Peñarol vs. Sporting Cristal – Match Report – August 18, 2021


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Peñarol vs.  Sporting Cristal - Match Report - August 18, 2021

Montevideo (EFE) – Peñarol broke with a painful decade of waiting and met again this Wednesday with the semifinals of a continental tournament after defeating Sporting Cristal 1-0 and sealing his passage to the next phase of the Copa Sudamericana.

The match began with the Uruguayan team protecting themselves on their field and being extremely careful to control the ball, while the Peruvians tried to exert pressure to begin to reverse the tough 1-3 suffered in Lima.

However, when the visitors arrived with danger on the wings and made the coal keeper, Kevin Dawson, the figure of the match, the opening of the scoreboard for Peñarol arrived.

After a corner kick that was cleared towards the center, midfielder Jesus Trindade controlled the ball and executed a powerful shot that, after a deflection, got into the goal so that the 5,000 fans present broke their throats shouting “goal” -after more than a year and a half without an audience in the stands.

The second half began in the same vein, with Peñarol taking refuge and Sporting Cristal doing their best to reach the outskirts of the local area with the last remaining hopes.

Despite the intentions of the visit and some sporadic arrival of risk, at no time did Peñarol’s classification seem to be questioned.

Already at the end the duel became locked, with many fouls in the middle of the field and a game with more intentions than good football.

In addition, the coach of Peñarol, Mauricio Larriera, began to take care of footballers and took the figure of the match, the scorer of the goal, off the field.

In this way, the charcoal burner returns to say present in the semifinals of a continental tournament after 2011, when he reached the final of the Copa Libertadores and fell to Santos.

Now, Peñarol is waiting for the winner of the series that faces Liga de Quito with Paranaense to find out if, like a decade ago, he will once again define one of the main tournaments in South America.

Meanwhile, the team’s fans know that in a short time they will have a new opportunity to cheer from the stands to the club of their love and the one that they were, since March 13, 2020, without being able to see in the Campeón del Estadio stadium. Century due to the covid-19 pandemic.


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