Although today he was not on the bench yet, when Jorge Fossati arrived in Peru he said something that from now on will be key for the ‘cream’ people: “I would not say that the fan is number twelve, he is the most important player in Universitario”. And today, when the ‘OR’ he needed his followers the most, they were present at the Monumental stadium to push the car and propitiate the victory over melgar (1-0). It was not easy, and of course, without the support of his fans it would have been impossible: the more than 40,000 souls in the Ate venue spoke for themselves.
The match began being quite disputed, especially due to the predisposition of those led by Jorge Araujo -he was the interim coach this afternoon-. The entry of Luis Urruti to the starting eleven had a rapid change to what we had seen in previous days, as the locals were more incisive in the rival field.
Piero Quispe tried to be more participatory by playing behind Alex Valera and at times he found some partners. Here, then, the defensive rigidity of ‘Domino’ also appeared, who, unable to recover the ball and running out of ideas, took the game to the process of fighting and dispute in midfield.
This dynamic perfectly explains what we saw in the first stage, as Diego Haro showed six yellow cards (Alexis Arias, Alejandro Ramos and Paolo Reyna on Melgar’s side, while Luis Urruti, Alex Valera and José Carvallo on Universitario). With the going quite rocky for both sides, the 0-0 run before the break was a fair result for both.
Already in the complementary stage, ‘Coco’ Araujo did not change the script and the ‘U’ went out in search of the 1-0 from kick-off. And boy, as the saying goes, “The one to follows her, get her”: after a through ball from Jorge Murrugarra, Piero Quispe He tried to send a cross into the heart of the area and was fortunate that Alejandro Ramos was close enough to send the ball into his own goal (56′).
The young midfielder yelled the own goal as if it had been his own goal, but it was understandable. Universitario needed to win at any cost and urgency always takes precedence over context. For this reason, the hug with Martín Pérez Guedes perfectly described what the fans were experiencing in the stands.
Melgar sought to react quickly so as not to be at the mercy of a second ‘cream’ goal, as that would have been catastrophic. However, clarity never appeared in the ‘Rojinegros’ and not even the return of Bernardo Cuesta – who from now on will play in League 1 as just another Peruvian – was a solution to the need.
The final minutes were just as intense, as Araujo’s substitutions –José Rivera, Yuriel Celi, Jordan Guivin and Emanuel Herrera– gave Universitario a second wind to strike down Melgar on the counterattack. Unfortunately for the ‘merengues’ interests, Carlos Cáceda was attentive and did not allow another goal to violate his goal.
With this positive result, the tide will go down momentarily in the ‘cream’ store. It was imperative that they win today and they did. Now, with Jorge Fossati in charge of the team, they will have to face a tough challenge against Cienciano if they want to qualify for the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana. Pablo Lavallén’s men, for their part, do not raise their heads and continue to sink more and more: not only have they not won so far this season, they have not been able to score a single goal either.
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And it is that the creams have only been able to win one of their four presentations, while the red and black team does not know what it is to score in the first championship of the season, so the tie will not be a business for either of the two casts that they are looking for be protagonists this year.
university vs. melgar is scheduled for this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (Peruvian time) and will be broadcast LIVE and DIRECT by the GOLPERU signal, a signal that you can find on the MovistarTV grid (channel 14 or 714, if you want to enjoy the duel in HD)
In addition to this, Depor provides you with extensive coverage of the match, as is customary, in which it will provide you with all the details of the preview, the minute by minute and the post-match, with the statements of the protagonists of the match.
university vs. Melgar: match schedules
- Peru: 3:30 pm
- Colombia: 3:30 pm
- Ecuador: 3:30 pm
- Argentina: 5:30 pm
- Chili: 5:30 pm
- Brazil: 5:30 pm
It should be noted that the last time university vs. melgar they faced each other, the match provided many emotions from start to finish, leaving a 1-1 draw between both squads, a result that neither will seek to repeat on the playing field of the Monumental de Ate stadium.
Pay attention to a detail, the cream team arrives at this match with three units in the standings, after obtaining a victory and three defeats in the contest. . The ‘Domino’, for its part, does not add any points in the Opening Tournament, after reaching three falls so far in League 1.
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