(EFE) – Emelec defeated Unión de Santa Fe, in Argentina, as a visitor 1-0, in the first leg of the second phase of the South American Cup and will define in Guayaquil the passage to the second round with less haste and more tranquility.
The Uruguayan Facundo Barceló scored the only goal of the match of the series, which will have its outcome on November 5 at the George Capwell Stadium.
The winner of this cross between Argentines and Ecuadorians will be measured in the round of 16 with the winner of the match between the Peruvian Melgar and the Brazilian Bahia.
The meeting was intense but with little precision and, at this point, it should be noted that Unión de Santa Fe returned to play an official match after 228 days in a stoppage of more than seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The local team, in its second consecutive participation in this South American Cup, had the debut of Juan Manuel Azconzábal as coach in an adverse result that he will have to seek to reverse as a visitor to continue his participation in this continental tournament.
Emelec, who is seeking his first international title to the one he was closest to in 2001 when he was runner-up in the now-defunct Merconorte Cup, was better positioned to win the key.
Emelec had greater control of the ball and had the best options in the first stage: first with a shot by Joao Rojas López that went close and then, at 42 minutes, the Uruguayan Facundo Barceló caught a loose ball in the area and defined with certainty.
In the second stage, Unión improved his possession of the ball and with the income of Gastón Comas and Kevin Zenon he had two clear options to reach the tie, the clearest with a taco in the area of Franco Troyansky that goalkeeper Pedro Ortíz stopped, well located.
Coach Ismael Rescalvo rotated the relay bench and at the end was entered Roberto Ordoñez, who wasted a heads up against Sebastián Moyano that could have given Emelec a greater difference for the second leg in Guayaquil.