(EFE) – The champion of the recent South American Cup and Recopa, Defense and Justice, will have a complicated test: breaking the undefeated condition of the ‘Matagigantes’ Independiente del Valle at the start of Group A of CONMEBOL Libertadores in the Ecuadorian capital .
Since making their debut in the Libertadores in 2014, the Ecuadorian team has never lost at home in Quito, not even in the recent third preliminary phase of the continental tournament, in which they had to play their home match at the Defensores del Chaco stadium in Asunción.
The measures of the Ecuadorian health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced Conmebol to schedule the match against Gremio de Brasil in Asunción, where Independiente won 2-1.
The Valle team has earned the nickname of ‘giant killer’ because not only did it eliminate the Guild, but in 2016 it reached the final of the tournament, leaving teams like River Plate, Boca Juniors and Colo Colo, among others, on the way. in 2019 he won the Copa Sudamericana.
Before eliminating Gremio, for the previous phase 2, he did the same with Unión Española. He lost 1-0 in Chile, but he took his revenge in spades and humiliated him in Quito (6-2).
Under the technical direction of the Portuguese Renato Paiva, the ‘giant killer’ seems to have found the best football harmony with a squad in which experience and youth are perfectly mixed.
The strength of the team begins from its arc, with Moisés Ramírez, 20, defenders William Pacho (19), Argentine-Ecuadorian Richard Schunke (29); Argentine midfielders Cristian Pellerano (39), Lorenzo Faravelli (28); and the attackers, the Argentine Christian Ortiz (28), the Paraguayan Brian Montenegro (27) and the new jewel of the picture, Pedro Vite (19).
For its part, Defensa y Justicia is experiencing one of its best seasons, as it was proclaimed champion of the 2020 South American Cup, last January, by beating Lanús, and on April 7, it obtained the title of the Recopa Sudamericana, by defeating to Palmeiras.
In the League Cup dispute, however, it lost 1-0 to Independiente last Sunday and is in seventh place in Group B, among 13 teams, with 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats, in which scored 15 goals and received 14.
The team of coach Sebastián Beccacece will be led by one of the top scorers of the Argentine tournament, Walter Bou.
INDEPENDENT OF THE VALLEY: Moisés Ramírez; José Hurtado, William Pacho, Richard Schunke, Luis Segovia; Cristian Pellerano, Lorenzo Faravelli, Jacob Murillo; Pedro Vite, Brian Montenegro and Christian Ortiz. Technician: Renato Paiva.
DEFENSE AND JUSTICE: Ezequiel Unsain; Emanuel Britez, Adonis Frías, Fernando Meza, Marcelo Benítez; Raúl Loaiza, Enzo Fernández, Francisco Pizzini, Carlos Rotondi; Brian Romero and Walter Bou. Technician: Sebastián Beccacece.
REFEREE: Mario Díaz De Vivar, Paraguayan, assisted by his compatriots José Cuevas and Julio Aranda.
STADIUM: Rodrigo Paz Delgado, owned by Liga de Quito, in the Ecuadorian capital.
HOUR: 19.00 local time (21:00 in Argentina).