Adolfo Bautista scored and drew a penalty kick to help Mexico eliminate Ecuador from Copa America with a 2-1 victory last night.
Mexico, which had already advanced to the quarterfinals in Peru, will play Brazil or Paraguay. Argentina beat Uruguay, 4-2, in the late game, but both teams had clinched spots in the next round before the game.
Bautista was tripped by Ecuador goalkeeper Jacinto Espinoza and drew a penalty that Hector Altamarino converted with a shot off the left post in the 27th minute.
Bautista sent a 20-yard shot past Espinoza in the 42nd. A few minutes later in injury time, he was yellow-carded for a reckless kick that forced Espinoza out with an injured hand. The goalkeeper was replaced by Damian Lanza.
Agustin Delgado scored for Ecuador in the 71st minute when he took a short cross from substitute Franklin Salas and headed it between two defenders.
In the late game, Luciano Figueroa scored for Argentina in the 20th and 89th minutes. Cristian Gonzalez and Roberto Ayala added the other goals. Fabian Estoyanoff and Vicente Sanchez scored for Uruguay.
Uruguay was reduced to 10 men in the 35th after Joe Bizera was sent off for pushing the referee, his second yellow card of the night. . . .
A Spanish fan was offered $11,800 on EBay for the ball England captain David Beckham kicked over the bar in a Euro 2004 quarterfinal penalty shootout. Pablo Carral, a 25-year-old from Galicia, Spain, caught the ball from his seat in row Q at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz and smuggled it out of the arena. He began a 10-day auction at midday yesterday, according to the Internet auction site.
-- From News Services