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World Cup 2014

Football: Valencia double gives Ecuador new life

Published on Jun 21, 2014 8:13 AM
Ecuador's forward Enner Valencia (left) shoots and scores during a Group E football match between Honduras and Ecuador at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 Fifa World Cup on June 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

CURITIBA, BRAZIL (AFP) - Ecuador moved into second place in World Cup Group E as two goals from Enner Valencia handed them a 2-1 win over Honduras in Curitiba on Friday.

Honduras had looked on course for their first ever World Cup win when Carlo Costly fired them in front on 31 minutes, but Valencia levelled from close range just three minutes later.

And the Pachuca striker moved alongside Karim Benzema, Robin Van Persie, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben as the tournament's joint top scorer on three goals when he headed home the winner from Walter Ayovi's free-kick 25 minutes from time.

Ecuador now lead Switzerland on goal difference with both sides locked on three points after two games behind group leaders France on six.

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