FIFA WORLD CUP

Miyagi Stadium, Miyaki, Japan

Referee: Mourad Daami

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Mexico

  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 28'
  • Gerardo Torrado 57'

2 - 1

FT

Ecuador

  • Agustín Delgado 5'
  • 92'

    Ecuador were disappointing until that final spell when Tenorio and Aguinaga came on. Maybe they scored too early, but they were very unambitious for 70 minutes and left Delgado isolated.

  • 92'

    Another impressive performance from the Mexicans - they passed the ball very well. They may need a point against Italy - it will be interesting to see how they do

  • 92'

    It is. Full time and Torrado's strike ensures it finishes Mexico 2 Ecuador 1. Mexico are top of the group with six points, Ecuador are all but out

  • 92'

    Tenorio dispossessed - is Ecuador's chance gone?

  • 92'

    And that's Blanco's final touch - he's subbed and Mercado comes on

  • 91'

    Blanco plays a one-two with Luna, and goes for the corner. Cevallos dives and pushes it away for a corner

  • 91'

    Delgado is involved on the left wing, but the move comes to nothing

  • 91'

    Three minutes are added as Aguinaga puts it into the Mexico box

  • 90'

    Delgado's back header could find Tenorio with room to shoot... but Vidrio stretches well to clear

  • 89'

    Offside given against Chala - he seems furious. Ecuador's late pressure probably won't be wnough now

  • 88'

    Hernandez's cross is headed behind for a corner

  • 87'

    Delgado appears to be booked now. No idea why.

  • 86'

    Mexico chage - Caballero replaces Rodriguez

  • 86'

    Delgado wins a header, Aguinaga gathers and lays it back for Ayovi. He sidefoots from the edge of the box, Perez doesn't even move and it rolls just past the post

  • 85'

    Tenorio crosses, but again it's not the best but it comes back to De La Cruz who puts the ball in. Perez appears to be in the wrong poistion - he's flailing - and then he stretches to gather it

  • 84'

    De La Cruz crosses towards Delgado - it's just too high and Arellano puts it out for a throw

  • 83'

    The short corner made little sense there - Ecuador's main threat has come through Delgado's height

  • 82'

    But they take a short corner - eventutally Mendez shoots and Perez gathers

  • 82'

    Guerron's long ball - pass, shot or cross? - is deflected for a corner

  • 81'

    That was the closest Ecuador have come to an equaliser

  • 81'

    Ecuador counter, Torrado plays a superb one-two with Aguinaga and he shoots.... Perez gets a foot to it and it goes just wide

  • 80'

    Blanco finds Hernandez and Rodriguez is free at the far post... but the pass is cut out

  • 79'

    Ecuador put it forward again, but they're not finding Delgado often enough

  • 78'

    Hernandez's first touch, but he can't win a corner

  • 77'

    Mexico do make the change - on comes France 98 hero Hernandez for Borgetti. Straight swap in attack

  • 76'

    De La Cruz can cross... but that's a very poor effort by the Hibs man and it goes behind

  • 76'

    And the veteran Luis Hernandez is warming up for Mexico

  • 75'

    Ecuador are beginning to press - Chala goes down but doesn't get a free kick

  • 73'

    Morales rounds De La Cruz superbly, but his cross is behind everyone. Ecuador clear

  • 72'

    Torrado's standing close to Aguinago when Ecuador have the ball - they know he's a danger man

  • 71'

    Luna takes, Arellano volleys it oever his head but Vidrio can't get a shot in.

  • 71'

    Morales wins a corner now - it's all Mexico

  • 70'

    And he has another go from a very similar angle, but just inside the post. The keeper's beaten... but it hits the outside of the box

  • 69'

    Borghetti fires a shot in from the edge of the box. Powerful, but wide

  • 68'

    And Luna's in the box again, he heads it back across goal for Borghetti, who goes down. No Penalty.

  • 68'

    Luna and Morales combine well down the left agaion, Morales pulls it back and Rodriguez blasts his effort high over the bar

  • 67'

    Ecuador are looking more lively now, but if they can't equalise their World Cup could be over

  • 66'

    Guerron takes the free kick from 30 yards. he connected well but it was straight at Perez

  • 65'

    The goalscorer Torrado becomes the latest player booked for a foul on De La Cruz

  • 64'

    Great sprint through from Tenorio to win a corner, but it's cleared

  • 64'

    Morales crosses for Rodriguez, but Hurtado robs Borghetti

  • 63'

    Chala makes a break, he finds Delgado who turns his man and goes down... but no free kick is given.

