(EFE) – In a night with three penalties, the Brazilian Bahia missed the victory and had to settle on Tuesday with a 2-2 draw, against Independiente on the third day of Group E of the South American Cup.
Luiz Otavio and Thaciano scored for Salvador’s “Tricolor”, while Jonathan Herrera and Alan Velasco, both penalized, scored for the “King of Cups”. Gunner Gilberto wasted a maximum penalty that could mean victory for the homeowners.
With the home draw, Rojo leads the group with seven points, two more than Bahía; while the Uruguayan Montevideo City Torque, with one, and the Bolivian Guabirá, still without adding, will complete the third day this Wednesday on Uruguayan soil.
The match played at the Pituaçú stadium in Salvador, with arbitration by Chilean Roberto Tobar, began with caution by both teams and only at the end of the first half, at minute 42, Velasco suffered a foul by Luiz Otavio that the judge sanctioned as a penalty. and Herrera thus put the Argentines at an advantage.
In the second half, the visiting team increased the advantage quickly, at 50 minutes, with another penalty from Renán Guedes on the newly entered Brian Martínez and executed with precision by Velasco.
The reaction of the local team was immediate and at 56 minutes, after a play by Rodriguuinho, Thaciano converted the discount goal.
The sought-after tie came in the 81st minute, in a corner kick taken by Áleson and that Luiz Otavio capitalized with a header for the 2-2 and redeemed himself from the foul committed for the first visitor goal.
A minute later, Maycon Douglas was brought down in the area by goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa. The Uruguayan goalkeeper rewarded the failure by blocking Gilberto’s shot and thus leaving the score at 2-2.
Bahía will visit Guabirá on May 13, while the Argentines will expose the leadership two days before in the Uruguayan capital against Montevideo City Torque.