Argentina Thrash Ecuador without Batistuta

Published July 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Argentina proved Wednesday that they continue their winning streak without their injured striker Gabriel Batistuta, thrashing Ecuador 2-0 in the South American World Cup qualifier. 

Replacing Batistuta with Hernan Crespo, the world's most expensive player, demonstrated Argentina's strength in depth.  

Crespo scored Argentina's first goal after 23 minutes and fellow striker Claudio Lopez added the second following a defensive error early in the second half.  

Meanwhile, Chile's hopes of a second successive World Cup appearance suffered a blow when they lost to a late goal by Bolivia, whereas Colombia resurrected their campaign with a 1-0 win to Peru in which the result was far more impressive than their performance.  

The win took Colombia above Brazil, who lost 2-1 away to Paraguay Tuesday and dropped to fifth place, on goal difference - (Agencies)

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