(EFE) – Peñarol beat Nacional this Thursday 2-1 in the Uruguayan classic played for the round of 16 of the South American CONMEBOL Cup with goals from Agustín Canobbio and Valentín Rodríguez.
With a great job from Walter Gargano in midfield and a very good job on the wings, the visitor dominated the game from start to finish and was even able to get a bigger result.
After 22 years without fighting for an official international tournament, Nacional and Peñarol came out to play with very different ideas.
The local took to the field with a defensive 4-4-2 and practically did not generate dangerous situations.
On the other hand, the visiting coach, Mauricio Larriera, bet on a 4-2-3-1 that sought the rival goal from the beginning of the match.
Before ten minutes, a header from Fabricio Formiliano that crashed into the horizontal could become the first goal for Peñarol, who dominated the ball during the initial 45.
The tricolor responded with a close shot from Joaquín Trasante that goalkeeper Kevin Dawson controlled without major difficulties.
As the minutes went by, the aurinegro went ahead and began to play closer to the rival area thanks to the good work of Gargano and his two full-backs, who practically led the entire game.
Faced with this, the Tricolor bet on the counterattack, although at no time was it able to enable the young Brian Ocampo to exploit his speed.
With 10 minutes remaining, a shot from Joaquín Piquerez found a great response from Sergio Rochet, who saved Nacional.
In this way, everything indicated that the first half was going to go goalless, a situation that changed when injury time was played.
At 46 minutes, Agustín Canobbio carried the ball through the right sector, built a nice wall with Agustín Álvarez Martínez and when he received the ball he defined well before the departure of Rochet.
In this way, the Carbonero went to the dressing room winning 1-0 in a deserved way.
In the second half, the tricolor tried to approach the rival goal in the first moments, although the game did not change much and the Carbonero continued to dominate.
A header from Álvarez Martínez and a shot from Fabricio Formiliano, who missed the goal in an incredible way after a bad start from Rochet, could become the second goal for the aurinegro.
Meanwhile, the locals approached through a free kick from Andres D’Alessandro that passed just outside.
At the end, again when injury time was played, Peñarol found a new goal that by then he already deserved.
The young Valentín Rodríguez, who had entered minutes before, made a great individual play on the left, scattered his rivals and defined with category for the 2-0 of Peñarol.
In this way, everything indicated that the series was quite on track for the visitor with 90 minutes to go. However, Gonzalo Bergessio headed in in the 93rd minute to mark the discount and give life to his team.
Nacional got a fundamental goal to play the rematch, which will take place next Thursday and at the moment has Peñarol winning justifiably after having played a great game in the Great Central Park.