(EFE) – Barcelona recovered this Wednesday the 1-0 defeat suffered last week in Argentina and beat Vélez Sarsfield 3-1, for which they went to the quarterfinals, after an intense match played at the Monumental stadium ” Isidro Romero Carbo “from Guayaquil.
The Ecuadorian club awaits its rival who will emerge from the winner of the series between Cerro Porteño and Fluminense.
Ecuadorian striker Adonis Preciado scored at minute 23, Velez’s scorer Juan Martín Lucero tied at 47, midfielder Gabriel Cortéz put Barcelona ahead at 66, and left winger Jonathan Perlaza converted the qualifying goal at 80 ‘ .
The three goals for Barcelona came from the team’s substitute bench, since the Argentine-Ecuadorian Damián Díaz was replaced before the game due to a health complication by Cortéz; Neither did Michael Hoyos play due to injury and was succeeded by Preciado; while Perlaza, who entered for Cortéz at minute 79, was in charge of converting the qualifying goal.
Vélez joined his lines to reduce spaces, in a special way, in the middle of the field, put emphasis on defense and speculated with some defensive error of the premises.
Barcelona came out urgently to reach the tie, but each attempt was unsuccessful due to the large number of the opposing defense; however, at minute 17, Paraguayan defender Williams Riveros smashed his shot off the crossbar.
The insistence paid off with a deep pass from the midfielder Gabriel Cortéz between the opposing defenders in search of attacker Carlos Garcés, who set up a precise shot on goal by Preciado, who launched himself in a wheelbarrow to hit the ball, at minute 23.
After the goal, Vélez sought and managed to take away the rhythm of Barcelona’s game, he went on to develop offensive actions, but without clarity and forcefulness in his attack, modalities with which he surprised both teams with the end of the first half.
At the beginning of the second half, Vélez advanced the lines and with a cross from the left flank by attacker Lucas Janson, found the scorer Lucero well placed, who headed and scored between defenders Riveros and Mario Pineida.
The second goal for Barcelona was scored by Cortéz, from a penalty, in the 66th minute, after he was fouled in the area.
The third was scored by Perlaza on the first ball he touched, after replacing midfielder Cortéz in the minute before, at minute 80, after a cross into the visiting area, under pressure from Garcés and Uruguayan attacker Gonzalo Mastriani.