Ecuador beats Portugal 3-2 in friendly
Felipe Caicedo scored a 70th-minute winner as Ecuador beat
Portugal 3-2 in a friendly Wednesday, extending the European
Championship semifinalist’s winless streak to four games.
Caicedo was unmarked on the edge of the penalty area when he
fired a powerful left-foot shot as defensive errors cost the
The result was a setback for Portugal coach Paulo Bento who
wanted his team to bounce back after losing 1-0 in Russia and
drawing 1-1 against Northern Ireland in its last two World Cup
qualifying games, as well as being held 2-2 by Gabon in an
exhibition match. Ecuador is unbeaten in its last four matches.
Antonio Valencia put the visitor ahead just three minutes into
the match, the Manchester United winger heading in at the back post
as goalkeeper Eduardo failed to collect Jefferson Montero’s cross
from the left.
Cristiano Ronaldo had two chances either side of Valencia’s
strike before finding the net in the 23rd. The Portugal captain
received a flicked back-heel pass from Real Madrid teammate Fabio
Coentrao and sent his marker the wrong way to volley unopposed into
the far corner of the net.
Helder Postiga put Portugal ahead for the first time in the 60th
as the hosts’ second-half dominance paid off. But two minutes later
right back Joao Pereira deflected the ball past Eduardo in a clumsy
back-pass as Portugal’s backline blunders mounted.
Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela came close to leveling
the score when he headed against the woodwork in the 89th.
But the home defense looked ragged again as Christian Benitez
hit wide of an empty Portuguese net in a counter-attack in injury