Inter de Porto Alegre achieved this Wednesday a suffered 4-3 victory against América de Cali with two goals from Uruguayan Abel Hernández and another two from Gabriel Boschilia and remains leader of Group E of the Copa Libertadores despite multiple casualties with those who faced the encounter.
The Porto Alegre team, which had to deal with the absence of a dozen starters due to sanction or injury, scored the first before the first minute of the game was completed, in which Hernández’s goal-scoring debut with the red jersey was completed, but He only secured the three points with Boschilia’s second goal in the 91st minute.
The Red Devils managed to neutralize a 3-1 against in the second half and fought until the end with the goals of Vergara, Adrián Ramos and Santiago Moreno, but the goal in added time from Inter left the effort to rescue a point to nothing .
With this victory, Inter continues to lead Group E with 7 points after 3 games played, 3 above Gremio, and 4 ahead of América. Universidad Católica closes the group without even having scored.
The Colorado team, also leaders of the Brasileirao, laid the foundations for this long-suffering victory at the Beira-Rio stadium when the first minute of play had not yet been completed.
Uendel progressed down the left wing, faked his marker and put a cross at the near post that Hernández finished off with the head.
It was the Uruguayan forward’s first goal for Internacional, signed to replace the injured Paolo Guerrero.
The advantage relaxed the team of Argentine coach Eduardo Coudet. Lindoso was able to increase the differences in another header at the exit of a corner that went high.
The second goal for the Brazilians came in the 19th minute, the result of a collective move that Uendel started, Galhardo and Hernández participated and Boschilia finished after a poor clearance by the rival goalkeeper.
With 2-0, the three points seemed assured for the locals, but América, far from lowering its arms, woke up from the hand of Juan David Pérez and Duván Vergara.
The two Colombian footballers overflowed with great ease near the rival area until Carlos Sierra saw the unmarking of Vergara’s space, who went through the area and released an impossible whip for Marcelo Lomba in the 28th minute.
First goal against Internacional in this edition of the Libertadores and America got back into the game.
The joy of the Colombians did not last long. Chaux deflected a strong shot from Galhardo, but on the next corner kick he spoiled his success.
The goalkeeper misjudged his departure and let Lindoso head. The shot crashed into the post, but Hernández appeared on the rebound to put it 3-1 on the scoreboard with fifteen minutes to go.
America again scared the home team at the beginning of the second half. The play was similar to that of Inter’s last goal. Marlon Torres hit the post on a free-kick, but the rebound fell to Adrián Ramos, who headed to make it 3-2.
Inter did not react and America continued creating danger and believing in the tie until in Vergara’s umpteenth run on the right, the Colombian winger crossed the ball for Moreno, who returned equality to the visit in the 78th minute.
When it seemed that the two teams were going to share the points, Boschilia received in front of the area and finished low to save his team, guarantee the victory and ensure the leadership.