Ecuador were the most impressive Andean performers of the weekend international fixtures, running out 5-2 victors against Jamaica in Quito.
Reynaldo Rueda’s men went ahead after twenty minutes through Pachuca striker Jamie Ayovi. Christian Suarez and Christian Benitez, another two players who ply their trade in Mexico, put Ecuador 3-0 up by half-time. Suarez added a fourth early in the second half, while Segundo Castillo, another Pachuca player, scored a fifth in between two consolation goals for the Jamaicans.
Colombia’s first international since the resignation of Hernan Dario Gomez was a successful one as they defeated Honduras 2-0 in New Jersey under the temporary command of Leonel Alvarez. Racing Club striker Teofilo Gutierrez got both the goals, while Hertha Berlin’s Adrian Ramos was sent off eleven minutes into the second half.
Peru and Bolivia met in Lima in the first of two friendly matches between the nations, the second of which will take place in La Paz on Monday, and played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Pablo Escobar delivered the goods early on for the visitors, putting Gustavo Quintero’s charges 1-0 up in the sixth minute, but Peru reacted strongly and were level at half-time thanks to Rinaldo Cruzado – the Chievo man firing in spectacularly from range following some less than inspiring goalkeeping from Sergio Galarza.
Bolivia went ahead once more on seventy minutes after young Bolivar midfielder Rudy Cardozo capped a slick counter-attack with an impressive finish but Peru secured a share of the spoils when Claudio Pizarro coolly converted a penalty that he himself had won.
Finally, Venezuela went down 1-0 to Argentina in Calcutta in a match that saw Fernando Amorebieta, Frank Feltscher, Andres Tunez and Josmar Zambrano make their debuts for the Vinotinto. Nicolas Otamendi scored the only goal of a fairly even match.