It was shown that Universitario de Deportes is a totally different team when it plays at home in the Monumental stadium and when it goes outside the capital. At home, due to the incessant support of their fans who have accompanied them throughout the season, they are usually an intense team that usually destroy their rivals. At least since Jorge Fossati arrived, the creams won 100% in Ate for the local tournament: ADT (3-1), Cienciano (3-0), Atlético Grau (2-1), Sporting Cristal (2-0) and Cesar Vallejo (4-0). Internationally, they only gave up a draw against Goiás (2-2). If we add what was done by Carlos Compagnucci (one win and one loss) and Jorge Araujo (one win), the ‘U’ won 7 of their 8 games at the Monumental. A productivity of 88%.
So how did a team that became strong at home lose its chances of taking the first tournament of the year so quickly? The answer is easy: his poor numbers when he left Lima. Universitario de Deportes played eight away games. He only got three wins, two of which were in Lima: a 2-1 victory against Deportivo Municipal and a defeat of Sport Boys, in a match that was played at the Monumental by decision of the pink team. The rest was against Deportivo Binacional: 2-1 in Cusco. Let’s remember that this game was not played in Juliaca due to the political problems that the country was experiencing. It was still a great result and meant Fossati’s first visiting game in front of the ‘U’. He then got a draw and four losses. Which yields a productivity of 42%. Next, we remember the points that he left on the way.
Unión Comercio 1-0 Universitario de Deportes: the inexplicable defeat in Moyobamba
It was the first start of the ‘U’ in 2023. It was on February 12 and the coach was the Argentine Carlos Compagnucci. Unión Comercio, one of the recently promoted, appeared innocent in defense, but was not taken advantage of by the creams, who shot 18 times at the rival goal, but did not hole a single one. Miguel Carranza, with eleven minutes remaining, declared the 1-0 for the locals and meant the first defeat of the season.
The last victory of the visiting ‘U’, against Unión Comercio, was in 2017 (2-1). Then he got a draw and two losses. Video: League 1 Max.
Carlos A. Mannucci 2-0 Universitario de Deportes: more sent off than goals
To contextualize, the ‘U’ had just lost the classic to Alianza Lima at the Monumental. In Trujillo there was a lot at stake and the cream proposal was to attack Mannucci from the first minute. This is how a penalty could be created that, unfortunately for the interests of Universitario, Emanuel Herrera wasted when the game was 0-0. The first half would end with one less, after a double yellow for Matías di Benedetto. The bad news would continue, since the Chilean Rodrigo Ureña was also sent off. With 9 players, the ‘U’ kept looking for a tie, but in a counter they received the 2-0, thanks to Matías Succar’s double. This game ended the process of Carlos Compagnucci.
The ‘U’ cannot beat Carlos Mannucci, in Trujillo, since his return to the First Division: he has a draw and two defeats. Video: GoalPeru.
Alianza Atlético 3-1 Universitario de Deportes: burned in ‘hell’
This party marked a break in the destiny of the ‘U’ in the Apertura. If he won in Sullana, he reduced the difference with Alianza Lima to two points and put all the pressure on him. It was a true final, but the one who played it as such was Alianza Atlético, who had come without winning seven dates. After receiving the 1-0 against, the local was left with one less due to the expulsion of Aldair Perleche. This looked favorable for the ‘U’, but inexplicably he was left with nine, after the red ones for Nelson Cabanillas and Aldo Corzo. Augusto Menéndez’s arbitration was more than controversial, but there was also responsibility on the part of the players. The creams equalized it with a goal from Calcaterra, but almost immediately they were left with eight, after the expulsion of Ureña. This defeat not only affected the standings, but also the club lost perspective, since more was said about refereeing than about the poor level shown on the pitch.
The last time the ‘U’ beat Alianza Atlético to visit was in 2017. Video. League 1 Max.
UTC 1-0 Universitario de Deportes: ran out of air and without a title
In one of the most discreet games in the ‘Fossati Era’, the ‘U’ suffered in Cajamarca against a UTC that debuted Francisco Pizarro as coach. In addition, the ‘Gavilán’ had not won at home since April (1-0 over ADT). Regarding the match against Goiás, this time Piero Quispe and Daniel Rivera started, but without transcending the game. In general, it was a very low game collectively and individually. That, in a decisive instance, is paid dearly.
We have to go back to 2013 to register the last victory of the ‘U’ against UTC in Cajamarca. Video: League 1 Max.
Who are the best tournament visitors?
Here we realize the poor numbers of the ‘U’ playing away from home. In the absence of two dates to finish the Opening Tournament, is located in seventh place in the table of visitors. A production and location that is not enough to fight for a title. It is something that will have to improve for the Clausura, if it does not want to continue dying in the attempt.
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