Ecuador beat Costa Rica 3-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Ecuador reached the second round of the World Cup for the first time after beating Costa Rica 3-0 on Thursday.

Hamburg:

Ecuador reached the second round of the World Cup for the first time after beating Costa Rica 3-0 on Thursday.

Carlos Tenorio and Agustin Delgado each scored their second goals of the tournament to go through alongside host Germany, which beat Poland 1-0 Wednesday. Ivan Kaviedes added a third goal in injury time.

Costa Rica and Poland are the first teams to be eliminated from the 32-nation field.

Goalkeeper Cristian Mora, again playing with Ecuador flags painted on his cheeks, jumped with joy after Delgado's goal built a two-goal margin early in the second half.

Historically, the Tricolors have found success only at their home field in Quito, more than 2,700 meters above sea level. But after winning only once in 10 games coming into their second World Cup, the South Americans have won two in a row, starting with a 2-0 victory over Poland last Friday.

Costa Rica, Central America's dominant team, was coming off a 4-2 loss to Germany in the World Cup opener and was eliminated in the first round for the second straight World Cup.

Four years ago, the Ticos lost out to Turkey on goal difference.

Topics : Football Ecuador
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