Defensa y Justicia defeated Botafogo 2-1, which is the leader of the Brasileirao, and qualified for the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana. Nicolás “Uvita” Fernández gave him the victory with a double in the match that was played at the Florencio Sola stadium. After the tie (1 to 1 in the first leg), Florencio Varela’s Halcón was among the four best in the tournament.
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From the beginning, Julio Vaccari’s man played in the rival field and showed his credentials. The local team did well to take the lead and the first goal came after 15 minutes after a double defensive error by the Brazilian team that fell asleep in the background. Gastón Togni surprised on the left and Nicolás “Uvita” Fernández connected with his cross, making it 1-0.
Then Defensa looked for the second and continued to show themselves more involved in the game than the Brazilians, who little by little began to get closer. The credential in Botafogo’s offensive was the experienced Diego Costa. At the end of the first half there was a free kick in favor of the visiting team and Lucas Fernandes took charge of the shot, which he hit the post, bounced off Enrique Bologna and the ball crossed the line. The referee first did not charge it, but at the request of the VAR it was confirmed that it was valid. They gave the goal against Beto Bologna.
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In addition, the process was intense with arrivals from both sides. But around 20 minutes, Halcón was more incisive with Santiago Solari as their sharpest man in the area and David Barbona in the generation of play.
After searching for it so much, in the 72nd minute Alexis Soto’s cross arrived and “Uvita” Fernández headed in and appeared again to put his team ahead.
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In the end, Defensa closed in and managed to take care of its advantage to capitalize on another victory in the second Conmebol tournament. He was accompanied by a crowd at the Drill site.
With this victory, the Argentine team sealed qualification to the semifinals since in the first duel played last Wednesday at the Nilton Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (the same one that hosted the Olympic Games in 2016), they tied 1-1. 1 with goals from Nicolás Tripicchio and Gabriel Pires, respectively.
Defensa y Justicia will face the winner of the cross between Ecuador’s Quito League, led by Argentine coach Luis Zubeldía, and San Pablo, contenders for the title who will face each other on Thursday from 7 p.m. at the Morumbí stadium, after the victory achieved by the Ecuadorian team. at home by 2 to 1.
Halcón’s dream is based on repeating the feat achieved in 2020, when it managed to reach the final and won the continental trophy by beating Lanús with a resounding and unforgettable 3 to 0 at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium in Córdoba.
Defense and Justice: Henry Bologna; Augustine SantAnna, Julian Malatini, Thomas Cardona and Alexis Soto; Nicholas Tripicchio, Kevin Gutierrez, Julian Lopez, David Barbona, Gaston Togni; and Nicholas Fernandez. DT: Julius Vaccari.
Botafogo: Roberto Fernández; Leonel Di Plácido, Philipe Sampaio, Víctor Cuesta and Fernando Marcal; Danilo, Marlon Freitas, Tchê Tchê, Lucas Fernandes, Luis Henrique and Diego Costa. DT: Bruno Miguel Silva do Nascimento.
Referee: Jhon Ospina (Colombian).
Stadium: Florencio Sola, from Banfield.
TV: D Sports y D GO.
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