Aucas has life: he pushed until the end and rescued a draw that keeps him within reach in the fight for the stage :: Olé Ecuador

Aucas has life: he pushed until the end and rescued a draw that keeps him within reach in the fight for the stage :: Olé Ecuador
Aucas has life: he pushed until the end and rescued a draw that keeps him within reach in the fight for the stage :: Olé Ecuador

05/19/2024 3:14 p.m.Updated on 05/19/2024 6:02 p.m.

Aucas and Universidad Católica played one of the best games of Phase 1 of LigaPro 2024. The Orientales overcame a 0-2 deficit to rescue a point at home and stay close to the leader Independiente del Valle. While Chatoleí wasted a good advantage and the chance to get closer to the Negriazules to continue fighting for the stage.

The Little Blue Train had one more march than its rival in the match, it was better from the beginning of the match. It never felt like they were asking for control of the duel until the 80th minute when everything changed.

The local team paid dearly for the lack of intensity with which they came out in the first half, very passive, waiting to make the counterattack. While doing that, the Camarattas generated one option after another. José Fajardo missed two chances before opening the scoring 35 minutes into the game.

The Panamanian beat center back Luis Cangá and kicked the ball into the area after a cross from his compatriot Ismael Díaz. It was a blow from which the Idol of the People could not recover quickly, there were even incidents between players after Gustavo Vallecilla pushed Édison Vega. But a yellow card to the visiting defender settled all the controversy.

The match became heated because it was important for both clubs. That is why at the beginning of the second half Aucas came out with everything in search of an equalizer, he had options, but Rafael Romo was one of the figures in the cast led by Jorge Célico. And when the locals were at their best, a goal against Jeison Medina at 51′ extended the advantage for the visitors.

José Fajardo celebrates, together with his compatriot Ismael Díaz, his goal against Aucas. Photo: API

From there the path seemed paved for the Little Blue Train. But a penalty awarded in the 80th minute changed the outcome of the match. Layan Loor stepped on Mario Sanabria inside the area, so Roberto Sánchez, from the VAR, called Augusto Aragón, central judge, to review the play and he ruled a penalty.

Jeison Medina changed the maximum penalty into a goal and the field leaned in favor of the Dad. The fans got up and with their will and heart they reached the tie at 89′ thanks to Jean Carlos Blanco. The Colombian headed a three-finger cross from Briones into the area to beat Romo.

This is how the standings remained after the tie between Aucas and Universidad Católica

The LigaPro standings after the tie between Aucas and Universidad Católica.

This was Fajardo’s goal for 1-0

This was the goal against Jeison Medina for the 2-0

Jeison Medina’s discount for Aucas (2-1)

Jean Carlos Blanco’s draw for Aucas (2-2)

Match statistics

 
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