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Ecuador Serie A wrap: Mina helps Barcelona stay clear

15 November 2012 21:55

Leaders Barcelona maintained their five-point advantage atop Ecuador's Serie A with a 3-1 victory over El Nacional.

Narciso Mina netted a double in a match that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

The Ecuadorian striker opened the scoring on 14 minutes before Jose Amaya made it two with a 25th-minute strike.

Dario Bone pulled a goal back within seconds of the restart but El Nacional's hopes of salvaging a draw received a blow when Ricardo Mendoza saw red just after the hour-mark.

Mina completed the scoring with a wonderful back-heel on 81 minutes before the hosts were also reduced to 10-men following Carlos Gruezo's second yellow card in six minutes.

Barcelona are five points clear at the summit after Emelec claimed a narrow 1-0 win against Manta.

Emelec, who suffered a thumping 5-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona, returned to winning ways thanks to Enner Valencia's 15th-minute goal.

Meanwhile, Deportivo Quito extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a routine 2-0 win at home to Independiente.

Despite Alex Bolanos seeing red inside the opening half-hour, Quito proved too strong courtesy of a Luis Congo brace.

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +23 34
2 16 +12 31
3 16 +8 31
4 16 +10 30
5 16 +2 27
6 16 +7 26
7 16 +3 26
8 16 +6 24
9 16 +4 24
10 16 +2 24
11 15 +5 23
12 16 +2 23
13 15 +1 23
14 16 -1 23
15 16 -4 23
16 16 +0 21
17 16 +0 20
18 16 -3 20
19 16 +0 19
20 16 -2 19
21 16 -10 19
22 16 +1 18
23 16 -1 18
24 16 -3 17
25 16 -4 17
26 16 -11 17
27 16 -9 16
28 16 -13 15
29 16 -7 13
30 16 -18 8

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