(EFE) – Two goals scored at 88 and 90 minutes by Tiago Banega and Benjamín Garré allowed Racing Club to defeat Alianza Lima 2-0, a team that remained in the basement of Group F of the Copa Libertadores de América.
The annotations did justice to a match that Racing dominated widely, but that it had not been able to seal due to lack of the punch and, also, due to the good performance of goalkeeper Leao Butrón, who even saved a penalty in the first half.
Although Alianza tried to show better arguments in the second half, the first half was a total dominance of Racing, which took control of the actions against a rival with serious defensive problems and lack of coordination, even when trying to get out with the ball under control.
Only two minutes later the Academy already had the first risky play, when a Sigali header hit the crossbar defended by Butrón, who at 43 became the great figure of Alianza.
The control of the ball and the shots that forced Butrón’s reflexes followed one another in the following minutes, until the 13th minute Reniero entered at speed and was knocked down in the small area by the Peruvian goalkeeper.
However, Butrón immediately vindicated himself, stopping with great solvency the penalty sent by Reniero himself with a low shot.
Encouraged by this action, Alianza replied at full speed, in his only deep action of the entire half, that the young Oslimg Mora failed after faking an Argentine defender.
Despite its dominance, there were also moments when Racing lacked coordination between its lines and effectiveness in the last meters, which prevented it from taking advantage of the great advantages that its Peruvian rival gave it.
In the second half, the Argentine team maintained control of the game, but Alianza tried to get out a little further from the bottom, especially due to initiatives by Arroé and Cruzado, although without causing major shocks to the visiting pool.
When 82 minutes were played, Alianza Lima had a clear option to open the account, but a shot crossed by the Colombian attacker Cristian Zúñiga was just deflected from the goal defended by Arias.
In response, Racing took a last push and, at 88, opened the scoring with a shot from the center of the Banega area, which two minutes later was followed by another similar shot from Garré that put up definitive figures.
With this result, Racing is second in Group F and maintains its expectations of advancing in the Libertadores, while Alianza continues as the last classified in its series, in addition to adding 21 games without winning in the continental tournament.