The Venezuelan team defeated Ecuador 2-1 this Sunday on the fifth day of the qualifying rounds for Qatar 2022, postponed by the pandemic, which led to the reencounter of Vinotinto with victory eleven months later and that embittered the good path taken by the Tri to the World Cup.
The locals, full of doubts, with an interim coach -Leonardo González- and without their great star, Yeferson Soteldo, lost at the last minute, jumped onto the field to face a rival who had just won Bolivia.
Beyond the problems accumulated during the last few days, Venezuela was about to take off the “Cinderella” poster in front of a Tri that came hungry for victory to consolidate its good streak, which made the first 45 minutes a one-way duel. back, with chances for both teams.
However, the controversy was the protagonist of the first goal, the result of a rigorous penalty committed by Adrián Martínez on Gonzalo Plata, which was extensively reviewed in the VAR by the Uruguayan referee Andrés Cunha.
Enner Valencia launched from eleven meters a hard shot, at medium height and to the left of goalkeeper Wuilker Faríñez, who, despite guessing the Ecuadorian’s intention, was unable to prevent the first goal of the match.
Nor did Vinotinto lower its arms then, which continued looking for spaces behind the backs of its rivals. His prize came in the 45th minute, when the hyperactive Eduard Bello received a filtered pass into the area and, almost on the baseline, gave the ball back.
Darwin Machís found him there, much smarter than the Ecuadorian defense, who, in the center of the small area, pushed the ball into the nets to the delight of the scant Venezuelan fans present in the stadium.
After passing through the changing rooms, the dynamics changed little, with Venezuela that seemed to progressively gain control of the game and the spaces.
As a result of that control came the great surprise when, in the 63rd minute, Bello launched a very long free kick from the right side that the Ecuadorian goalkeeper did not expect.
Goalkeeper Moisés Ramírez reacted late and badly to end up becoming the necessary accomplice of a goal that few suspected.
Then began a block defense of the Vinotinto in which its goalkeeper, Wuilker Faríñez, once again became the hero of his team, after not playing the previous day against Brazil.
The match was closed by coach González, introducing a central defender more than many centimeters long, Jhon Chancellor, in order to consolidate the result and for Venezuela to find victory again eleven months after beating Chile.
In this way, Venezuela has seven points and remains last in the group, while Ecuador remains third pending what Uruguay does, fourth ranked with the same points and one game less.
– Data sheet:
2. Venezuela: Wuilker Faríñez; Ronald Hernández, Nahuel Ferraresi, Adrián Martínez, Oscar González; Tomás Rincón (m.77, Junior Moreno), José Martínez, Darwin Machís (m.90, Jan Carlos Hurtado), Eduard Bello (m.87, Cristian Cásseres Jr), Adalberto Peñaranda (m.87, Jhon Chancellor); Eric Ramírez (m.77, Fernando Aristeguieta).
Coach: Leonardo González.
1. Ecuador: Moisés Ramírez; Piero Hincapié, Félix Torres, Robert Arboleda (m.82, Alan Franco); Pervis Estupiñán, Moisés Caicedo, Carlos Gruezo (m.88, Ayrton Preciado), Ángelo Preciado (m.64, Michael Estrada); Ángel Mena, Enner Valencia (m.64, Joao Rojas López) and Gonzalo Plata (m.82, Bryan Angulo).
Coach: Gustavo Alfaro.
Goals: 0-1, m.36: Enner Valencia, from a penalty. 1-1, m.45: Darwin Machís. 2-1, m.63: Eduard Bello.
Referee: The Uruguayan Andrés Cunha admonished Rincón, Moreno, Aristeguieta, Mena and Torres.
Incidents: match of the sixth day of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, postponed due to the pandemic, played at the Olympic Stadium of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV).