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21/06/2014 00:55, Report by Nick Coppack

Victory for Valencia

Valencia was the star of the show in Curitiba on Friday night, but it was Enner - not Antonio - who propelled Ecuador to a 2-1 World Cup win over Honduras.

The striker, who plays his club football for Pachuca in Mexico, netted either side of half-time to keep La Tri's hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive. After two games Ecuador sit second in Group E on three points, behind France - their next opponents (Wednesday 25 June, 21:00 BST) - on six points and ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

At Arena da Baixada it was Honduras who struck the first blow, following a scrappy opening period. Carlo Costly capitalised on a defensive error on 31 minutes and lashed home the ball from 18 yards. The Central Americans' lead lasted just three minutes, until Enner Valencia stole in at the back post to turn home Juan Carlos Paredes' deflected shot and level the scores. Honduras thought they'd added a second goal in first-half injury time but the effort was ruled out for handball, much to the Hondurans' chagrin.

Antonio Valencia picked up a booking on 57 minutes for a clumsy foul before Honduras had another goal ruled out just after the hour mark. This time it was for an offside infraction after Costly had drifted beyond the last defender. Two minutes later, Enner Valencia made them pay as he bagged his second goal of the game, a downward header from Walter Ayovi's wide free-kick.

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