Peru, Ecuador settle for thrilling draw (Video)

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Brazil’s win earlier in the evening tightened the Group B race, and now three teams will battle it out on the final day of fixtures for a chance in the next round.

Despite a fast start from Peru, Ecuador battled back against their fellow CONMEBOL opponent, earning a 2-2 draw in Glendale, Arizona.

Miller Bolanos leveled the match in the 48th minute, after La Tricolor began to impose their will on their opponent. The buildup began with a perfectly timed give-and-go between Christian Naboa and Jefferson Montero, who centered it to Bolanos in front of the empty goal.

Paolo Guerrero was the danger man for Los Incas in their first match, and proved to be a pest for the Ecuador backline to deal with in the early moments on Wednesday. Guerrero found a streaking Christian Cueva in the box, who made no mistake with his finish inside of five minutes.

Peru continued their hot start in the 13th minute, when Edison Flores spun with two defenders on his back and ripped his shot inside the post for the 2-0 lead.

Just as Peru seemed to be dictating the terms of the first half, Ecuador provided their say just minutes before the halftime whistle.

Striker Enner Valencia pulled a goal back for Ecuador in the 39th minute, after he superbly controlled a cross from Antonio Valencia and buried his side-volley attempt into the net.

With the draw, both sides remain firmly alive in Group B play with one match remaining. Peru will close the group stage on Sunday against Brazil, who posted seven goals on Wednesday, while Ecuador will take on Haiti, who has since been eliminated from advancing.