Peru entered its match against Ecuador at Copa America Wednesday night knowing that three more points would seal its place in the quarterfinals, and after Christian Cueva and Edison Flores turned in a spectacular efforts to try and get their nation there, Ecuador answered with a pair of goals of its own. The two sides played to a riveting 2-2 draw, setting up what should be a dramatic final day in Group B play on Sunday.
Cueva's phenomenal turn and finish stunned Ecuador in the fifth minute and gave Peru a 1-0 lead. It was followed eight minutes later by another impressive finish, with Edison Flores doubling the lead from a similar spot on the field with a turn of a different kind.
The optimism didn't last forever, though. Enner Valencia scored at the end of the first half with an impressive chest-to-volley, and Miller Bolaños scored at the start of the second off a feed from Jefferson Montero, and Ecuador battled back from the two-goal deficit to pull even.
Watch all four goals below:
Peru's Raul Ruidiaz nearly won it at the death, but he put his 20-yard chance off the counterattack just wide of the far post:
Peru, which has been a third-place finisher in each of the last two Copa Americas, finishes Group B play against Brazil on Sunday, while Ecuador plays against Haiti. Brazil and Peru are level on four points, while Ecuador has two. Haiti is eliminated already, with zero points.