From 1993 onwards, the Rimense team has participated in 25 editions of said tournament, being the Peruvian institution with the most presences.. In all that time, 40% of his presentations were signed with at least three games without defeat. Something very unusual for a Peruvian team outside our borders, especially if it is the most important championship on the continent.
A victory next Thursday at the Estadio Nacional would equal his last best record, reaching in the 2006 season. However, this is not the most outstanding. For this, we will have to go back to 1995, when Cristal added eight games without losing, winning four times. Campaign that even surpassed what was done in the historic runner-up in 1997.
|Edition||matches won||Tied matches|
|nineteen ninety six||2||4|
|nineteen ninety five||4||4|
the big streak
The last golden age in Florida occurred between 1994 and 1996, winning the famous three-time championship. These titles ended up being the perfect prelude to reaching the second place in the Copa Libertadores in 1997. Although they had their best presentation before, according to statistics. It happened in the 1995 season and earned them the position of club number 12 in the FIFA Club World Ranking, a place that no other Peruvian club has been able to reach.
At that time, the tournament was still played with two representatives in the same group. Alianza Lima was the other Peruvian team that accompanied the rimenses. On the other side were the Bolivian clubs of Bolívar and Jorge Wilstermann. Cristal dominated the group from start to finish and finished as the absolute leader, winning three games and equaling the same number of matches. This allowed them to meet third place in Group 2, Caracas FC, in the round of 16.
In front of the Venezuelans not many shocks happened. They drew a tie on the road and they were widely surpassed (6-3) at home. That win meant the eighth clash as undefeated that they signed. For the quarterfinals they faced Emelec. The Ecuadorians not only ended the streak, but also the illusion of continuing to advance in the cup, with an overall score of 4-2.
the last antecedent
In 2006 the forty-seventh edition of the Copa Libertadores was played. The light blue cast arrived as the Peruvian champion, after winning the national title at the hands of a controversial José Guillermo del Solar. The draw placed the rimenses in group 2, along with Independiente Santa Fe (Colombia), Estudiantes de la Plata (Argentina) and Bolívar (Bolivia).
A priori, the rivals to beat were the Colombians and Bolivians, in order to fight for the classification, but things did not start well. They lost in their home debut 2-1 against ‘Expreso Rojo’. What came next was even worse. For the second date they had to visit the ‘Pincharrata’. They gave the surprise during the first 45 minutes, scoring three goals and leaving their fence at zero. However, they could not sustain the win and the Argentines ended up turning the game around.
After the hard defeat in Argentina, very few envisioned a rise of the Rimense team. But this came in the next three games. The rival who revived them was Bolívar. Two victories in Lima and La Paz, allowed them to add six points. This revived hopes in Far Heaven. For the last day, Cristal, Independiente and Estudiantes were even with seven points. The celestial squad needed to add the three points in their visit to the ‘coffee growers’, so as not to expect other results. Ultimately this did not end up giving. Those of ‘Chemo’ succumbed 2-1, and after the triumph of ‘Pincha’, they were left empty-handed, occupying the third box.
|students of La Plata||Lime||2-2|
Millions in sight
So far, Sporting Cristal has earned 1.1 million dollars, as a result of its participation in phases 2 and 3 of the Copa Libertadores. Number that will increase. And it is that those from Rímac have already ensured at least their presence in the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana. Of course, there is a huge difference with respect to getting among the 32 clubs that will play the Libertadores.
If those directed by Tiago Nunes leave Huracán on the road, they would pocket 3 million dollars and a large box office. In any case, what would await him would be in the second most important tournament in South America, which distributes 900 thousand dollars, money that Universitario and César Vallejo secured this week. They are 90 minutes away from being able to improve their annual budget. Everything is in your court.
|If you pass Phase 3||If you do not pass Phase 3|
|$500,000 Already received for Phase 1||$500,000 Already received for Phase 1|
|$600,000 Already received for Phase 2||$600,000 Already received for Phase 2|
|$3,000,000 per group pass||$900,000 per group pass|
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