Ecuador Debut With Narrow Win Over Peru

In the inaugurating match of the South American U-20 Championship, Ecuador edged Peru 2-1 with a first half double from Joao Rojas...

Two headed goals from Joao Rojas were the difference as Ecuador picked up a valuable 2-1 victory over Peru in the inaugurating match of the South American U-20 World Cup in Maturin, Venezuela.

Rojas put Ecuador ahead in the 3rd minute when he took advantage of a defensive blunder with a fine header.

The goal gave Ecuador huge confidence, and they went looking for more as the Peruvians defended in numbers.

In the 22nd minute Rojas doubled Ecuador's lead with another smart header, and it seemed like his side were cruising to a comfortable victory.

But Peru pulled a goal back six minutes later when Juan Jose Barros fired in a penalty kick.

Towards the end of the half Ecuador almost restored their advantage, but a fine attempt from Fidel Martinez was well saved by Peru goalkeeper Eder Hermoza.

After the break Ecuador took command of the match, and they created several opportunities to extend their lead.

But it was Peru who came closest to scoring, with a clear-cut effort from Adrian Zela that was incredibly missed.

In the final minutes Ecuador almost found the back of the net with a dangerous free-kick from Jefferson Montero.

Ecuador were well worth their narrow 2-1 victory over Peru, and will be hoping to progress to the decisive round of the competition.

Match Stats: Peru 1-2 Ecuador

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