The Guild Brazilian premiered this Thursday at the Cup
South American with a 2-1 win over the Colombian The
Equity, in a match on the first day of Group H.
The goals of the Gremio were converted in the 36th minute by the experienced Diego Souza, with a header after taking advantage of a Ferreira center, and at 76 with the defender Paulo Miranda, who had entered the field of play only two minutes before the annotate. Forward Omar Duarte cut for the Colombian team one minute from the end, before being sent off. The match between Brazilians and Colombians was played without an audience at the Arena do Gremio stadium in Porto Alegre.
The new Gremio coach, Tiago Nunes, who takes over from Renato Gaúcho, accompanied the team from the rostrum and met earlier, in the afternoon, with interim strategist Thiago Gomes, who must continue in the ‘Tricolor’ . The “insurance” team in the Colombian capital felt the absence from 23 minutes of the creative Stalin Motta, who had to be replaced due to injury.
In the second half, the visiting team, led by Alexis García, had more prominence and always sought a tie with plays mostly starring Diego Herazo, their main reference in the attack. Paraguayan referee Éber Aquino sent off local defender Rodrigues in the 71st minute for the second yellow card after a foul on Colombian Wálmer Pacheco.
With one less player and giving up dominance for La Equidad, the Gremio reacted in the 76th minute from a corner kick when winger Rafinha raised a cross that Diego Souza headed and the shot was left over for Paulo Miranda to seal the final 2-0.
The discount came in the 89th minute, when Duarte, with just a few minutes on the field, dribbled over Rafinha and left goalkeeper Brenno without a chance, but three minutes later the Colombian attacker was sent off for a treacherous foul on the former Bayern Munich side.
The other match of the group was played at the same time in Caracas by the Venezuelan Aragua, who lost 0-1 to the Argentine Lanús. On the next day, April 29, La Equidad will host Aragua in Bogotá and the Gremio will visit Lanús.