Colombia forced to settle for goalless stalemate against Ecuador in World Cup qualifying

Colombia’s last-gasp celebrations against Ecuador were cruelly brought to a dramatic end after their late winner in World Cup qualifying was ruled out.

Deep inside ten minutes of stoppage time, and with the clash delicately poised at 0-0, Yerry Mina guided home a close-range effort to spark pandemonium.

However, after a VAR check, Mina’s strike was chalked off for a handball – forcing both teams to settle for a point in their attempt to reach Qatar. 


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Colombia were forced to settle for a draw against Ecuador after Yerry Mina’s goal was ruled out

Mina wheeled away amid celebrations after tucking home, but a handball chalked his shot off



Colombia: Ospina, Cuadrado, Mina, Cuesta, Mojica, Quintero (Munoz 70), Barrios, Uribe (Cuellar 59), Diaz, Borre (Falcao 59), Zapata (Martinez 70)

Subs not used: Medina, Candelo, Tesillo, Vargas, Lerma, Sinisterra, Quintana, Sanchez

Manager: Reinaldo Rueda

Ecuador: Dominguez, Preciado (Arreaga 87), Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan, Franco (Palacios 87), Caicedo, Gruezo, Mena  (Preciado 74), Estrada, Valencia (Plata 63)

Subs not used: Ramirez, Arboleda, Sarmiento, Angulo, Ortiz, Gaibor, Angulo, Mendez

Booked: Estupinan, Mena

Manager: Gustavo Alfaro 


With both teams taking a point, the South American qualification group hangs in the balance

Goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez was forced into action several times during the tight clash

Radamel Falcao (second from left) was introduced as a substitute but couldn’t find the net

VAR drama settled the result of the tie, meaning Colombia have drawn three straight matches