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Colombia sneaked a valuable World Cup qualifying point on Tuesday when they held out for a goaless draw away to Ecuador despite being outplayed for the entire game.
The match was a near replica of Colombia's last game, when they defended nearly the whole 90 minutes away to Peru and scored from their only attack to win 1-0.

As last week, Colombia goalkeeper Oscar Cordoba produced a world class performance to keep in his team in the game.

Ecuador, who were left with seven points from six games in the South American World Cup qualifying group, were unable to convert a glut of chances into goals. Colombia has nine points.

Argentine-born striker Ariel Graziani was guilty of wasting two excellent close range chances when he failed to control the ball in the first half, when Ecuador also had two penalty appeals ignored.

Clever Chala had the best first half chance when he burst through the Colombia defence only to fire his shot into the side-netting while Cordoba made an excellent save to defy Eduaro Hurtado in the 18th minute

The second half was an similar story, with Cordoba again producing a brilliant save at the feet of Agustin Delgado in the 76th minute.

Colombia made no attempt to attack whatsoever, spent most of the second-half time-wasting and finished the match without a single forward on the pitch.

Ecuador captain and playmaker Alex Aguinaga gave an excellent performance in midfielder despite being the victim of a witchunt by Colombia, whose players took it in turns to kick him.

They were allowed to do so by Paraguayan referee Ubaldo Aquino, who took no action to stop the butchery.

Attendance: 43,000

Ecuador - 1-Jose Francisco Cevallos; 4-Ulises de la Cruz, 3-Ivan Hurtado, 2-Augusto Poroso 15-Marlon Ayovi; 5-Alfonso Obregon, 16-Clever Chala (14-Herrera, 68), 10-Alex Aguinaga, 20-Edson Hurtado; 9-Ariel Graziani (11-Agustin Delgado, 68), 18-Eduardo Hurtado (7-Carlos Juarez, 76)

Colombia - 1-Oscar Cordoba; 5-Gonzalo Martinez, 2-Ivan Ramiro Cordoba, 3-Mario Yepes; 6-Jorge Bolano, 17-Mayer Cande lo (16-Hurtado), 4-Alex Viveros, 11-Luis Garcia, 20-Gerardo Bedoya; 7-Leonardo Moreno (8-Oscar Restrepo, 46), 18-Leider Preciado (13-Arley Dinas, 78)


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