Both sides had a man sent off as England and Ecuador drew 2-2 in a World Cup warm up game at the home of the Miami Dolphins.
England manager Roy Hodgson fielded an experimental side, including full debuts for youngsters Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley, in his sides penultimate warm up game before the World Cup.
Ecuador took the lead after just eight minutes when Walter Ayovi’s pinpoint cross was met by a bullet header from Enner Valenica who powered the ball past Ben Foster in the England goal.
It wasn’t long before England levelled the scores though, with half an hour an Alex Oxlade Chamberlain cross lead to a goalmouth scramble which was put into the net by Wayne Rooney.
Both sides threatened before the halftime whistle but neither side could take the lead before the break.
Seven minutes into the second half Ross Barkley weaved through the Ecuador defence and found Liverpool’s new forward Ricki Lambert who lashed the ball into the net.
On the hour mark there was some worrying news for England fans as Oxlade Chamberlin appear to twist his knee after a challenge with Ecuador’s Carlos Gruezo, the Arsenal player was substituted and the extent of the injury is set to revealed in the coming days.
Ten minutes later Ecuador pulled the scores level this time through Michael Arroyo who was given time and space outside the England box and unleashed a sensational long distance strike to make it 2-2.
That might have been the last goal of the game but it certainly wasn’t the end of the action as tempers flared on 80 minutes. Raheem Sterling’s reckless tackle drew a aggressive reaction from Antonio Valencia.
The referee showed Sterling a red card for the challenge and Valencia was sent off for pushing and grabbing the Liverpool players’ throat.
The game finished 2-2 and England will look forward to their final warm up game against Honduras on Saturday before facing Italy on the 14th June at the World Cup.