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Ecuador, England In Four Goal Stalemate

Ecuador and England played to an entertaining 2-2 draw in an international friendly at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Wednesday

It was a rather dull start to the match, but it soon sprang into life when Ecuador took the lead in the eighth minute.

An inch perfect cross from the left wing by Walter Ayovi was superbly headed home by Enner Valencia from eight-yards out, leaving Ben Foster rooted to the spot, 1-0.

England nearly hit back three minutes later when a cheeky through-ball from Wayne Rooney saw Luke Shaw behind the Ecuador defence, but his shot from an acute angle on the left was well-saved by the keeper.

In the 17th minute Gruezo showed some great skill on the edge of the box, beating two English defenders before seeing his curling effort saved by Foster.

Foster had to come to England’s rescue again four minutes later when he rushed off his line to deny Montero in a one-on-one situation.

Frank Lampard came close to finding the equaliser for England in the 25th minute when he unleashed a thunderous 25-yard shot which was magnificently tipped over the crossbar by the keeper.

Four minutes later Rooney did restore parity for England, in fortuitous fashion.

A cross from the right resulted in a goalmouth scramble inside the Ecuador box which Rickie Lambert managed to backheel onto the post from close range, Rooney was then quickest to react as he poked the ball home from a yard out, 1-1.

England finished the half the stronger of the two sides and Rooney came close to scoring his second in the 35th minute when he touched a low left-wing cross inches wide from 16-yards out.

Two minutes before the break Rooney tried his luck again, this time from roughly 20-yards out, but his shot was well-saved by the keeper.

The start of the second half saw England come out firing and they took the lead in the 51st minute.

Ross Barkley produced a great run, beating three players, before playing Lambert into space 16-yards out and he produced a great low finish with the outside of the his right-boot into the bottom left-hand corner, 2-1.

Ecuador nearly hit back in the 67th minute when a quick counter-attack resulted in the ball being squared to Valencia 12-yards out, but his miss-hit shot struck the post before being cleared.

Three minutes later Ecuador did find the equaliser when second half substitute Michael Arroyo, who had only been on the field for 90 seconds, unleashed an unstoppable shot from 24-yards out that found the top right-hand corner, 2-2.

The game ended on a rather sour note when both Antonio Valencia and Raheem Sterling received straight red cards for a little dust up in the 78th minute.

That took the sting out of the game as they sides settle for the draw.


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