Valencia brace rescues a point for Ecuador

Wednesday 12 October 2016  24 Comments  [Jump to last]
Enner Valencia scored an 89th-minute equaliser for Ecuador as they grabbed a 2-2 against Bolivia in World Cup qualifying last night.

Everton's on-loan striker had been in the news this past week for the bizarre attempts by authorities to detain him in relation to alleged unpaid child support but he made headlines on the pitch with two second-half goals for his country.

Ecuador trailed 2-0 at half time but Valencia struck three minutes after half time to halve the deficit and set up the chance to level the game late on.

Meanwhile, Ramiro Funes Mori was not involved at all for Argentina (not even among the subs) as they lost at home to Paraguay.  

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Craig Fletcher
1 Posted 12/10/2016 at 08:22:39
Chased by the police while in an ambulance one day, scoring two goals in a game for your country the next. And I thought my week was bizarre.
Joe O'Brien
2 Posted 12/10/2016 at 09:01:13
Good to see. His confidence should be high going into Saturday's tough match. I'd like to see him getting some game time since he's been an unused sub in the last few games. Give him 15 mins to let us see what he's got to offer...
Chris James
3 Posted 12/10/2016 at 09:58:25
By all accounts he's the main man for Ecuador and these games are very competitive. Hopefully Koeman's keeping a close eye on where/how he's being played to see if we can get the best out of him.

For me, I'd love to see him and Lukaku in the same side for a while.

James Stewart
4 Posted 12/10/2016 at 10:52:28
Both decent finishes. Definitely a player in there but he isn't a lone frontman or a wide player.
Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 12/10/2016 at 11:01:03
Surely he will be knackered?
Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 12/10/2016 at 11:40:56
Two goals for his country, maybe Enner's ex, will have to keep a low profile for a bit now!

He doesn't look a bad player. I have to agree with Chris and James, and say but only if he's played right.

Minik Hansen
8 Posted 12/10/2016 at 15:01:05
Use him as Naismith was being used while he was at our club.
Sam Hoare
9 Posted 12/10/2016 at 15:15:41
No, Minik. He's a very different player. He's not gritty and physical like Naismith was but he is a decent finisher who could do okay when played centrally – unlike West Ham, where he was used as a winger.
Brian Porter
10 Posted 12/10/2016 at 15:23:56
Looks like his ex was trying to pull a fast one and he's not the villain many on here concluded when the story first broke. As they say, two sides to every story!

Football wise, he scored two good goals for Ecuador against Bolivia in a really exciting game. If Koeman uses him as a second striker alongside Lukaku, he just might be what we've been looking for. The big question is whether or not Koeman is prepared to play two upfront.

Phil Walling
11 Posted 12/10/2016 at 16:47:12
What... and replace Kone, A?
Brian Furey
12 Posted 12/10/2016 at 18:36:45
Valencia goals for Ecuador

Two great finishes and shows you what he is capable of. Like many have said, it would be nice to see him get a run out playing alongside Rom but I don't think we'll see him this weekend.

It was a good week for our international players with lots of goals and assists from Seamus (1 goal, 2 assists), Rom, Valencia & Bolasie.

Mick Davies
13 Posted 12/10/2016 at 18:52:43
Maybe we could play him, and pay Merseyside police to chase him... looks to have worked for Ecuador!
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 12/10/2016 at 19:12:09
Two crisply-taken goals though I wouldn't go overboard about them. Anyway, hope he comes good for us.
Martin Nicholls
15 Posted 12/10/2016 at 20:16:20
Two nice finishes from Valencia but what about the Bolivian No 20 Escobar?! Unfortunately he's even older than the Yak!
Nigel Munford
16 Posted 12/10/2016 at 23:12:11
Martin, age is but a number.
George Cumiskey
17 Posted 13/10/2016 at 12:12:56
Mick @13 great post – I couldn't stop laughing!
Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 13/10/2016 at 15:06:18
Brent (#14), you wouldn't go overboard about them? You will if he scores two like that on Saturday. Give him a bit of credit, he had to show anticipation and attack the box both times for them.
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 13/10/2016 at 15:25:18
Dave, I wasn't being critical, just cautious. I didn't want to big him up just for him to fall flat on his face on Saturday. I agree entirely that he was in the right place at the right time. And I did start by saying he took them crisply. Would love to see that Saturday!

I can get slated if I sing the praises of somebody scoring a couple of goals!

Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 13/10/2016 at 16:12:21
Brent (#19), fair enough, but I think you were singing his praises in a very low voice!!!
Brent Stephens
21 Posted 13/10/2016 at 16:16:31
Sorry, Dave. I'm normally a quiet man by nature, orally and textually. I SAY, I'M A QUIET MAN BY NATURE.

Interestingly, Dave, my dear old mam always used to say to me, when I was a lad, never raise your voice to be heard. Just be assertive. A soft voice often carries more weight, she would say.

Paul Thompson
22 Posted 13/10/2016 at 18:17:32
He's not looked good for us, but the goals show that crosses to feet in the six-yard box and he has the ability to get in position and put them away.
Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 13/10/2016 at 18:35:53
Brent, your mam gave you good advice. She might also have added, "Praise LOUDLY; criticise softly."

I hope you are screaming loudly on Saturday no matter who scores for Everton.

David Collier
24 Posted 13/10/2016 at 19:42:01
On YouTube, listen to Tony Martin singing a song called Valencia.

I remember in the 1950s we changed part of the lyrics to:
"Valencia! Stick your head between your knees,
And whistle up your Barcelona."

Geoff Williams
25 Posted 15/10/2016 at 19:30:23
He looks like a goal-poacher.

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