  • 63'

    Torrado wins the ball back for Mexico - he's had an excellent game

  • 62'

    Mexico could expolit the extra space they have to score a third and kill this game off

  • 61'

    Borghetti's header finds Luna, who lays it off to Blanco... but the shot is blocked

  • 61'

    Carlos Tenoriao is booked now for a late linge on Rodriguez

  • 60'

    Great backheel from Blanco - whe's got a few more trick he might try

  • 59'

    Can Ecuador's best player for a decade prove their saviour here against the country where he plays?

  • 58'

    And Gomez responds by bringing on the veteran Aguinaga for Obregon

  • 58'

    Obregon has a go from long range - and he finds the roof of the net

  • 58'

    The pressure's on Ecuador now - they really have to attack

  • 56'

    GOAL! A terrific finsh from Torrado. He found the bottom corner with a left-footed effort. Just reward for Mexico

  • 56'

    Blanco lays it off to Torrado, 25 yards out. he could shoot here...

  • 56'

    Tenorio brings down Vidrio - at least he;s getting involved

  • 55'

    Ecuador break with the substitute and he wins a throw on - about as goof as it's got for them

  • 54'

    A disappointing performance from the highly-rated Kaviedes, but he's really had very little service

  • 53'

    Second change for Ecuador - on comes Carlos Tenario, off goes Kaviedes.

  • 53'

    Morales puts in a cross, but it's easy for Cevallo. As every, Ecuador quickly concede possession.

  • 52'

    Kaviedes tries to run at Mexico, but he is tackled - Mexico win the ball back again

  • 51'

    Mexico are on top again this half - little threat from Ecuador apart from Delgado

  • 50'

    He goes for the curler... but it;s past the far post

  • 49'

    The free kick is on the corner of the penalty box. It could be Luna...

  • 48'

    Arellano cuts inside Guerron and the centre back tugs him back - yellow card.

  • 48'

    Ecuador concede possession again. Hurtado was the culprit that time

  • 47'

    Torrado wins the bacll back for Mexico and Aguirre's side are getting their passing game going again

  • 46'

    Delgado and Kaviedes start the half for Ecuador

  • 46'

    Can either side find a winner in the second half? Mexico looked the more likely before the break

  • 45'

    Half-time, and plenty of work for Hernan Dario Gomez to do in the Ecuador dressing roon. Delgado gave Ecuador the lead but Borghetti scored a deserved equaliser for the Mexicans and they must be the favourites to win it.

  • 45'

    Carmona does well to intercept Obregon's pass to Delgado - but a better ball and the striker would have been through on goal.

  • 45'

    Brief spell of Ecuador possession, but they don't look too convincing. One minute's injury time is signalled.

  • 44'

    Important interception from Poroso to prevent Blanco finding Luna. An excellent move though, with Luna involved three times, picking up the ball and then making a run.

  • 42'

    Luna almost slides in on a cross now. Again. it's Cevallos' ball, but the Mexicans continue to threaten.

  • 42'

    Ecuador need to defend deep because their centre backs seem to lack pace, but they need to get further forward to stop inviting more pressure from Mexico. A dilemma for boss Gomez.

  • 41'

    This time Rodriguez is onside. He stuimbles, gets up and passes to Blanco, whose effort is saved

  • 40'

    but Mexico have the ball again and Blanco tries to slide it through to Borghetti. Cevallos does well to claim

  • 40'

    ... and Mexico work it back to Arellano again. He chips in a little cross but Cevallos gathers.

  • 39'

    Torrado crosses and it's just too long for Luna, who was in a bit of space. Arellano retrieves.

  • 38'

    Mexico are in the rhythm of their passing game while Ecuador are less fluent. They haven't recovered from the goal yet.

  • 38'

    Morales wins a free kick on the touchline. Blanco takes but it goes over Luna's head and straight to Cevallos

  • 37'

    Luna has a chance to play Morales in... but it's a poor ball.

  • 36'

    Like Croatia before them, Ecuador are struggling to pick up Blanco. Ostensibly a striker, he seems to have livence to roam wherever he wants to

  • 36'

    Ayovi starts by conceding a free kick, but nothing comes of it

  • 35'

    Marlon Ayovi comes on for Ecuador to replace Edwin Tenorio.

  • 34'

    It looks like there will be a change here...

  • 34'

    It's end-o-end stuff as Luna breaks for Mexico, but Rodriguez's pass eludes Borghetti

  • 33'

    Kaviedes makes a little break, he's tackled but it falls for Obregon to have a crack from 25 yards... but he misses the goal by some way

  • 32'

    Delgado wins another header in the Mexico box but there aren't enoguh team-mates supporting him.

  • 31'

    Rodriguez and Blacno involved again. Blanco crosses and Lun's looping header goes across goal and wide - he may have been looking for a team-mate at the far post

  • 30'

    Blanco comes deep to get the ball, swivel and pass and ROdriguez was almost past the last man there. Ecuador clear.

