Ecuador hero Valencia living the dream

The Pachuca striker lifted his side to a vital World Cup win over Honduras on Friday in a man-of-the-match display

By Pilar Suarez in Curitiba

Ecuador hero Enner Valencia admitted to living the dream as his two goals saw off Honduras in Curitiba on Friday night.

The Pachuca forward helped his team to a vital win in Group E after Carlo Costly had put Honduras ahead after 31 minutes.

The 25-year-old was later named man of the match, after which he said: “They were goals that helped us get the three points.

“It is a joy and we are going to take it into the last match [against France].

“They are goals that one dreams about as a child and then those dreams come true thanks to the coach and this wonderful team.

“I would like to be here forever but the most important thing is the team qualify for the next stage.

“That is very important to us, we are concentrated and working on doing that.”

The win moved Ecuador into second place in the pool, level on points with third-placed Switzerland.