Ecuador U20s pulled off the shock of Sul-Americano on Monday night when they bear Argentina 1-nil. The result could, and should, have been more empathic however, as Ecuadorian star forward Marlon de Jesus missed an open goal.
At just 19-years-old, De Jesus have already proven himself a natural born goalscorer in his native homeland. After progressing and developing in youth set up at local team El Nacional, 2010 proved a breakthrough year for the centre-forward as was handed his opportunity with the first team. De Jesus responded by so-far scoring ten goals in 16 matches.
Against Argentina though, De Jesus’ famed sharpshooting let him down after the striker had already done all the hard work in the build up.
Collecting a fine counter-attacking through-ball from midfield, lone striker De Jesus was immediately set clear in a clear goalscoring opportunity. The Argentine keeper, looking to close down the unmarked attacker, raced 40-yards out his goal to try and intercept possession, but De Jesus reached the ball fuirst and easily side-stepped the stranded keeper.
By this stage a soleÂ ArgentineÂ defender had also arrived onÂ theÂ scene but again he proved little obstacle for the forward would again side-stepped his attention. That left the De Jesus with a Â clear run on the empty net in what would have been a 100% definite goalscoring move, but instead the striker opted to shoot the ball in the net from 35-yards.
That proved to a horrible decision.
Marlon de Jesus’s miss of the season offer can be seen here.
Argentine themselves witnessed a horror miss early in the tournament against Venezuela when Bruno Zuculini found himself at the back post in the 77th minute, all alone and whilst the ball was fired over quickly, the goal was gaping…