(EFE) – Independiente won 1-0 against Atlético Tucumán at the Libertadores de América stadium, in the first leg of the duel of Argentine teams in the second phase of the South American Cup with a solitary penalty from Silvio Romero.
The team led by Lucas Pusineri achieved a meager home advantage against a rival who played almost the entire second stage with one less player due to the expulsion of Ramiro Carrera.
The series will be defined next Thursday, November 5 at the Monumental José Fierro Stadium, in Tucumán, and the winner of this key will be measured against the winner of the cross between the Uruguayan Fénix and the Chilean Huachipato, who registered in the first leg a victory for the Uruguayan team at home 3-1.
At the start of the game, the visitor from Tucumán was more precise and determined with Lucas Melano and Javier Toledo rotating on the attack front, although without the necessary depth to bring danger to the local goal.
As the minutes went by, Independiente settled down on the field and the game circuits appeared with Jonathan Menéndez and Alan Velsaco as axes in search of the offensive reference of Paraguayan Silvio Romero.
In the 26th minute, a foul by Yonathan Cabral came to the ground and knocked down Federico Martínez, in an action that the Uruguayan referee Christian Ferreyra declared as a penalty.
The scorer Romero took responsibility and with a crossed shot he left goalkeeper Cristian Luchetti without possibilities to put Independiente ahead.
Those led by Ricardo Zielinski did not give up and had two chances to go to rest with the long-awaited tie, but the lack of aim and the solvency of Uruguayan Sebastián Sosa allowed ‘Rojo’ to go to the locker room with an advantage.
Zielinski opted for the rotation with the income of Leonardo Heredia, Agustín Lagos and Ramiro Ruiz Rodríguez, but the plans were altered at minute 49 with the expulsion of Ramiro Carrera.
Independiente took the reins of the game and had at least three clear chances to extend the advantage with a youth like Alan Velasco, who with his freshness contributed to imbalance in the offensive of ‘Rojo’.
Two interventions by goalkeeper Luchetti and a shot just deflected by Jonathan Menéndez left the ‘Dean’ on target and he could even have gone with a draw to Tucumán, but Sebastián Sosa opportunely deflected a crossed shot by Melano.
It ended with a 1-0 victory for Independiente in an Argentine key that will be defined next Thursday in Tucumán.