Ecuadorian football match
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On Friday Carlos took us to see his local team (Liga de la Universidad) play in the Ecuadorian premier league. It was a great experience, the stadium had a capacity of approx 45,000. It was 1/2 to 2/3rds full but the atmosphere was great. We were standing close to a group of people (largely 12-20 yr olds) who just kept on banging a drum and chanting throughout. The shouts didn´t bare much relation to what was happening on the field, but when the stand turned into a mosh-pit akin to a gig in some scummy dive full of binge-drinking teenagers it was good fun (to watch!).
The game itself was good to follow, and when it and the crowd were boring there was always the occasional aircraft coming into land at the nearby airport just 100 metres overhead.
Anyway, it was great drama because our team won in the last minute - much to the delight of the home fans - with the most controversial goal I´ve ever seen. In this game there seemed to be a habit of the ball-boy chucking a new ball at the player taking a throw in etc whenver the match ball went out of play. Which is great and keeps a good tempo to the game, and is all fine apart from when the goalkeeper carries the ball over the line and the ref gives a corner, which is then taken with a new ball whilst the goalkeeper is still disputing the decision carrying the match ball in his hands on one edge of his area. Inevitably when the quick corner is taken - 2 balls in play - the ball is bundled in with the goalkeeper nwhere in sight and astonishingly a goal is given. Equally inevitably the referee required riot police to escort him off the field!!
Overall it was a great experience - much recommended! (I did it for you Ed!!!!)