target and tested Dominguez.
Eciador got themselves back into the game in the 38th minute when Premier League duo Antonio and Enner Valencia combined for their first goal of the evening.
The Manchester United winger picked out his namesake with a lofted ball which the West Ham forward controlled on his chest before lashing a volley beyond Peru keeper Pedro Gallese.
Peru’s Christian Cueva (second from right) celebrates after giving his country the lead against Ecuador
Cueva avoided a challenge from Ecuador’s Walter Ayovi (left) to give Peru the lead in the fifth minute
And Ecuador needed just three minutes of the second half to find an equaliser, as Jefferson Montero found himself in space on the left before picking out Bolanos who finished into an empty net.
Swansea winger Montero tested Gallese with a powerful strike in the 58th minute, while Jaime Ayovi also called him into action with a shot in the 70th minute.
Both sides pushed for a winner, but Ecudaor ended the game with 10 men after Achilier received a second yellow card shortly before the full-time whistle.
Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez watches on helplessly as Cueva’s shot heads towards his net
Peru’s Edison Flores (left) wheels away to celebrate after putting his country 2-0 up in just the 13th minute