(EFE) .- Lucas Janson pushed Vélez Sarsfield to the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana on Tuesday by scoring two of the five goals with which the Argentine club, on a brilliant night, beat Deportivo Cali 1-5 in the second leg of the round of 16.
With this result, the team led by Mauricio Pellegrino completed a bulging 7-1 on aggregate against a Cali that looked disorganized and collapsed after the 26-year-old’s first goal.
The other three goals were the work of the Peruvian center-back Luis Abram and forward Cristian Tarragona, who entered the second half and converted twice, while Agustín Palavecino scored the provisional 1-2 that only served as an illusion for a Cali that came down as the minutes go by.
The hosts, who were eliminated from the Colombian league on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at home to La Equidad, struggled to break an orderly defense led by Lautaro Gianetti and Abram.
Although the ‘Azucareros’ had some approaches, generated by Palavecino’s creativity, Liniers’ team opened the scoring at minute 20 when Janson stole the ball from Uruguayan center-back Hernán Lessse and defeated the resistance of David González.
Although the blow meant that Deportivo Cali had to score four goals at that time to qualify, Palavecino continued to insist and smashed a ball off the crossbar at minute 24 with a very strong shot from mid-range.
After that play, the locals lost spark and that was taken advantage of by Vélez to put the 0-2 in a corner kick badly defended by Arias’s team and in which the ball was left to Janson who, with a lot of space, took another right hand impossible to stop for González.
The reaction was immediate and Palavecino, in a good individual play, took a right shot from the edge of the area and beat Matías Borgogno, who played his second game as a professional.
In the complementary stage, Pellegrino’s team took advantage of the disorder of a team that went on the attack and left many spaces behind.
That was how the 1-3 came, in a play in which there was another defensive deconcentration and the Peruvian Abram took the opportunity to finish off with space after the blunder on the mark of a rival.
With the wound open, and a Cali without a clear north and waiting for what an exhausted Palavecino could create, Vélez scored the fourth goal at 74 in a lethal counterattack that defined Tarragona, entered in the second half.
That blow ended up unbalancing the game and Cali, totally out of control, ended up with nine players because the referee expelled Andrés Colorado and José Enamorado for two very strong fouls on their rivals.
After those plays, Tarragona took advantage and scored the final 1-5, which puts an outstanding Vélez and ordered to wait for a rival between the Catholic University and River Plate of Uruguay, who will define the classification on Thursday.