Ecuador will play in the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar after FIFA on Friday dismissed Chile's claims that they had fielded an ineligible player in the qualifiers.
The Chilean soccer federation asked FIFA to investigate its claim that Ecuador player Byron Castillo is actually Colombian and not entitled to have played in qualifying games.
Drug trafficking in Ecuador has led to an increase in crime, which has left 1,255 people dead since the start of the year, according to official figures.
Ecuador and Uruguay reached 25 points on the table and can no longer be overtaken by other teams. Brazil and Argentina had earlier secured two of the region's direct spots.
Chile, once a force in the region, saw its chances shrink dramatically after a 2-1 home loss to second-place Argentina.
The bloodshed came less than two months after fighting among gangs killed 119 people at the prison, which houses more than 8,000 inmates.
The fighting lasted for almost eight hours in the lockup in the coastal city of Guayaquil and authorities attributed the fighting to prison gangs linked to international drug cartels.
Quiñónez, who was 32, became a national hero in 2012 when he reached the 200-metre final at the London Games, finishing seventh in a race won by Usain Bolt.
President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency Wednesday, which will give the government powers that include deploying police and soldiers inside prisons.
Police Commander Fabian Bustos told reporters that a police and military operation had regained control of the prison after five hours.
Messi single-handedly rescued Argentina's World Cup hopes as the South American giants came from behind to win in Quito.
With more than 94 percent of voting acts counted Moreno won 51 percent of the votes to 49 percent for conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.