Buenos Aires (EFE) – Defense and Justice, trained by Hernán Crespo, was proclaimed champion of the 2020 South American Cup this Saturday by beating his compatriots from Lanús 0-3 in the also Argentine city of Córdoba.
El Halcón beat Garnet in all facets of the game and did not let his prey breathe, trapped between the good football of Crespo’s men, who won what is the first title in history for Defensa y Justicia, a team founded in 1935.
THE CRESPO LINES
In football there are many more lines than those drawn on the grass and jerseys and, in fact, those lines most of the time divert attention from the important ones: those that are not seen and that are collectively woven well.
In football, the person who best dominates the lines usually wins, who turns them into pieces with which to connect all the points on the board, and this Saturday, Defense and Justice, confirmed it by winning the South American after an outstanding tactical display.
The final was started by the box in the town of Florencio Varela with a very obvious sign that these lines do exist: an exquisite pass from midfielder Enzo Fernández crossed the midfield area and Lanús defensive block and left the ball at the precise point to the one that reached the diagonal of the attacker Braian Romero.
Romero drew another line, a curve, to lift the ball over the Lanús goalkeeper, and despite the beauty of the definition, his direction was off by just inches.
Romero himself was the one who saw his teammate Franco Paredes near the half hour of play, but on that occasion it was goalkeeper Lautaro Morales who put an end to a powerful straight line of shooting and thus end the second approach of ‘Defe ‘.
Who would have thought that the architect who drew those magical lines for the Falcon would be Hernán Crespo, who was playing for his first title as a coach at age 45, after his successful career as a striker.
A CENTRAL OPENED THE SCOREBOARD WITH THE FIRST BOTH OF ITS CAREER
The goal that opened the can was scored by the central Frías, but he built it, pulling lines, the entire defense sector of Defense and Justice: looking for the left wing first, reaching almost to the end of the field and crossing the ball to the small area.
Manual: and with a bit of magic thanks to a heel pass from Francisco Pizzini that facilitated all the action.
When he scored, Frías celebrated him with a kiss on the shield that he will always remember because it was not only the first goal of the final but the first goal of his entire sports career, and at what moment.
In all that time and until the break, Defense and Justice also stifled any intention of putting up opposing lines on the part of their rival.
ROMERO AND WASHINGTON CAMACHO SENTENCED
Not even the experienced forward Pepe Sand could do it, who rather than build lines, dug them backward to his mark to keep the ball, all the game playing from behind.
Nor did the young promise Pedro de la Vega appear, replaced in the second half with some physical discomfort.
In the second half, the second goal arrived, which put things very in favor of Defense, and very against those of Luis Zubeldia, blurred in the technical area.
In the second, Braian Romero, the top scorer in the Sudamericana with ten goals, did get the Vaseline that had failed at the start of the game and the coach jumped with joy as when he scored goals with the Argentine team.
In added time, the Uruguayan Washington Camacho turned the result into a win with a 0-3 that made the few people explode – members of the Defense expedition – who were in the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium in Córdoba, otherwise empty because of the covid-19 pandemic.
And so, thanks to the Crespo lines, a team from a humble neighborhood in the south of Buenos Aires won the first title in its history, which was also in an international competition and arrived to round off a project that in recent years had already given warnings that he was hungry for drinks.