The South American U20 Championship often acts a springboard from which successful careers are launched and in this year’s edition few players enhanced their reputation more than Peru’s holding midfielder Rafael Guarderas.
The name of Universitario’s promising young forward Andy Polo was first introduced to a worldwide audience in August this year when a Sky Sports report linked him with a move to English club Arsenal. Since then he has gone on to be linked with numerous European clubs with the Bundesliga now appearing to be his most likely destination.
Peru’s El Clasico between Universitario and Alianza Lima was overshadowed by post-match events as an Alianza supporter was pushed to his death from the second tier of the south stand, seemingly by a member of Universitario’s barra.
It was a mixed bag of results for the teams from Andean nations involved in Copa Sudamerican action this week, with a couple of wins, a couple of defeats and one draw.
Peruvian side Universitario have one foot in the last sixteen of the Copa Sudamericana after they won 2-1 away to Anzoategui of Venezuela in the first leg of their second round tie.