Copa Sudamericana: Alianza fell 3-1 against Universidad Católica in Valledupar | news today

Copa Sudamericana: Alianza fell 3-1 against Universidad Católica in Valledupar | news today
Copa Sudamericana: Alianza fell 3-1 against Universidad Católica in Valledupar | news today

Universidad Católica’s Panamanian forward Ismael Díaz (center), Efraín Navarro (left) and Alianza defender Jesús Figueroa fight for the ball during the first leg of the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana at the Armando Maestre Pavajeau stadium from Valledupar.

Photo: AFP – RAUL ARBOLEDA

The Ecuadorian Catholic University came back 1-3 this Tuesday in its visit to the Colombian Alianza, which it faced on the third day of Group B of the Copa Sudamericana, which left it solid at the top with seven points on a good night from Jhon Jairo Cifuentes .

Camaratta started better at the Armando Maestre Pavajeau stadium with José Fajardo worrying from very early on and looking to connect with the Panamanian Ismael Díaz, until the high pressure of the Colombians paid off with the ball that Jhair Castillo stole from Fausto Grillo so that Emerson Batalla unleashed a powerful shot at the edge of the area and beat Venezuelan goalkeeper Rafael Romo in the eighth minute.

The Ecuadorians, led by former La Tri coach Jorge Célico, wanted to react with direct football and Fajardo fighting between the center backs, in addition to the incursions of Layan Loor and Aron Rodríguez, who failed to break the resistance of the locals, who had in Battle to their most dangerous player and they worked well on the wings, especially with Efraín Navarro.

In the first stage, Batalla was close to the double after surprising goalkeeper Romo when he looked for an Olympic goal, while on the visit Gustavo Vallecilla appeared in danger to join Fajardo, and Díaz warned of accumulating rivals in another arrival before the break.

For the complement, the teams did not save anything, especially the Little Blue Train, but the one who first warned was Alianza with the ball that Mayer Gil crashed into the vertical in a play by Michael Rangel, to give way to the visitor’s best moment that he had three clear chances in a frenetic moment.

The U’s clearest option was with Rodríguez, when goalkeeper Pier Luigi Grazziani was already defeated, but Leonardo Saldaña took the ball before it crossed the line, and a minute later it was Luciano Nieto who was close to tying with a shot medium distance.

With Camaratta focused on the attack, Grazziani stopped another goal ball, this time in a fight with Díaz and before Pedro Franco’s own goal in the 56th minute when he tried to clear a cross from Gregory Anangonó to give way to another game, completely dominated by the visitor and with the influence of Jhon Jairo Cifuentes, whose entry was decisive, scoring the second and assisting for the third.

To complete the comeback, Díaz did the dirty work by removing Santiago Orozco’s mark and looking for Cifuentes, who defined with power and freedom in the 69th, a blow that the Colombian squad could not assimilate and fell apart as the minutes passed. to the point of allowing the Panamanian Díaz to make it 1-3 in the 77th minute.

Although the Valledupar team hurried and moved the bench, they did not find the answers or the definition because Ruyery Blanco and Royscer Colpa squandered their options at the end of the game.

On the next day, Alianza receives Cruzeiro as bottom (one point) and under pressure in Valledupar, while Universidad Católica receives Unión La Calera.

 
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