Ecuador saw off Russia 4-1 in an entertaining FIFA U-17 World Cup Round of 16 clash to set up a quarter-final with Mexico in Coquimbo on Monday.
Jhon Pereira was the star, opening the scoring and grabbing another in the second half with remarkably similar breakaway goals. Russia's flickering moment of hope came when Fedor Chalov equalised in the opening period, but Ecuador were back in front through Washington Corozo moments later. Juan Nazareno's thunderous effort capped a resounding win for the South Americans.
Pereira put the Ecuadorians ahead in the opening exchanges. The No11 won the ball from Andrei Zakharov near the halfway line on the Ecuador right and broke free before slamming it past Maksimenko.
Russia's sole moment of joy came through their leveller. Ivan Galanin found space clear of the Ecuadorian midfield and disguised a through pass beautifully by feinting to shoot. His ball found Chalov and the Russian No9 clinically slotted past Jose Cevallos to level.
Their elation was short-lived as Washington Corozo outmuscled Zakharov to find himself one-on-one with Maksimenko before lashing a shot past the Russian goalkeeper.
Chalov then masterfully controlled a wide cross on his chest before volleying towards goal. An inspired save by Cevallos saw the stopper turn it behind.
Pereira then served up a mirror image of his first half opener. He received the ball after a defensive error on the Russian right and sprinted clear of the backtracking defender Semen Matviichuk. The No11 once more kept his cool to dink over the oncoming Maksimenko.
The cherry on the cake for Ecuador was Nazareno's stunning strike. The ball broke to the No5 on the edge of the Russian box. He had time to steady himself before hitting a swerving drive into the top corner. Maksimenko stood no chance.
In sending the Russians home and reaching the last eight, Ecuador match their best ever performance at a FIFA tournament, which came when they reached the quarter-finals 20 years ago on home soil, also at this tournament.