Ecuador pay tribute to Tenorio

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Ivan Kaviedes pulled a Spider-Man mask from his shorts, stretched it over his head and ran around.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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While the vanquished Costa Ricans hung their heads in bewilderment, Ivan Kaviedes pulled a Spider-Man mask from his shorts - in Ecuador's team colour of yellow - stretched it over his head and ran around like a schoolboy. If anyone deserved to celebrate, he did, after scoring two minutes into injury time and putting an exclamation point on a 3-0 victory that put Ecuador in the second round of the World Cup for the first time. His masked-man stunt was a tribute to Otilino Tenorio, a teammate killed in a May 2005 car crash in Ecuador, just three days after he played for his country in an exhibition game at New York's Giants Stadium. "He is a partner, a friend, a brother who was with us and is a part of us,'' Kaviedes said. "He was with us a long, long time, and he transferred to us this joy that was very contagious.'' Tenorio, whose nickname was "Spiderman,'' used to pull the mask from his shorts during his goal celebrations. Carlos Tenorio - who is not related - and Delgado scored their second goals of the tournament for Ecuador, a country with few international sports triumphs. In the Olympics, its only medal came at the 1996 Atlanta Games, when Jefferson Perez won the gold in the 20-km walk. (AP)

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