The selection of Ecuador He achieved his first victory in the era of the Spanish coach Felix Sanchez by taking revenge against Australia (1-2) in Melbourne with a comeback included in the second half, in which he was able to sign his improvement and his superiority.
After the defeat in the first friendly in Sydney (3-1) against the ‘Socceroos’, ‘La Tri’ was able to recover from the initial goal of brandon borrello (m.16) and his lack of effectiveness before the intermission. After the break, the Ecuadorians, more intense and lively, earned a victory signed by a penalty goal that transformed Pervis Estupiñán already a big head from the rookie William Pacho after a corner kick.
The staging was promising for Ecuadorbut a mistake behind, after a ball hit the post in a distant shot from Craig Goodwinallowed Borrello beat the goal Hernan Galindeztoo much punishment for the group of Felix Sanchezwho had his options mainly through Kevin Rodríguez, but ran into the goalkeeper Joe Gauci, one of the best of the ‘Aussie’ group.
the striker of Valley Independent It was decisive, however, in the comeback. The Ecuadorian block came out more determined and intense in the second period, began to manage the game better and found the prize in a tackle from the attacker on the right, who ended up knocked down inside the area by Thomas Deng. Captain, Pervis Estupiñánhe did not waste the opportunity to tie (m.51).
Graham Arnold, local coach, sought an answer on the bench. He didn’t find her. Félix Sánchez kept the eleven before his good performance and the signature of the comeback arrived, when the Antwerp central defender finished off impeccably Willam Pacho a corner shot from Junior Sornoza (m.65) to finish off his good debut.
It was the moment in which the Spanish coach began to make a move to refresh the team, although without changing the device or the positioning, and he was able to preserve his victory with hardly any problems despite the attempts, without success and with few resources, of the ‘Socceroos’ ‘.
Ecuador, which will begin in September the dispute of the South American qualifying qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup against Argentina away and Uruguay at home, says goodbye to this Australian mini-tour with a good taste in the mouth, with a victory against a team that raised many problems for Argentina, ultimately champion, in the round of 16 Qatar 2022and with players who knock on the door of the national team, who could not count on important players such as Enner Valencia, Gonzalo Plata, José Hurtado and Carlos Gruezo in these matches.
1 – Australia: Joe Gauci, Milos Degenek, Bailey Wright, Thomas Deng (Kye Rowles, m.63), Aziz Behich (Jordan Bos, m.54), Cameron Devlin (Aiden O’Neill, m.54), Riley McGree, Jackson Irvine, Connor Metcalfe (Marco Tilio, m.63), Craig Goodwin (Garang Kuol, m.69) and Brandon Borrello (Jason Cummings, .69).
2 – Ecuador: Hernán Galíndez, Ángelo Preciado (Xavier Arreaga, m.77), Félix Torres, William Pacho, Piero Hincapié, Pervis Estupiñán, Jhegson Méndez (Ángel Mena, m.66), Moisés Caicedo, Alan Franco (José Cifuentes, m.88) , Junior Sornoza (Marco Angulo, m.66) and Kevin Rodríguez (Michael Estrada, m.75).
Goals: 1-0, M.16: Brandon Borrello. 1-1, M.51: Estupiñán, penalty. 1-2, M.65: William Pacho.
Referee: Chae Sang Hyeop (KOR). He admonished Estupiñán (m.86) and Moisés Caicedo (m.90).
Incidents: friendly match played at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne before 27,103 spectators. Australia wore black armbands in memory of Manfred Schaefer, a member of the team that participated in the 1974 World Cup, who died a few hours ago.