The World Cup was usually seen as a stage very much beyond the scope of Ecuador. Except for 1966, they had never been able to challenge for one of the qualifying berths in the CONMEBOL zone. Between 1966 and the upcoming qualification, the team had recorded one measly win (v Paraguay at home in 1981).
There was a sense of unexpected, raw optimism in the Ecuadorian air, however, as they had just delivered one of their better performances in the Copa America in living memory. Although they once again had exited from the group stage, they had famously drawn against current World Cup champions Argentina (0-0) and won against Uruguay (1-0), and overall been unusually competitive. The win against the later finalists Uruguay has later become part of Ecuadorian football folklore, often claimed to be a small turning point in the nation’s footballing history. Could they indeed replicate their performances in the upcoming 1990 World Cup qualification? Read more …
20.08.1989: Colombia 2-0 Ecuador
Line-up (4-4-2): Morales – Izquierdo, Macías, Quiñónez, Capurro – Aguinaga, Fajardo, Rosero, Cuvi (c) (Marsetti 78) – Benítez (Tenório 64), Avilés
Ecuador’s campaign got under way with a deserved defeat in Barranquilla, where they were second best for most of the game. In their relatively conservative 4-4-2, a lot of attacking responsibility fell to wide midfielders Aguinaga and Cuvi, and neither managed to put their mark on the game. At the back, Macías lost two vital aerial challenges with Iguarán, who scored both the opponent’s goals. Quiñónez, Fajardo and probably also Morales and Avilés left with their credibility intact.
03.09.1989: Ecuador 0-0 Colombia
Line-up (4-4-2): Morales – Izquierdo, Quinteros, Quiñónez, Capurro – Aguinaga, Fajardo, Rosero (Benítez 76), Cuvi (c) (Verduga 70) – Avilés, Tenório
Despite the scoreless outcome, this is a fine and entertaining game of football, and Ecuador are certainly playing their part. Quinteros has been brought in to handle the aerial threat of Iguarán, and he acquits himself well, something which is also the case from several of his team mates. Despite conceding at least three massive goalscoring opportunities, the Ecuadorians produce some themselves, and Avilés, in particular, should’ve converted one of his two big chances. Aguinaga started to the right, but would soon enough switch permanently to the left. Draškovic converted to 4-3-3 for the final quarter of an hour in an attempt at getting that priceless winner.
10.09.1989: Paraguay 2-1 Ecuador
24.09.1989: Ecuador 3-1 Paraguay
Final position: 3 (out of 3)
Total record: 4 1 1 2 4-5 3
Home record: 2 1 1 0 3-1 3
Away record: 2 0 0 2 1-4 0
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