well we had a BLINDING night...
stadium was packed (I am guessing maybe 25-30K) kids, families, people having to sit in the aisles because there was no assigned seating. tickets were capped out at 20 dlrs (ours were 15) and the crowd had a blast. people walking to the stadium from all over town. ever seen rice and chicken dinners in a ground ? I haven't before.
this is honest:
bumped into perhaps one of the only other gringos (other than us) there - have known him for ages. he was off getting beer.
we found a few seats, we had to break up our small group and my friend's wife got offered a seat with this group of Ecuadorians. she offered me her seat and found another a few rows away. turns out that I was sitting with my friend and his Ecuadorian family when he came back !!!!!
how strange !!!!!
anyway there is no screen for action replays - it's a run down stadium - a small running track around it but you were still close to the action. stadium is in town, in a neighbourhood. needless to say, it brought flashbacks of being a kid at the old Boleyn Ground.
Ecuador won 3-0 - a cracking thumping header, penalty and a golazo.
off to The Pub for a couple of beers afterward, about a 10 minute walk away.
all in all a brilliant brilliant night.
from the local paper:
https://ww2.elmercurio.com.ec/2019/09/1 ... s-galeria/
not in any of them !!!!