Binacional received in Lima, which cost a lot, Liga de Quito for the third date of group D of the Copa Libertadores. The Peruvian team, which starred in a painful and humiliating win a few months ago in Buenos Aires against River Plate, could not achieve a favorable result and is relegated in the last position of their bracket.
A solitary goal by the Uruguayan midfielder Matías Zunino served Liga de Quito to win this Tuesday 0-1 against Binational, Peruvian league champion, who only made one shot on goal in the 90 minutes .
The victory helped the Ecuadorian team to momentarily become the leader of Group D, in the absence of São Paulo and River Plate playing their match on Thursday.
The final result fell short in view of the clear superiority shown by the white team who wore black at the National Stadium in Lima and had some very clear opportunities to have guaranteed the three points a lot before the end.
He missed Juliaca
As expected, Binacional accused playing home at sea level, and not in Juliaca, his fiefdom at 3,800 meters where he had already defeated São Paulo 2-1 in the first date of the tournament.
The lake squad Titicaca was also unable to have its top scorer, the Peruvian striker Aldair Rodríguez whose transfer to América de Cali seems imminent.
Liga did not have its highest figure either, the midfielder Júnior Sornoza but his absence was less noticeable thanks to Jhojan Julio, who despite his youth did not shake his legs to put the Peruvian defense in trouble .
Even so, the locals started more inspired and were about to surprise the visitors in minute 3 with a great shot from Colombian striker Johan Arango that the Argentine LDU goalkeeper Adrián Gabbarini sent to corner with the fingertips.
It was a mirage. After 15 minutes, the albos took over the game, locked up the celestial in their plot and began to impose their law, especially on the bands with the speed and deployment of Zunino and Marcos Caicedo, who had a fiery duel with the right back Colombian Dahwling Leudo.
However, it was in the middle of the field where LDU found the goal, with a precise and astute pass between the lines of the Argentine midfielder Ezequiel Piovi to leave only Zunino, who beat the Peruvian goalkeeper Raúl Fernández without any opposition .
The goal of the Uruguayan midfielder exploded the weak confidence of the Binacional, which again showed itself as the timorous team that received the humiliating thrashing by 8-0 at the expense of River Plate in the Monumental of Buenos Aires just before that the tournament be suspended due to the emergency of COVID-19.
The break did not help the team led by the Peruvian Javier Arce to reorganize itself and the Liga Deportiva Universitaria arrived with great ease.
The university team was not satisfied with a single goal in their locker and they continued to pressure and suffocate the Binational.
The university team had three times in the second half to increase its minimum advantage, two from Zunino and the clearest from Piovi, who escaped a few centimeters from the post in a heads up with the goalkeeper.
In the end, the team coached by the Uruguayan Pablo Repetto did not have to regret those wasted chances, because Binacional never knew how to create danger in their area, their forwards went unnoticed and the three points went to Quito.