The Venezuelan Tachira and the Argentine rosary beads
Central tied this Thursday 2-2 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Cup
South American, so the key will be defined next week when they meet in the second leg.
From the start of the match both teams were defiant, but the Argentines saw the scoring opportunities clearer and midfielder Luciano Ferreyra appeared on the right side of the field and opened the scoring in the 26th minute.
The tachirenses, who even with this result remain undefeated at home, tried to find the equalizer almost immediately, but none of the shots were accurate enough to achieve it against a strong Juan Romero who defended the goal for his team.
The second half, however, had ups and downs, as both teams lowered the pace and increased it at different times, but several of them were used to get the tie.
In the first minutes of the second half, the tachirenses showed a better control of the ball and in the 59th minute the Venezuelan defender José Luis Granados got the 1-1 draw. In the 71st minute, Táchira saw another goal opportunity but, once again, the lack of precision played against him and the ball went out of the goal.
The ‘scoundrel’ sought to respond to that tie to gain an advantage, but did not find clear opportunities. Ferreira himself shot in the 77th minute but the ball went over the goal. The Argentines’ opportunity came after Venezuelan midfielder Maurice Cova was injured in the 83rd minute and after several attempts: Alan Marinelli managed to score the goal that for a few moments gave his team the advantage.
However, four minutes later, and already in the additional time, Douglar Angarita appeared to mark the final tie. The return match will be played on July 22 at the Rosario Central court.
1 – Rosario Central: Juan Pablo Romero; Fernando Torrent, Facundo Almada, Gastón Ávila (m.74 Nicolás Ferreyra), Lautaro Blanco; Diego Zabala, Emmanuel Ojeda (d.69 Rodrigo Villagra), Francesco Lo Celso, Luciano Ferreyra; Marco Ruben (m.82 Alan Marineli) and Lucas Gamba (m.81 Luca Martínez).
Coach: Kily González
1 – Táchira: Cristopher Varela; Nelson Hernández, Pablo Camacho, Lucas Trejo, José Luis Granados; Maurice Cova, David Zalzman; Yerson Chacón (m.79 Marlon Fernández), Edgar Pérez (m.74 Douglar Angarita), Freddy Góndola; Lucas Gómez (m.58 Anthony Uribe).
Coach: Juan Tolisano
Goals: 0-1, Luciano Ismael Ferreyra (m. 26); 1-1, José Luis Granados (m. 59), 1-2, Alan Marinelli (m. 90); 2-2, Douglar Angarita (m. 94)
Referee: the Brazilian Flavio Rodrigues De Souza.
Incidents: first leg of the round of 16 of the South American Cup, played at the Pueblo Nuevo stadium, in the Venezuelan city of San Cristóbal.