Thanks to the goal of Colombian striker Cristian Martínez Borja, Universidad Católica de Ecuador defeated Banfield 2-0 and is the temporary leader of group C in the Copa Conmebol Sudamericana 2022.
At 34 years old, Martínez Borja dazzles as the second highest scorer of the Ecuadorian team with six goals converted in the LigaPro Serie A and two scored in the Copa Sudamericana.
On the night of this Wednesday, April 27, the Chocó striker scored the 2-0 of the night at minute 54 of the commitment of the second most important continental club tournament of Conmebol.
The team from Quito liked their football in front of the fans of the Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and thanks to the intervention of the Colombian, they far surpassed the Argentine team in the first of two matches that will serve to qualify for the round of 16 in the leadership of the area.
Those led by Miguel Rondelli were forceful from the 51st minute of the game with the score recorded by Ismael Díaz, after receiving an air pass into the void from Colombian defender Yúber Mosquera:
And just three minutes later, Cristian managed to widen the difference in a high-pressure play in which they forced an error at the start of the Drill. With all his marks expired and after making a tunnel to captain Luciano Lollo, Martínez Borja shook Enrique Bologna’s goal with a left foot, who could not place his hands steady and let the ball slip close to the post of his right hand:
The former player of Independiente Santa Fe, América de Cali and Junior de Barranquilla scored his fourth consecutive goal in the last three games he played, since on April 21 he doubled Aucas on date 9 of the LigaPro Serie A and three days ago He did the same by marking the Technical University club as a penalty.
This goal by Martínez was the sixth goal of a Colombian player wearing the colors of the Quito Catholic eleventh. The one born in Quibdó and who also has Mexican nationality, he has been lined up in 17 games so far this season in Ecuador.
On April 13, Martínez scored a goal against Santos in the 3-2 defeat for date 2 of the Copa Sudamericana. Thus he converted the goal of the 1-1 partial draw against the Brazilian team at the Urnano Caldeira stadium:
Eliminated in the last preliminary phase of the Libertadores against The Strongest of Bolivia, the university team started their journey in the South American on the right foot and is already leading Group C, until tomorrow, April 28, Unión La Calera and Santos face each other. One of the two will join and surpass Cristian Martínez Borja’s team in the standings.
This is how the classification advances in the first place to get the long-awaited ticket to the round of 16:
1. Catholic University of Ecuador (4 points, +1 goal difference)
2. Union La Calera (4 points, +1 goal difference)
3. Santos (3 points, 0 goal difference)
4. Banfield (3 points, -2 goal difference)
It should be remembered that the next instance (round of 16) classifies only the first team of all against all in their respective group. The next Universidad match will be on Sunday, May 1, visiting on date 11 of the Ecuadorian league, while on Thursday, May 5, they will host Santos on date 4 of the South American League.
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