A match full of tension and drama in Guayaquil ends with nothing to separate the two sides, as Ecuador and Argentina are forced to share the spoils after a 1-1 draw. Alvarez’s first-half strike somewhat against the run of play looked like it was going to be enough to secure all three points, until a late VAR check for handball on Tagliafico after a Plata header presented Alfaro’s side the opportunity they had been waiting for all match. Valencia saw his initial penalty saved but had the presence of mind to collect the rebound and slot it home on the second effort. It was a deserved goal for La Tri, who were equal to their opponents all match. Argentina looked to combine well in possession but slightly ran out of steam at the end - leaving the door slightly ajar for Ecuador to get back into the match. The international break ends with both Argentina and Ecuador through to the World Cup, which will please both coaches.