(EFE) – Libertad de Paraguay took advantage of Junior’s defensive errors on Wednesday and achieved a hard-fought 3-4 victory as a visitor at the Metropolitano Stadium in Barranquilla in an intense first leg match of the round of 16 of the CONMEBOL South American Cup.
With a double from Héctor Villalba, a goal from Julio Enciso and another from midfielder Hugo Martínez, the Paraguayans beat Tiburon, for which veteran Carmelo Valencia scored; winger Marlon Piedrahita, who played as a midfielder, and winger Freddy Hinestroza.
The hosts surprised their rivals from the beginning and opened the scoring at minute 3 in a good play by side Walmer Pacheco, who debuted in the rojiblanco uniform and sent a long ball for Valencia that, behind the backs of the two centrals, appeared only in the area and sent the ball to the back of the net.
Amaranto Perea’s team maintained control and continued attacking a rival who bet on the depth of the full-back Matías Espinoza, who did a lot of damage on the left side.
In this context, when everything seemed controlled at the beginning by Junior, the equality reached 10 when the central Alexander Barboza sent a long pass that Germán Mera could not clear and that was left to Villaba, who caught the ball when taking advantage of a slip from the side Gabriel Fuentes and took an unapproachable shot for Sebastián Viera.
Gumarelo, after the scoring, continued to take advantage of the local deconcentration and just three minutes later, in another defensive blunder, this time an error at the start, Villalba scored the 1-2 by receiving a deep pass from Martínez to enter alone to the area and define.
Those led by Perea reacted and returned to the attack, led by the Venezuelan Luis ‘Cariaco’ González, and equaled 35 in a good play by the left side of Fuentes, who sent a center that reached Piedrahita that, sliding, beat the resistance of Uruguayan goalkeeper Martín Silva.
The Junior maintained the momentum and after three minutes he regained the advantage after a weak clearance from central Christian Báez that was left to Hinestroza, who took a left-footed shot from medium distance that got into the Paraguayan goal with the complicity of Silva.
At the beginning of the second half, Espinoza, as in the initial stage, was projected and sent a creeping center that cleared Viera to the center of the area and it was left to Enciso who, without further opposition, celebrated the tie for Daniel Garnero’s team.
The match fell and neither team dominated the match or created danger. However, Libertad took advantage of another defensive error by Junior, this time by midfielder Larry Vásquez who lost the ball at the start with Iván Franco, and the ball was left to Martínez, who beat Viera in hand-to-hand and gave him an important advantage to the Paraguayans facing the return.