(EFE) – With goals from Moisés Caicedo, Gonzalo Plata and a double from Michael Estrada, Ecuador beat Uruguay 4-2 on Tuesday on the second day of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup, in which Luis Suárez became , with 24 goals, in the highest historical scorer of the contest.
From the beginning of the match, Ecuador launched itself in search of goals. The persistence of La Tri gave its first fruits in the 14th minute, when Ángel Mena raised a cross so that the rookie Caicedo, 18, could jump with precision and with a slight brush he deflected the trajectory of the ball, which ended at the bottom of the goal .
That goal forced Uruguay to leave its confinement and generate danger in the local goal. In the 18th minute, Luis Suárez scored, but Colombian referee Wilmar Roldán, with the help of VAR, verified that Brian Rodríguez had given the pass in an advanced position.
Ecuador was able to increase the count at 35, but Roldán corroborated with the VAR that Enner Valencia, at the time of contesting the ball with Diego Godín, brushed the ball with his hand, so that Estrada’s celebration was canceled.
Ecuador closed the first half with another action of prominence by Mena, which forced the failure of Godín who barely managed to reject the ball, which Estrada took advantage of to make it 2-0 in minute 45 + 3.
Uruguay scored at 48 through Darwin Núñez, but the VAR annulled the goal for touching the ball with his hand.
Ecuador took advantage of another great action in which their historic striker Enner Valencia gave a short cue pass to Estrada, who scored the third in the 52nd minute.
The fourth Ecuadorian goal was pure fantasy: Alan Franco filtered a short pass to Plata that dominated the ball, eluded Bentancur and with a soft touch to the other side of the goalkeeper Campaña sent the ball to the back of the net at minute 75.
Uruguay discounted at 83 after a foul by defender Diego Palacios inside the local area, in which referee Roldán resorted to VAR to sanction the penalty and Suárez scored with a shot to the right side of goalkeeper Domínguez.
Shortly after, past South American U-20 striker Leonardo Campana, who had replaced Estrada, crashed a shot in the left vertical.
Uruguay’s second goal came at the end of the game, in the 95th minute, with another penalty by defender Javier Arreaga, which Suárez was in charge of turning into a goal, his 24th in the history of the South American qualifiers.