Argentina, Ecuador win opening FIFA World Cup qualifiers

October 8th, 2011 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Quito (Ecuador), Oct 8 (IANS) Ecuador beat Venezuela 2-0 while Argentina thrashed Chile 4-1 in the opening matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Playing at home here in front of 40,000 enthusiastic fans, the Ecuadorian side took an early lead by Jaime Ayovi in the 14th minute and extended the lead in the 27th minute with Christian “Chucho” Benitez finding the net.

The visitors never got back in control of the game after the second goal, Xinhua reported.

Ecuador qualified for the first time in the 2002 edition held in Japan and South Korea, and achieved the same feat four years later in Germany.

Venezuela, meanwhile, are still seeking to qualify for the World Cup for the first time and came to Quito upbeat of their chances.

Argentina won quite comfortably against Chile with Gonzalo Higuain scoring a hat-trick and Lionel Messi chipping in with one goal.

Results:

At Montevideo
Uruguay 4 (Suarez 4, Lugano 26, 72, Cavani 35), Bolivia 2 (Cardozo 18, Martins 88-pen)

At Quito
Ecuador 2 (Ayovi 15, Benitez 28), Venezuela 0

At Buenos Aires
Argentina 4 (Higuain 8, 51, 63, Messi 26), Chile 1 (Fernandez 60)

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