Ecuador beat Costa Rica, qualify for next round

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15 June 2006, HAMBURG - Ecuador booked an historic first ever place in the World Cup knock-out stage with a 3-0 win over Costa Rica in Hamburg Thursday, a result which also meant Germany qualified from the same Group A. Both teams have an unassailable six points after two matches, with Poland and Costa Rica on none. The result sets up a Germany-Ecuador decider in Berlin on June 20 to establish who will top the group. Carlos Tenorio and Agustin Delgado struck in each half for Ecuador, Tenorio with an 8th mi

15 June 2006

HAMBURG - Ecuador booked an historic first ever place in the World Cup knock-out stage with a 3-0 win over Costa Rica in Hamburg Thursday, a result which also meant Germany qualified from the same Group A.

Both teams have an unassailable six points after two matches, with Poland and Costa Rica on none. The result sets up a Germany-Ecuador decider in Berlin on June 20 to establish who will top the group.

Carlos Tenorio and Agustin Delgado struck in each half for Ecuador, Tenorio with an 8th minute header - his second of the tournament - and Delgado from close up in the 54th minute. Ivan Jaime Kaviedes hit the third in injury time.

"We want to make history - you'll see more of us," Ecuador coach Luis Suarez said afterwards. "Now we want to put up a good performance against Germany and to win.

"Our strength is that we are well marshalled and disciplined. I'm a bit worried about the heat when thinking about the Germany match, but the players will take a rest and they'll be ready."

A delighted Delgado said: ""We've been a good tournament side for some time now, and know each other well. We want to win as many matches as possible - and we're not afraid of Germany. After all we've qualified, and have nothing to lose."

Ecuador dominated throughout, proving again - as in their surprise defeat of Poland - they are quite capable of producing attractive and dangerous football away from the 3,000-metre altitude of Quito.

Tenorio's eighth minute goal found the 27-year-old poorly marked and able comfortably to nod home a perfect cross from the right by Luis Valencia for his second goal of the tournament.

The buoyed Ecuador side - sensing their historic advance - kept up the pressure from then on, their defence well marshalled, while Costa Rica looked far less organised.

Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes replaced midfielder Danny Fonseca with an extra striker, Alvaro Saborio, but the Central Americans were incapable of penetrating.

Costa Rica keeper Jose Francisco Porras was stretched by a vicious shot from the right by Valencia, and a couple of minutes later just before the break, Delgado should have scored but he failed to connect with a cross from the right from Edison Mendez.

The pressure continued after half time, with Porras tested by Delgado a couple of minutes before the LDU Quito man struck for Ecuador's second goal in the 54th minute.

Mendez, who had long been troubling the Costa Rica defence, caused more confusion and Delgado pounced on the loose ball to hammer it in from close range.

Costa Rica by this time were looking deflated, although Mauricio Solis did manage to get through four minutes later, only to see his shot turned around the post by goalkeeper Cristian Mora.

Then, with all lost, Costa Ricsa had their best chance of the match when Saborio hit the bar after good work by substitute Kurt Bernard.

Four minutes of injury time then allowed Kaviedes to put the icing on the cake with a great third goal from a flowing move, volleying home from six yards.

DPA

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