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Sunday, September 9, 2007
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Ecuador hit five past nine-man El Salvador
QUITO, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Striker Cristian Benitez scored twice to help Ecuador to a crushing 5-1 win over nine-man El Salvador in a friendly on Saturday.
The visitors, beaten by the same score in Bolivia on their
previous visit to South America last November, had Victor
Merino sent off in the 45th minute for stamping on an opponent
and Eduardo Campos dismissed in the 61st for a two-footed
Ecuador, warming up for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers which
start next month, went ahead in the 13th minute when Cristian
Lara smashed in a shot from outside the area.
Mexico-based Benitez headed in from a free kick in the 29th
minute and another free kick led to Felipe Caicedo scoring from
close range one minute before halftime.
Eliso Quintanilla replied for the visitors in the 36th
Benitez eluded several defenders to score an individual
goal four minutes after the re-start and won the penalty from
which midfielder Patrico Urrutia completed the rout five