Ecuador beats Portugal 3-2 in friendly
GUIMARAES, Portugal (AP)
Felipe Caicedo scored a 70th-minute winner as Ecuador beat Portugal 3-2 in a friendly Wednesday, extending the European Championship semifinalist's winless streak to four games.
Caicedo was unmarked on the edge of the penalty area when he fired a powerful left-foot shot as defensive errors cost the Portuguese victory.
The result was a setback for Portugal coach Paulo Bento who wanted his team to bounce back after losing 1-0 in Russia and drawing 1-1 against Northern Ireland in its last two World Cup qualifying games, as well as being held 2-2 by Gabon in an exhibition match. Ecuador is unbeaten in its last four matches.
Antonio Valencia put the visitor ahead just three minutes into the match, the Manchester United winger heading in at the back post as goalkeeper Eduardo failed to collect Jefferson Montero's cross from the left.
Cristiano Ronaldo had two chances either side of Valencia's strike before finding the net in the 23rd. The Portugal captain received a flicked back-heel pass from Real Madrid teammate Fabio Coentrao and sent his marker the wrong way to volley unopposed into the far corner of the net.
Helder Postiga put Portugal ahead for the first time in the 60th as the hosts' second-half dominance paid off. But two minutes later right back Joao Pereira deflected the ball past Eduardo in a clumsy back-pass as Portugal's backline blunders mounted.
Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela came close to leveling the score when he headed against the woodwork in the 89th.
But the home defense looked ragged again as Christian Benitez hit wide of an empty Portuguese net in a counter-attack in injury time.