Vélez Sarsfield, led by Mauricio Pellegrino, beat Ecuador’s Quito League 3-1 this Thursday on the fourth day of Group G of the Copa Libertadores and was second and in the qualifying zone with two dates remaining. of the first instance.
The first goal of the match was made at 45 minutes by Thiago Almada, who had previously missed a penalty. The second was the work of Lucas Janson at 69 minutes and the third by Federico Mancuello at 93.
Uruguayan Matías Zunino discounted at 78.
The Brazilian Flamengo leads with ten points, now followed by Vélez with six points. Liga de Quito is third with four points and Unión La Calera is fourth with two integers.
At 4 minutes, the Ecuadorian defender José Quintero wanted to reject a ball within his own area, but instead of hitting the ball he hit Janson and committed a penalty.
Almada took over the shot, but his shot hit the post and the visiting team breathed a sigh of relief.
Vélez took possession of the ball and had a possession that was close to 70% during the first half, but failed to transform possession into dangerous plays.
The offensive midfielder Agustín Bouzat, who played wide open on the right of the attack, was the only one who managed to disturb the local defenders a bit, who defended themselves very close to their own area.
However, Fortín reached the goal in the 45th minute when Janson overflowed on the right and sent a center back that Almada converted into a goal with a first-rate shot.
Liga de Quito came out to play the second half with a different attitude and was close to a draw.
But Pellegrino sent Ricardo Centurión to the field, who two minutes after entering, he threw a cross from the right, after a team play that included several short passes, which Janson headed to make it 2-0.
The Ecuadorians went with determination in search of the discount and they got it in the 78th minute, when Zunino, who had entered shortly before, grabbed a loose ball in the area and scored the 2-1.
At 87 the visitors were left with ten because the Argentine Ezequiel Piovi, who had entered in the second half, was expelled.
Already in the added time, Mancuello took advantage of a gross error in the exit of the visitors to score the final 3-1.
On the fifth matchday, to be played on May 19, Vélez will host Unión La Calera and the Ecuadorians will visit Flamengo.