Barcelona SC was surprised this Sunday and lost its opportunity, as homeowner in Guayaquil, to get ahead in the final series for the LigaPro Serie A title, and Aucas will be the one to defend the advantage in Quito, after the Orientals took the 1-0 victory at the Monumental Banco Pichincha stadium.
Edison Vega, at 65 minutes, silenced some 55,000 spectators – minus some fifty visitors – when he managed to push the ball into the net, after a corner kick that Ricardo Adé connected halfway, generating a mess in the small area.
The goal rounded off the expectations of the duel, which from the outset presented intensity. Jhon Jairo Cifuente was knocked down after 2 minutes and Barcelona demanded a hard foul from Luis Cangá. The first decisions of the referee Augusto Aragón, especially for infractions, motivated complaints from DT Fabián Bustos, who was warned by the host of the game.
The place went to the front. With a long pass, Michael Carcelén found Damián Díaz on the right, who sent the ball into the area, but he walked without anyone connecting it towards the nets. Shortly afterwards, Carlos Cuero saved after Cifuente’s low cross from the left.
Javier Burrai was in trouble for the first time after 13 minutes. Víctor Figueroa looked for Leather from the left, who was unable to connect with precision, but the ball deflected anyway in the direction of the goal and the Canarian goalkeeper had to pay attention to decide to deflect it.
Barcelona’s main scoring opportunity came in the 16th minute. A center by Jonathan Perlaza from the left came Cifuente, who connected with a header, but the ball hit the post and went wide.
Francisco Fydriszewski, who was insecure at the start, appeared twice shortly before half an hour. First, in a great opportunity for Aucas, he missed a shot in the small area to send him to the north general. Then he tried from outside the area, without power or direction.
The visit reappeared when Pedro Pablo Perlaza delayed towards Johnny Quiñónez and the midfielder, without marking in the crescent, shot towards the stands.
I would have one more Barcelona, the last of the first half. After an interlude in the area, Carcelén found the ball in the crescent and tried to place it, but he shot over Hernán Galíndez’s goal.
The party was impoverished when starting the complement. Only one action could have involved emotions, that of Cifuente when he tried to surprise by turning around and shooting outside the area, but he sent the ball to the north general.
Vega’s goal from a stopped ball was a bucket of ice water for Barcelona and like having found a needle in the haystack for Aucas, who attacked little or nothing when he opened the scoring.
The 1-0 led to changes in both eleventh, both led by the Argentine Bustos and the Venezuelan César Farías, two per side. Minutes before, Pedro Perlaza, from the visit, and Pedro Pablo Velasco, from the premises, had left.
The meeting became even more intense. Untimely entries led to heated claims and cards. Damián Díaz, due to a claim, saw a yellow card, and Edison Caicedo was expelled (minute 76). Both teams were left with ten men when Luca Sosa received the red card for a hard tackle against Roberto Ordóñez (minute 83).
The visit won the seconds it could and in defense it was a wall to ensure victory and go to Gonzalo Pozo Ripalda, next Sunday, in search of the national title.
‘Dad’ of bullfighters
Aucas beat Barcelona for the third time this season. He did it one per phase, in Quito and Milagro. It is the first time in Guayaquil.
The Orientals extend their unbeaten streak in the LigaPro to twenty-one games in a row, all with DT Farías.
It is the third time that the Canarian club has not won a championship final at home after the one they won in the 2005 Apertura against Liga de Quito (1-0). Then came draws in 2014, with Emelec (1-1), and 2020, with the League (1-1).(D)