Gonzalo Plata stepped onto the court in the 68th minute and in the 71st he scored a goal that seemed golden for Ecuador until in 91 the Venezuelan Ronald Hernández, who also entered as a reinforcement, scored the final 2-2 which at the same time left in problems for both rivals on the third date of Group B of the Copa América.
Hernández’s header left Vinotinto with two points in three starts and Ecuador empty-handed, which was playing its second game today after resting last Thursday.
La Tri today needed to take a turn of the wheel to change the disappointing image with which they arrived in Brazil after linking two defeats in the South American World Cup qualifiers.
And things started well today at the Nilton Santos Stadium.
A goal from Ayrton Preciado in the 38th minute opened hope but at the dawn of the second half, at minute 51, Edson Castillo left everything as in the beginning, and both rivals were in a complex situation.
And when it seemed that Gustavo Alfaro’s pupils were running out of arguments to tip the balance, the change ordered by the Argentine coach put Plata, Sporting Lisbon’s striker in the role of savior.
In a swift counterattack, the 20-year-old striker took advantage of a rebound left by goalkeeper Wuilker Fariñez to sentence the match.
And when the party seemed to be tried, Hernández appeared to seal equality.
This area, which sufficiently leads the Brazilian team after thrashing in its two presentations, and despite having a break today, remains in the second match of the schedule as an expedited highway for Colombia in pursuit of second place, or Peru in search of the recuperation.
Colombia beat Ecuador 1-0 in their debut and drew goalless on the second date with Vinotinto, which leaves them 4 points. The Peruvian Blanquirroja seeks to wash her image today in Goiania after having a break eight days ago and losing 4-0 to Brazil on Thursday.