Fri, Nov 23, 2007 - Page 23 News List

Ecuador score five to end goal drought


Walter Ayovi and Edison Mendez each scored twice to end Ecuador's goal drought, leading them to a 5-1 victory over Peru to earn their first victory in South American World Cup qualifying and for manager Sixto Vizuete.

After being outscored 11-1 in their first three games, Ecuador -- who reached the second round at last year's World Cup -- scored twice in the first 23 minutes and cruised to a dominant win.

Vizuete was in charge for his first game since replacing Luis Fernando Saurez, who resigned after Saturday's 5-1 loss against Paraguay.

Ayovi put Ecuador ahead in the 10th minute with a free kick and Ivan Kaviedes doubled the advantage in the 23rd.

Mendez added another two minutes before half-time and both Ayovi and Mendez added second-half goals to put Ecuador 5-0 up by the 61st minute.

Andres Mendoza scored off a pass from a Jefferon Farfan in the 80th for Peru, who appeared to suffer in the altitude and remained one of two winless teams in South America along with Bolivia.

Quito is 2,800m above sea level in the Andes.

Peru are now in ninth place with two points, one point more than Bolivia.

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