(Video) Young midfielder Jordi Alcivar was the hero of the night by scoring two comeback goals.
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The daring Liga de Quito won this Tuesday the passage to the quarter-finals of the Copa Sudamericana 2021 with a surprise victory over Gremio de Porto Alegre 2-1 (2-2), who suffered from the excessive defensive approach of new player Luis Felipe Scolari.
Young midfielder Jordi Alcivar was the hero of the night by converting two comeback goals in 44, a powerful header, and in 56, with a questionable penalty kick, which was pointed out after VAR analysis.
And striker Diego Sousa opened the scoring in the 23rd minute for the Brazilians with a header that Gabarini could not achieve after a minute cross from the left from Alisson.
This Tuesday’s winner will face La Liga de Quito from Brazil’s Atlético Paranaense and América de Cali in the round of 16.
The biggest turning point in the game came at the start of the second half, when Ecuadorean midfielder Johan Julio fell suspiciously inside the area to Fernando Henrique.
For several minutes, the VAR was analyzing whether the touch the Brazilian gave him with his leg caused the Ecuadorean to fall, and Venezuelan referee Jose Argot finished by indicating the maximum penalty.
Alcivar scored his second goal that night. And Gremio, who is second in the Brazilian League, changed his face, because with the 2-2 part of the series he was out, and he began to search desperately for the winning goal. But it was too late.
Scolari, who suffered a first setback in his fourth stage at the head of the tricolor, used the same strategy as in the first leg, defending and waiting to counterattack, but this time, in his fourth match he did not go as well. As in the first three.
From the start, with a 4-3-3 score, the union gave the match to the Ecuadorians, who desperately needed a win after losing 1-0 in the first leg and took advantage of the space to win the match (during almost the entire match. 60% possession of the ball).
Everything seemed smooth for the three colors with Sousa’s goal, but they were surprised by the return of Albus, who gave the new Argentine coach Pablo Marini his first happiness.
“What matters is getting to the goal and scoring,” said Gabriel Chapecco, the tri-colored goalkeeper.
After the penalty kick, Scolari’s men began besieging the Ecuadorean region, taking advantage of the Quito League against the start. With quick passes, they sought to create danger, but they did so in a disorganized fashion, with little luck.
The Venezuelan referee extended the second half by more than 10 minutes due to confusion in erecting the barrier in a serious foul for the Ecuadoreans who ended up resisting. (Dr)
Syndicate: Gabriel Chapico Vanderson de Oliveira Campos, Pedro Jeromell, Walter Kahneman (Ruan Tresolde Neto, 81 min), Bruno Cortez (Diogo Barbosa 71); Leonardo Augusto dos Santos Pereira (César Benares, 64 min), Fernando Enrique Pereira (Leonardo Alves Chu Franco, 71), Victor Popesin, Alison (Guilherme Azevedo, 81 min); Diego, Jean Berry. DT: Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Quito University: Adrian Gabarini, Pedro Perlaza, Franklin Guerra, Luis Caicedo, Luis Ayala; Matías Zunino (Jose Quinteros, 79 min), Ezequiel Piové, Johan Julio (Cristian Cruz, 90 min), Jordi Alcivar, Kevin Mercado (Lucas Villarroel, 71 min); Luis Amarilla. DT: Pablo Marini.
Playground: Arena do Gremio (Porto Alegre)
Rule: Jose Argot (Fin). Dos Santos Pereira (21 minutes), Kahneman (80 minutes) warned in the union. Zunino (72 minutes) from Lega (Q).
Syndicate: Diego (23 minutes)
Quito University: Alcivar (44 min 56 min penalty)