LA PAZ, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's national soccer team only managed to play Bolivia to a 1-1 tie Tuesday in La Paz, but it was enough to rack up a valuable point in its struggle to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Ecuador still has two other opportunities in the South American Qualifying Tournament to garner the three other points it needs to sum up 25 and qualify for Brazil. Bolivia, however, is out of the running.
Despite the importance of the game, Ecuador appeared to lack the incentive to make the most of several openings in Bolivia's defenses to score more than one goal.
Still, Ecuador controlled the game and even scored a goal, later discounted, on a combination play between Antonio Valencia and Jefferson Montero.
Bolivia seemed to charge the field at the outset, but lacked strategy. In the second half, it scored a goal, thanks to three-way teamwork between Ruddy Cardozo, Marcelo Martins and Jaime Arrascaita, who scored.
Ecuador tied in minute 56 following a penalty shot by Felipe Caicedo. The team was hoping to win the game and garner three points, but it was not to be.
The tie leaves Bolivia in last place in the South American Qualifying Tournament's general ranking, with a total of 11 points.
Ecuador continues in fourth place, with 22 points and goes on to play Uruguay in the next match, another key game in the South American qualifiers.
BOLIVIA: Quinonez, Zenteno, Raldes, Cabrera, D. Bejarano, M. Bejarano, Azogue, Veizaga, Chumacero, Cardozo, Arce.
ECUADOR: Dominguez, Paredes, Guagua, Erazo, W. Ayovi, Valencia, Castillo, Saritama, Montero, Caicedo, J. Ayovi.