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Ecuador stays in contention at World Cup with 2-1 win over Honduras in Group E

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    Ecuador's Enner Valencia, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Honduras' goalkeeper Noel Valladares today at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

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    Honduras' Carlo Costly, left, kicks to score his side's first goal during the group E World Cup soccer match between Honduras and Ecuador at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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    Ecuador's Enner Valencia (13) scores his side's second goal with a header during the group E World Cup soccer match between Honduras and Ecuador at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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    Honduras' Carlo Costly celebrates after scoring a goal during the group E World Cup soccer match between Honduras and Ecuador at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Ecuador's Enner Valencia, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Honduras' goalkeeper Noel Valladares today at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

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CURITIBA, Brazil — Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup.

Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a match remaining against group-leading France, which has had two dominating wins.

Honduras took the lead in the 31st minute with its first goal at the World Cup in 32 years when Carlo Costly latched onto a long ball following a mistake from Ecuador defender Jorge Guagua.

Valencia responded three minutes later, tapping in from close range.

He scored the winner came in the 65th when he out-jumped the defense to head home a free kick from Walter Ayovi. Ecuador lost its opening match 2-1 to Switzerland, but edged ahead of the Swiss on goal difference.

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