Monday, August 8, 2011

Sub-20: Ecuador Qualify To The Round of 16

On Saturday Ecuador faced Costa Rica for their third and decisive match of the U-20 World Cup. Ecuador needed to win this match in order to directly qualify for the round of 16 and not wait for other results.

Ecuador Jersey Source: El Comercio
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Vizuete put the same players on the pitch for this game but made two changes. He put in Deportivo Quito's Dixon Arroyo for the suspended Ona and Barcelona's starlet Bryan De La Torre for Juan Govea.

Bryan De La Torre was a crucial component that led to the Ecuadorian victory. He participated in Ecuador's first two goals with his speed and agility. De La Torre did what Govea failed to do in the past two games, link up with his supporting defender and take turns going forward.The most important part of this game was that our forwards finally found the back of the net,especially Marlon De Jesus. This gave them confidence which they will need for the round of 16.
The two central midfielders are still struggling to support the attacking field as oppose to play a few yards from the defense. What they need to be are box to box midfielders that recover possession in the defense as well as feed the ball to the forwards with precision.
Ecuador will face the U-19 European champions France on Wednesday. Hopefully the midfield problem will be fixed by then and our forwards will continue scoring goals by then. The victory is not impossible, after all Colombia did put 4 past them and still managed to miss a penalty.

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