The debutant defense Felix torres and the scorer Michael Estrada contributed so many this Thursday for the Ecuador’s 2-0 win over Paraguay, in the South American qualifiers and that allows the “Tricolor” to rise in the standings by accumulating 12 points. Torres, with a fantastic header in the 87th minute, and Estrada, in the last action of the match, were in charge of breaking the well-structured defensive system rehearsed by Paraguay.
The match was intense for a cold and calculating Ecuador, as well as for the Paraguayans, who resorted to everything in order to preserve the undefeated as a visitor. But it was not enough for them before the total surrender of the Ecuadorian team urged for a victory to appease the criticism for the 1-2 defeat in the previous qualifying match against Peru, in Quito. The offensive pressure with which Ecuador came out on the opposite zone was responded by Paraguay with defensive pressure from several of its elements on the attackers who were preparing to receive the ball, thus dismantling most of the opposing attacks. The defensive proposal of the Paraguayan coach, Argentine Eduardo Berizzo, was always backed by the effort of his attackers Ángel Romero and Luis Amarilla, who ended up running even with exaggeration during the first half. The Ecuadorian insistence ended up creating fissures in the opposing defense, but their attackers lacked a timely shot or precision in the final shot. Paraguay arrived little in the area defended by Ecuador during the first half, and Amarilla’s shots were weak or ended up in the hands of goalkeeper Hernán Galíndez.
The teams returned to the pitch with the same proposals: Ecuador insisting with its attacks without having clarity and the Paraguayan team seeking to control everything in an orderly manner. All the free throws close to Antony Silva’s frame came out without any danger. The clearest goal opportunity that Ecuador generated came from defender Castillo, who precisely enabled the attacker Mena, who from a short distance shot over the crossbar, in the 72nd minute.
The loss of time was another of the “arguments” to which Paraguay constantly resorted, its players stayed on the ground taking advantage of the fact that the Uruguayan referee Andrés Matonte did not order the entry of the orderlies to quickly resume the match.
The insistence and the Ecuadorian perseverance paid off in the 87th minute, with a splendid head blow from close range, against the center of Pervis Estupiñán, who came from the left side and fell behind the opposing defenders. Finding themselves at a disadvantage, Paraguay came out of the confinement, which was taken advantage of by the locals who in a quick attack found Estrada well outlined on the right, who inflated the net with a low shot, in the 95th minute.
Ecuador plans to face the Chilean national team next Sunday in Quito in the qualifying rounds for Qatar 2022.