Peñarol he won this Thursday by 1-2 at National in the Uruguayan Classic played for the round of 16 of the Cup
South American with goals from Agustín Canobbio and Valentín Rodríguez.
With a great job from Walter Gargano in the center of the field and a very good job on the wings, the visiting team dominated the game from start to finish and could even get a bigger result.
After 22 years without facing each other in an official international tournament, Nacional and Peñarol came out to play with very different ideas. Nacional jumped onto the field with a defensive 4-4-2 in which the midfielder who stood on the left side is a footballer who usually plays as a winger. In this way, the tricolor practically did not generate dangerous situations. On the other hand, the visitor’s coach, Mauricio Larriera, bet on a 4-2-3-1 that sought the rival goal from the beginning of the match.
Before ten minutes, a header from Fabricio Formiliano that crashed against the crossbar could become the first goal for Peñarol, who dominated the ball during the initial 45. The tricolor responded with a close shot from Joaquín Trasante that goalkeeper Kevin Dawson controlled without major difficulties.
As the minutes went by, the aurinegro squeezed and began to play closer to the rival area thanks to the good work of Gargano in the center of the field and his two full-backs, who practically never lagged behind. Faced with this, Nacional bet on the backlash, although at no time was it able to enable young Brian Ocampo to exploit his speed.
With 10 minutes remaining, a distant shot from Joaquín Piquerez found a great response from goalkeeper Sergio Rochet, who saved Nacional. In this way, everything indicated that the first half was going to go goalless, a situation that changed when added time was played. At 46 minutes, Agustín Canobbio carried the ball through the right sector, built a wall with Agustín Álvarez Martínez and when he received the ball he took a shot that Rochet could not stop. In this way, Peñarol went to the dressing room winning 0-1 in a deserved way.
In the second half, the tricolor tried to approach the rival goal in the first moments, although the game did not change much and Peñarol continued to dominate. A header from Álvarez Martínez and a shot from Fabricio Formiliano, who went off in an incredible way, could become the second goal for the aurinegro. Meanwhile, the locals approached through a free kick from Andres D’Alessandro that was lost outside.
At the end, again when added time was played, Peñarol found a new goal that by then they already deserved. The young Valentín Rodríguez, who had entered minutes before, made a great play on the left, left his rivals behind and with a powerful shot scored the 0-2 for Peñarol.
In this way, everything indicated that the series was quite on track for the visitor with 90 minutes to go. However, Gonzalo Bergessio had another plan. At 93 minutes, Felipe Carballo took advantage of an error in the opponent’s exit and launched a cross that the Argentine forward connected with his head to score the 1-2.
Thus, the Nacional got a fundamental goal to play the second leg, which will take place next Thursday and which at the moment has Peñarol winning justifiably after having played a great game in the Great Central Park.