  • 30'

    And can Ecuador bounce back? They surely need to be a bit more adventurous

  • 28'

    1-1. Mexico's first real chance and they are level. Brghetti missed a couple of sitters against Croatia but he made no mistake there

  • 28'

    They have now! Morales breaks down the left, whips in a low cross and Borgetti sidefoots past Cevallos. GOAL!

  • 27'

    Torrado is pulling the strings in the centre of the pitch for Mexico - but they haven't found the final ball yet

  • 27'

    Yellow card! Cevallos for time-wasting. Only 64 minutes more to waste..

  • 26'

    Blanco overhits his cross - De La Cruz can reach it.

  • 25'

    ... and they still haven't. Torrado chips it in and Luna flicks a volley - was it a pass or a shot? - wide

  • 24'

    Mexico are having all the pressure, but they haven't managed a shot on target yet.

  • 23'

    Blacno looks to find Borghetti - again there isn't enuogh room between the back four and the keeper for Mexico to exploit

  • 22'

    Rodriguez's solo run. Mexico were stronger down the left in their opening game but look as dangerous down the right here with Arellano and Rodriguez.

  • 21'

    Ecuador mount a rare attack with Chala but the Southampton reserve is unable to baet Vidrio. Goal kick.

  • 20'

    Torrado spreads play really well to Morales - he finds Blanco, but the striker is outnumbered and dispossessed

  • 19'

    Morales has a chance to alucnh a long throw - it comes across to Arellano, but it's an Ecuador goal kick

  • 18'

    Morales whips it in left-footed,but it goes all the way through to Cevallos.

  • 17'

    Rodriguez is brought down on the edge of the box - Guerron brought him down. Minor dose of handbags thereafter - did Rodriguez use his elbow.

  • 16'

    Dlegado wins another header - Mexico can't deal with his aerial ability.

  • 15'

    Kavides fouls Carmona and the Ecudaor forward is cautioned. A bit of a needless tug there

  • 14'

    Ecuador, playing 4-4-2, are getting eight outfield players behind the ball whenever Mexico attack - perhaps the Mexicans need to break quicker

  • 13'

    Bright play by Kaviedes and he looks for Delgado on the penalty spot- Vidrio just comes across to cover

  • 12'

    Torrado is brought down by Obregon. Mexico free kick.

  • 11'

    It's all Mexico, but they're 1-0 down. A strange start but superb for unfancied Ecuador. They're right back in this group.

  • 10'

    Rodriguez goes down in the box. No danger of a penalty, though.

  • 10'

    Blanco finds Borghetti again - the striker could have a chance to shoot here - but Poroso shepherds it back to the keeper.

  • 9'

    Blanco comes deep for the ball again, he passes to Borghetti, but his pass is over-hit. Goal kick.

  • 8'

    Blacno finds Borghetti, but Obregon nips in well to win the ball.

  • 8'

    Ecuador have scarcely had the ball, but they lead. They've little reason to come out of defence now.

  • 6'

    Brilliant move, though - the first we've seen from Arellano- he's offering pace and movement from the right

  • 6'

    Arellano finds Blanco, plays a one-two and Arellano bursts through to shoot... but it's a tame effort.

  • 6'

    Are you watching, Gordon Strachan?

  • 5'

    GOAL! Cevallos got a hand to it, but Delgado's header was too powerful. Ecuador lead.

  • 5'

    De la Cruz crosses from the right with his left foot, Delgado rises well...

  • 4'

    Kaviedes robbed Vidrio but Mexico recovered to win back the ball.

  • 4'

    Ecuador are content to stand deep and allow the Mexican defenders to pass it around among each other.

  • 3'

    Blanco will take... But Guerron heads it away.

  • 2'

    And Rodriguez wins a free kick for Mexico near the rigth touchline

  • 1'

    Early possession for Mexico. Delgado breifly wins it back but Aguirre's side have it again.

  • 1'

    It's Blanco and Borghetti to kick off for the Mexicans...

  •  

    Alex Aguinaga isn't fit enough to start for Ecuador while Mexico leave the veteran midfielder Garcia Aspe on the bench again.

  •  

    Mexico can all but secure qualification with a win, Ecuador will be on the brink of elimination. But an Ecuador win would put all four sides on three points. Mexico are favourites but will there be another shock?

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Mexico

  • 12(7)

  • -

  • 9

  • 70%

    30%

  • Ecuador

  • 7(4)

  • -

  • 17

Match Stats

  • Mexico
  • Ecuador
12(7) Shots (on goal) 7(4)
9 Fouls 17
3 Corner kicks 3
7 Offsides 2
70% Time of Possession 30%
1 Yellow Cards 5
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4
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