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Man Utd winger Valencia sees red as Dempsey stars in USA win over Ecuador

Antonio Valencia was sent off as Ecuador were dumped from Copa America 2016 at the first knockout stage on Thursday.

The Manchester United winger received a second yellow card for a cynical foul in the 52nd minute as the South American nation were beaten 2-1 by the USA in the quarter-finals at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Former Schalke and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Jermaine Jones also saw red for his reaction to Valencia's challenge, reducing the hosts to ten men as well.

The US opened the scoring in the 21st minute through former Fulham and Tottenham, and current Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey, who rose above his marker to powerfully head home Jones' chipped ball from the edge of the area.

Gyasi Zardes made it 2-0 to the US when he combined with Man of the Match Dempsey to slot home from unmissable range before Ecuador got themselves back into the contest on 74 minutes when Michael Arroyo fired home from just outside the area.

However, Jurgen Klinsmann's side held on for a famous victory which will now see them take on the winner of Saturday's clash between Argentina and Venezuela in the final four of Copa America Centenario.

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