Colombia rallies for 1-1 draw with Ecuador in U-20 World Cup qualifying

Edwin Cardona converted a 71st-minute penalty to lift Colombia to a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in South American Under-20 World Cup qualifying Monday.

Ecuador took a 1-0 lead in the Group B match after Juan Cazares’ 30th-minute penalty, but a draw was about the right outcome in an evenly played match.

In a late match Monday, Brazil played Paraguay in Group B.

In Sunday’s opening-day matches, Argentina defeated neighbour Uruguay 2-1 and Chile beat Peru 2-0 in Group A.

The tournament ends Feb. 12 and the top four advance to the U-20 World Cup later this year in Colombia. The top two earn berths in the 2012 London Olympics.

(Associated Press)

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