-- GOAL -- 0-1 Agustín Delgado headed Ecuador into the lead in the fifth minute, from a
De La Cruz cross, to put every team in Group G on three points -- for the moment.
Blanco tried to put Jared Borgetti through for the
equaliser five minutes later; Mexico desperate to go into the Italian game with at least
four points on the table.
It was still too early for Ecuador to think about holding
onto their narrow lead and they too pushed up to try and extend their advantage on the
-- GOAL -- 1-1
Ramón Morales, on the left, crossed into Jared Borgetti, who side-footed
a slight volley home for Mexico's equaliser -- 28 mins.
Mexico continued to look as though they wanted the second
goal more than Ecuador but they went in even at half-time.
Half-time: Mexico 1 -- Ecuador 1
Mexico continued to have more possession at the start of
the second-half although they were taking their time with their build-up.
-- GOAL -- 2-1
With plenty of space in midfield, Guerron tried to feed the ball through to Blanco.....
but with three men marking him closely, Blanco returned the ball back to Raul
Guerron..... who drove the ball hard and low past José Cevallos.
Once in the lead, Mexico started to look more confident
going forward as Jared Borgetti clipped the post after another attractive build-up, twenty
minutes before the final whistle.
Luis Hernández, a big hit at France 98, was given a chance to
try and increase Mexico's lead when he came on for goalscorer Borgetti in the 77th
minute..... but then Mexico had to defend as Ecuador looked for the equaliser.
With most of the Mexican team defending their lead in the
closing minutes Ecuador had trouble getting a clear attempt on goal and saw their
half-chances drift wide or hooked away from danger.
Ecuador managed to score their first goal in a World Cup
finals but have still to earn a point as this win puts Mexico three points ahead of Italy.
After two games each, nothing is mathematically decided in Group G.