Ecuador overcomes poor start, earns draw with Peru


Miller Bolanos scored the lone second-half goal and Ecuador rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Peru 2-2 on Wednesday night in the Copa America.

Three minutes after halftime, Jefferson Montero and Christian Noboa connected on a give-and-go and Montero got behind the defense to find Bolanos in front of an empty net.

In the first half, Paolo Guerrero had two assists in the first 13 minutes for Peru. He played a through ball to Christian Cueva, who spun a defender and powered a shot into the net. Guerrero had a glancing header on a long free kick and Edison Flores rolled a shot inside the far post.

Ecuador pulled to 2-1 in the 39th when Enner Valencia trapped a chipped pass near the penalty spot and volleyed a shot.

Brazil routs Haiti

Orlando Florida AP

This was a 7-1 scoreline Brazil could enjoy.

Philippe Coutinho scored his first international hat trick, Renato Augusto had two goals and Brazil routed Haiti 7-1 Wednesday night in the Copa America.

Coutinho scored in the 14th and 29th minutes to build a 2-0 lead, then added a goal on a 20-yard drive in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. The Liverpool midfielder’s only previous goal for Brazil was against Mexico in an exhibition on June 7 last year.

Gabriel Barbosa and Lucas Lima also tallied for Brazil in a scoreline that matched the devastating defeat for the Selecao in the 2014 World Cup semifinals against Germany at Belo Horizonte.

“We have been encouraging Coutinho during training to be the player he is in Liverpool, take advantage of his opportunities and he did that for us,” Brazil coach Dunga said. “He has been acquiring more trust and belief in himself and taking more risks. That is what we wanted.”

Brazil has four points in Group B and completes group play Sunday against Peru, which also has four points. Ecuador has two points and Haiti has zero points and has been eliminated.

Dunga said his team is relaxed now.

“It’s not just important for Brazil to win, but for us to be the best players on the field in every game,” he said. “This was a good game. We did many of the things in the game that we worked on in training, but we are always seeking perfection.”

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