Ecuador overwhelms Venezuela 4-1

Christian Benitez and Walter Ayovi scored two goals each in the

first half as Ecuador defeated Venezuela 4-1 in a friendly


Benitez, a top scorer with Mexican club Santos Laguna, notched

both goals in the first five minutes. Ayovi, who also plays in

Mexico with Monterrey, added two more, one in the 44th and another

in first-half stoppage time.

Giancarlo Maldonado scored in the 48th for Venezuela.

Both clubs are warming up for next year’s South American

championship, the Copa America, in which Argentina and Brazil will

be the favorites.