Puerto Ordaz:Carlos Villanueva's goal off a free kick with three minutes left capped Chile's 3-2 comeback victory against Ecuador in Copa America soccer on Wednesday.
Humberto Suazo's second goal leveled the score at 2-2 in the 80th minute of the opening Group B match.
Then Ecuador goalkeeper Cristian Mora reacted slowly to Villanueva's free kick to the right post in the 87th.
"The tie lifted our spirits," Chile coach Nelson Acosta said. "After that, Ecuador tried to slow down the game but, playing good or bad, we were determined to seek a victory."
Ecuador struck first after 16 minutes through Antonio Valencia, off a two-pass play initiated off a free kick by goalkeeper Cristian Mora.
Suazo equalized with a powerful kick in the 21st.
Chile's celebration was cut short a minute later when Ecuador regained the lead off a strong header by Segundo Castillo.
At the start of the second half, Ecuador, fielding a team of veterans who helped the tiny Andean nation classify for the past two World Cups, was determined to punish a tired Chilean side, and on several occasions came close to a third goal.
But Chile slowly regrouped and Suazo made the breakthrough, fielding a center pass off his chest, and from inside the area punching the ball in.
A distressed Ecuador coach, Luis Fernando Suarez, said he was "dumbfounded" by the result.
"We were dominant until they tied and then we stopped playing - it was completely mind-boggling."
Ecuador plays Mexico on Sunday before Chile faces off against Brazil in Maturin.