Ecuador thrash Copa America Champions

Antonio Valencia hit Ecuador’s opener as they thrashed reigning Copa America champions Chile 3-0 in their CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier.

Valencia, who has impressed under new club boss Jose Mourinho, beat Man City’s Claudio Bravo after just 20 minutes after good work from namesake, and Everton striker, Enner.

The 31-year-old netted against Haiti in the Copa America in the summer but Valencia has played mainly at right-back for United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired over three years ago.

And with Chile on the ropes, Ecuador made it 2-0 just four minutes later.

A quick throw caught the visiting defence out and after Valencia’s cross was poorly cleared, Cristian Ramirez smashed home his first goal for his country.

Yet more hapless defending saw the hosts spring the offside trap before another Valencia cross was turned in by ex-Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo.

Chile began to see more of the ball but were unable to get Alexis Sanchez involved in the action until the 75th minute when he was released by Arturo Vidal.

Sanchez attempted to dink a shot over the onrushing Esteban Dreer, but the Ecuador goalkeeper got a hand up to keep the effort out.

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