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The return of Alexander Domínguez to the goal of Ecuador it was positive. The Tricolor obtained a very valuable draw against Colombia in Barranquilla (0-0), one of the most complicated places in the South American Qualifiers. Those led by Gustavo Alfaro continue to add important results on their way to Mundial Qatar 2022. The coffee growers fell short at home, but still remain in World Cup positions.
The first half was not what many expected. Colombia did not dominate in Baranquilla. Ecuador knew how to handle the pressure and the times, and even complicated the coffee team from time to time.
The Tricolor was not bothered by not having possession of the ball, an aspect that Colombia took over. Duván Zapata had the clearest at minute 24 ′, but goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez did not allow any damage.
Colombia squeezed more in the second half. He entered Radamel Falcao, who at minute 61 was close to scoring with a header after an excellent center from Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.
Ecuador lost much more prominence, and was annulled every time it tried to counterattack. The high pressure from the Colombians took effect and took the ball from them more effectively.
A powerful cross shot from Duván Zapata again met with Alexander Dominguez, one of the figures of the meeting. The goalkeeper returned after seven games of absence after the serious error of Moisés Ramírez that cost Ecuador the duel against Venezuela, and he did not disappoint on the field.
At 77 ′ Colombia was saved. A maximum penalty sentenced by the principal was annulled after confirming an offside by an Ecuadorian player.
And Domínguez, once again, saved the Ecuadorian team. This time at 84 ′, with a great save in the small area to Luís Díaz.
Up to nine corner kicks were generated by the coffee growers. None of them could be the basis of the goal because Alexander Dominguez did the work necessary to contain the always dangerous Colombian forward.
The scare at the end was incredible. On the last play of the match, at 90 + 8 ′, Yerry Mina scored after a cross from Cuadrado. Nevertheless, touched the ball with his hand, and the play was carefully observed by the VAR judges and by the main judge, who chose to cancel the goal. Ecuador almost did not count it. Gold tie.
La Tricolor, awaiting the match between Brazil and Uruguay, is in third place with 17 units. Colombia could not overcome its rival, and will remain on the hunt just one place behind, with 16 points.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.