Junior defeated Liga de Quito in Ecuador and is the leader of its group in the Copa Libertadores

Junior defeated Liga de Quito in Ecuador and is the leader of its group in the Copa Libertadores
Junior defeated Liga de Quito in Ecuador and is the leader of its group in the Copa Libertadores

05/14/2024

The Colombian club Junior beat Liga de Quito 0-1 as a visitor This Tuesday, on the fifth and penultimate day of Group D of the 2024 Copa Libertadores, placing themselves on the threshold of the round of 16 of the tournament.

The “king of cups” Ecuadorian was in turn left with one foot outside the Libertadores. If he leaves, he will depend on others to try to access this year’s Copa Sudamericana as a consolation.

The “Tiburón” of Barranquilla, the only undefeated member of the groupand which tied 1-1 with the League in the first leg, won the victory at the Quito altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level, thanks to José Enamorado’s solitary goal (37 minutes).

In that way, Junior added 9 points to remain leader, chased by the Brazilian Botafogo (6), the Peruvian Universitario de Deportes (5) and Liga (4). The date will be completed this Thursday with the clash between the ‘U’ and Fogão in Lima.

The “currambero” Enamorado showed off by taking a counterattack from the red and white captain Carlos Bacca that caught the rival with its ranks advanced at a time when it was desperately seeking victory to revive in the series.

With speed, The striker advanced to surpass two white players and define with a shot towards the right hand of Alexander Domínguez.

The annotation It was recorded on the third attempt due to the distressing performance of the goalkeeperwhich prevented the ball from nesting on two occasions, one of them by Colombian Marco Pérez.

After his claim, Pérez did not want to waste the masterful opportunity when the cabin was still desolate. and served the ball to Enamorado, who fit under the gaze of league player Facundo Rodríguez, who appeared like a statue behind Domínguez.

The team Barranquilla has barely achieved the subtitle of the Sudamericana (2018) in its centenary life.

With the anger of his fans on top of him, Quito’s “merengue” is closing a fatal semesterin which they lost the final of the 2024 South American Cup Winners’ Cup with a 2-1 aggregate against the Brazilian Fluminense, who won 2-0 in the revenge played in Rio de Janeiro.

in the national championship runs third with 25 points in eleven presentations, being their best position so far and without showing greater ambition to revalidate the title obtained last year.

The group will conclude on May 28 with the Junior-Botafogo matches in Barranquilla and the Liga-Universitario in Quito.

 
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