Ecuador y Uruguay they faced each other on the last day of group B of the South American Sub-20 2023 at the Deportivo Cali stadium, where both teams were looking for a mandatory victory to qualify for the final phase of the youth competition. They sealed a 1-1 tie that left the Ecuadorians third and the Charrúas in first place.
The match began quite evenly, where the two teams tried to go for the winning goal from the first minutes, in which there were even controversial plays where the Charrúas were not awarded a score.
The plays continued and Ecuador managed to strike first from minute 13 of the first half, where a pass from Patrik Mercado was essential for the scorer Justin Leather scored the goal of the match after finishing with a good individual play in front of Facundo Machado’s goal.
However, Uruguay turned to the Ecuadorian zone and quickly tied, where Rodrigo Chagas He managed to score the 1-1 goal, after taking advantage of a rebound and finishing off from medium distance to beat goalkeeper Napa.
For the second half, Ecuador continued its intensity due to the other goal in its favor that left it calm, because Venezuela started winning and snatched the second box, while the Uruguayans maintained the result in a great way that without problems left them in the first place.
Regarding the final minutes, Uruguay was the one that came closest, but failed to score the winning goal, while the Ecuadorians made several substitutions in search of maintaining the result that would leave them with chances of qualifying.
In the end, the two teams did not manage to do any more damage and kept the business of the tie, a result that left both classified, Uruguay in first place and Ecuador in third position.