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World Cup 2014: Ecuador beats Honduras 2-1 in Curitiba to keep World Cup hopes alive



A goal in each half from striker Enner Valencia gave Ecuador a 2-1 win over Honduras in World Cup group E on Saturday morning to boost its hopes of making the last 16.

France tops the group with six points while Ecuador and Switzerland each have three. Honduras has now lost twice and are facing likely elimination.

Honduras did at least have the satisfaction of scoring its first goal at a World Cup finals since 1982 when striker Carlo Costly drove home after 31 minutes to put them 1-0 up.

The advantage was short lived because Valencia levelled the score only three minutes later. The striker slid in at the far post after a shot from defender Juan Carlos Paredes was deflected across the face of goal.

Honduras thought it had taken the lead again on the stroke of half-time. Costly headed against the bar and his fellow striker Jerry Bengtson bundled the rebound over the line but his effort was ruled out for handball by Australian referee Benjamin Williams.

Valencia, no relation of Ecuador's captain Antonio Valencia, grabbed his second goal of an entertaining game with a downward header from a freekick after 65 minutes.

He was also on target in Ecuador's 2-1 defeat by Switzerland in their opening game.

Ecuador, which reached the last 16 in 2006, faces the rampant French in its last group game while Switzerland meets Honduras. France beat Switzerland 5-2 earlier on Saturday morning.

Honduras, at its third finals, has yet to win a World Cup game.




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