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Tuesday, 14 May, 2002, 21:46 GMT 22:46 UK
Ecuador fall to Atletico
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Atletico Madrid 1-2 Ecuador

Ecuador fell to the newly crowned Spanish second-division champions Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Tuesday.

A second-half goal by Atletico substitute Jose Juan Luque made the result inevitable for Ecuador, who proved unable to take advantage when Atletico's striker Fernando Correa was dismissed just before the break.

With their opening World Cup match against Italy in Sapporo less three weeks away, Hernan Dario Gomez's team displayed their characteristic passing skills but lacked penetration in attack.

Atletico took a tenth-minute lead when midfielder Txomin Nagore was left unmarked at the near post to head home a corner by Portuguese midfielder Dani da Cruz Carvalho.

Cheered on by their compatriots who formed the majority of a 20,000 crowd, Ecuador equalized when a 38th-minute free kick by defender Ulises de La Cruz was deflected into the net by Atletico's veteran midfielder Carlos Aguilera.

Despite the loss of Correa for kicking out at midfielder Edwin Tenorio, Atletico grabbed the game-winning goal when Luque, one of their eight half-time newcomers, curled home a 62nd-minute free kick.

Ecuador battled hard for an equalizer but were denied by poor marksmanship and several fine late saves by Atletico goalkeeper Toni Jimenez.

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