Ecuadorian Barcelona surprised Brazilian Santos on Tuesday in the first match of Group C of the Copa Libertadores by winning 0-2 at the Vila Belmiro stadium.
Carlos Garcés’ goal and Brazilian Pará’s own goal ended the Ecuadorian victory, which leaves Barcelona with three points in front of the group completed by Boca Juniors and The Stronges.
Santos were surprised in the first minutes by the visiting team, who with the American of Argentine origin Michael Hoyos and the creative nationalized Ecuadorian Damián Díaz brought danger to the goal of the Brazilian runner-up defended by Joao Paulo.
The homeowners, led by Argentine Ariel Holan, reacted and Marinho, the most outstanding player in last season, rang the warning bell at eleven minutes and then again insisted on the Argentine goalkeeper Javier Burrai, as did the forward Marcos Leonardo.
Barcelona, also run by Argentine coach Fabián Bustos, did not lower his guard and responded in the final minutes of the first half with sharp attacks from his compatriot Emmanuel Martínez, Garcés, Mario Pineida and, again, from Díaz.
The first half ended in a draw in the middle of a heavy downpour that fell on the São Paulo port of Santos.
In the complementary stage, the whole of the port of Guayaquil imposed conditions from the beginning and in an error by Pará, Martínez took the opportunity to steal the ball and enable Garcés, who opened the scoring at the Vila Belmiro stadium at 52 minutes.
With the scoreboard adverse, Holan moved some chips, but Barcelona continued as owner of the ball and after 60 minutes Martinez crashed a shot in the horizontal.
Thus, the second of the Ecuadorian team was not long in coming and in a projection of Hoyos, who was looking for Garcés, the full-back Pará deflected the ball that ended up in his own goal, for the 0-2 and once again had a direct impact on the goal. opponent’s goal.
With the 0-2 against them, Santos turned to the attack in the final minutes to reduce the difference, mainly with plays by the gunner Marinho, the Venezuelan Yéferson Soteldo and the recently entered Lucas Lourenço
In the other group match, Bolivian The Strongest will host Argentine Boca Juniors on Wednesday in La Paz.
On the second day, meanwhile, Boca Juniors will host Santos on April 27 in Buenos Aires and a day later Barcelona will play at home against The Strongest.