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This was Ecuador’s first goal in a World Cup 20 years ago

Agustín Delgado connects with a header to score in the Mexican goal at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Photo: File / EL COMERCIO.


Agustín Delgado connects with a header to score in the Mexican goal at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Photo: File / EL COMERCIO.

The first goal of the Ecuadorian National Team in a World Cup was made two decades ago. This June 9, 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of that historic goal Agustin Delgado.

The ‘Tin’ Delgado turned his head, Mexicoon the second date of Group G of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.

The game was played in the early hours of Sunday, June 9. In Ecuador it was 01:30 when the initial whistle was blown. Emotions were not long in coming and five minutes into the first half, those led by Colombian Hernán Darío Gómez, went ahead on the scoreboard.

The play was made by the right wing between Edison Mendez and Ulysses of the Crosstwo referents of that generation that played two consecutive World Cups (2002 and 2006).

Ulises’s center went straight to the head of ‘Tin’, who rose in the middle of the Mexican defenses, to beat goalkeeper Óscar Pérez.

the party finally The Mexicans took it 2-1 with goals from Jared Borgetti (28′) and Gerardo Torrado (57′). The result, added to the 2-0 scoreline given by Italy on the opening date, left the Ecuadorians with no chance of advancing to the round of 16.

Delgado increased his scoring quota in World Cups in Germany 2006, with goals scored against Poland (1) and Costa Rica (1) in the first and second dates of Group A.

Together with Enner Valencia, the national team’s all-time scorer with 35 goals, who also scored three goals in Brazil 2014, against Switzerland (1) and Honduras (2), they share the first place of Ecuadorian players with the most goals in World Cups.

‘Superman’ will get a chance to lead this statistic alone in the Qatar 2022 World Cupwhen Ecuador faces Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal.

His name is one of the permanent names on the final list that the Argentine Gustavo Alfaro will deliver, a few months before the competition officially begins.