WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - CONMEBOL

Atahualpa, Quito

Referee: Ruiz, Oscar

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Ecuador

  • Cristian Fernando Noboa 63'
  • Cristian Fernando Noboa 63'

1 - 1

FT

Paraguay

  • Edgar Benítez Santander 90'
  • Edgar Benítez Santander 90'

Benitez snatches point

QUITO, April 1 (Reuters) - South American group leaders Paraguay scored an injury-time equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw away to Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

Substitute Edgar Benitez scored in the second minute of

injury-time after the visitors had been reduced to 10 men.

Ecuador's Cristian Noboa came off the substitutes' bench to

score for the home side the second game running.

Paraguay, who have 24 points from 12 games, remained well

on course for a fourth successive World Cup appearance after a

tough match at the Atahualpa at 2,800 metres above sea level.

Ecuador have 14 points and are still in touch with the

leading pack, although their chances have been greatly reduced

after their second successive home draw.

The first half ended in an ugly melee with riot police on

the point of entering the field.

Ecuador broke the deadlock when Noboa, who scored an 89th

minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Brazil on Sunday, headed

in from a corner in the 64th minute, two minutes after coming

on.

Paraguay were close to an equaliser in the 81st minute when

Benitez hit the post but their chances seemed to have

evaporated when defender Paulo da Silva was harshly sent off

for a foul on Cristian Benitez.

Ecuador's Edison Mendez hit the crossbar from the resulting

free kick but Paraguay rode their luck and Edgar Benitez

grabbed the equaliser after the Ecuador defence failed to clear

Salvador Cabanas' cross.

Scoring Summary

  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay

Match Stats

  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
10(3) Shots (on goal) 4(2)
10 Fouls 7
3 Corner kicks 4
2 Offsides 3
0% Time of Possession 0%
5 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 1
1 Saves 2

Teams

  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
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