Ecuador’s U-17 Squad Balls Past Russia to a Quarterfinal with Mexico

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YO. If you ever thought that Ecuador’s senior national team was the only squad that knew how to ball, you were severely mistaken. La Tri is on a demolition path in all categories across competitions at the moment; the senior team pulled off a legendary 2-0 win over Argentina a few weeks back, then went on to beat Bolivia 2-0 in monsoon conditions, and now the U-17s are heading to a World Cup quarterfinal matchup vs. Mexico after crushing Russia 4-1.

John Pereira was the hero of the night, opening the score after blowing past Andrei Zakharov around the midway line, sprinting the length of the half and tucking the ball into the opposite corner of the net.

What a thing of beauty. He doubled his efforts later in the second half, with a similar breakaway play and a cheeky impossible-angle finish:

? Then, they celebrated.

Washington Corozco scored the second, and Juan Nazareno put the cherry on top with a stunning strike from a distance.

Ecuador has already proven itself to be a formidable opponent in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, and it appears as though this will be the norm for many years to come. La Mini Tri is flying high – we’ll see if they can ride this moment past Mexico on Monday.