São Paulo vs.  Racing Club - Match Report - May 18, 2021

(EFE) – Racing Club de Avellaneda won 1-0 against São Paulo, in Brazil, in a duel of leaders, played for the fifth day of Group E of the Copa Libertadores, and has already sealed its pass to the round of 16 of the competition, in the absence of a day.

With the result, the Argentines remain undefeated in the continental tournament and also assumed the leadership of Group E, with 11 points, followed by the Brazilians, who remained with eight units.

With their sights set on the parallel championships that they dispute, both teams opted to play with a mixed roster in order to preserve the starting team for the decisive matches that they will have in the coming days in their respective countries.

The first minutes of this Tuesday’s meeting, held at the Morumbí stadium in San Pablo, were energetic: the host team’s substitutes pressed from the start and set an accelerated pace on the pitch, while the visitors armored themselves, closed their defenses and bet on speed.

After charging a foul on the opponent’s field, the visitors opened the scoring with a precise header from defender Joaquín Novillo in the 28th minute of the game.

In a balanced match, the teams alternated possession of the ball and bet on quick transitions from defense to attack.

In the second half, both San Pablo and Racing maintained their intensity and reinforced their offensive stances, although with a notable drop in passing precision.

On the São Paulo side, striker Luciano relieved Victor Bueno and midfielder Shaylon replaced William, while World Cup player Daniel Alves replaced Colombian Luis Manuel Orejuela and was present on the pitch after recovering from a muscle injury in the thigh.

The San Pablo coach, Hernán Crespo, also opted for the entry of the Ecuadorian winger Joao Rojas to boost the attack, who did not take long to threaten the rival goal already in his first minutes on the grass, as well as that of the Hernanes midfielder.

Among the visitors, defender Leonardo Sigali, full-back Eugenio Mena and midfielder Ignacio Piatti entered the field to reinforce the ranks of Racing Club.

Likewise, in order to protect itself and sustain the result until the final whistle, the Argentine team also had the relief of attacker Maximiliano Lovera for midfielder Leonel Miranda and young forward Leandro Godoy for Enzo Copetti.

With the changes, both teams heated things up on the pitch, but the scoreboard remained unchanged and sealed the victory for the Argentines.

Thus, San Pablo is now awaiting the result of the other match of the fifth day of Group E, when Sporting Cristal, last classified with only one point, will receive Rentistas tomorrow, Wednesday, who has three goals.

On the sixth and final day of the group stage, San Pablo will host Sporting Cristal on May 25, while Racing will meet Rentistas at home on the same day.