The Ceara Brazilian tied this Tuesday without goals against Arsenal on the second day of Group C of the South American Cup and maintained the leadership while waiting for the match between Bolivians Bolívar and Jorge Wilstermann.
While waiting for what happens between Bolivian clubs on Thursday, Ceará leads the classification of zone C with four points, Bolívar has three, Arsenal one and Jorge Wilstermann zero, because he lost in his debut against the Brazilians.
Arsenal’s left-back Lucas Suárez had to be replaced due to injury in the 12th minute. In his place came Emiliano Papa, 39 years old and with a past in the Argentine national team, Vélez and Independiente, among other teams.
Arsenal and Ceará shared possession of the ball and, although they sought the rival goal quite a bit, they did so without precision in the shots. The locals tried to reach the goal on the wings, but the Brazilians were firm and deserved to win.
Arsenal manager Sergio Rondina sent Brian Farioli onto the field at halftime in place of Emiliano Méndez to try to make the team a bit more offensive, but failed to tilt the field in his favor.
Arsenal, who had three consecutive victories in the local tournament, could not transfer their good performance to the international tournament. The local goalkeeper Alejandro Medina was one of the figures and took out two balls that were destined for a goal.
In Ceará, Colombian John Mendoza stood out, who was very close to scoring several times.
The second day will close on Thursday with the duel between Bolivians. On the third matchday, Ceará will visit Bolívar and Arsenal will host Jorge Wilstermann.