Ecuador hit back to claim 2-2 draw with Peru

Miller Bolanos was the hero for Ecuador Wednesday as they fought back from two goals down to secure an important 2-2 draw with Peru in their Copa America Group B match in Arizona.

Peru went ahead after just five minutes when Christian Cueva beat his marker with a drag back on the edge of the area before slotting past the keeper.

Edison Flores then put Peru 2-0 up just eight minutes later when he spun onto a knock from a free kick and rolled the ball in at the far post.

West Ham’s Enner Valencia reduced the deficit on the stroke of halftime, chesting down a chipped pass in the penalty area before smashing a volley past Peru keeper Pedro Gallese.

Bolanos completed the comeback just three minutes into the second half, tapping into an open goal after a cross from Jefferson Montero.

Both teams pushed hard for a winner, but the closest either team came was a long-range strike from Peru’s Manuel Ruidiaz that whistled past the post in stoppage time.

Ecuador finished the game with 10 men after Gabriel Achilier received a second yellow card for a late foul.

The result leaves Peru in second position in Group B on four points, with a match against group leaders Brazil to come. Ecuador are on two points, but will fancy their chances of qualifying as they face Haiti in their final game.

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