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Valencia scored against Chile.

Antonio Valencia scores with a fine finish against Chile

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While his namesake stole the headlines for his bizarre escape from police, Antonio Valencia impressed for Ecuador during their 3-0 victory over Chile in their World Cup qualifier.

Long before Enner Valencia was trying to get away from a mob of police officers who wanted to arrest him for owing £13,000 in child maintenance, the Manchester United right-back had given his country an early lead.

Valencia hasn’t scored for the Old Trafford club since January 11, 2014 - when David Moyes was in charge - but scored with an unerring finish after 19 minutes past Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo.

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Valencia was being employed in a centre-midfield position - an unfamiliar role to the right-back role he has been playing for the Red Devils ever since Sir Alex Ferguson used him there early during the 2011/12 season.

But many of you will remember Valencia as an attacking right-winger during his spell at Wigan in England and he showed his attacking abilities by controlling a cross from the wanted Valencia and drilling the ball into the bottom corner.

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Check out the goal below:

Whether United boss Jose Mourinho was watching and is planning to use him further up the pitch in their upcoming clash against Liverpool is unlikely, but it certainly sent a message to the Portuguese boss.

The goal from the skipper set Ecuador up for an impressive victory over Chile, with goals from Christian Ramirez and Felipe Caicedo wrapping up a comfortable victory against Alexis Sanchez and co.

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The three points leaves Ecuador in third place, ahead of both Colombia and Argentina on goal difference in their quest to qualify for the Russia World Cup.

Valencia will looking to help his nation tighten their grasp on World Cup qualification when they face Bolivia - who were beaten 5-0 by Brazil last night - on Wednesday.

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