FILE PHOTO: Aug 12, 2021; Orlando, FL, USA; Santos Laguna defender Felix Torres (5) celebrates after defeating Orlando Metropolis SC at Exploria Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports activities
September 2, 2021
QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador scored two late targets to beat Paraguay 2-0 on Thursday, a outcome that retains them firmly within the operating for an automated qualifying spot for Qatar 2022.
The Andean aspect bounced again from a poor Copa America, the place they didn’t win any of their 5 video games, with two late targets in opposition to an unambitious Paraguayan aspect.
Felix Torres headed dwelling on the again publish with two minutes remaining then Michael Estrada scored a pleasant solo objective in damage time to seal the victory for the house aspect.
The win lifts them into second place within the 10-team South American qualifying group, forward of Argentina on objective distinction, though the Argentines tackle Venezuela afterward Thursday.
Brazil, who play Chile afterward Thursday, lead the group with six wins from six video games.
The highest 4 sides within the 10-team group qualify routinely for Qatar 2022 and the fifth-place aspect goes into an interregional playoff.
Earlier within the day, Bolivia drew 1-1 at dwelling with Colombia. One other three video games are scheduled for afterward Thursday.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; enhancing by Jane Wardell)