The last couple of days have seen three Andean sides in action in the Copa Sudamericana – a loose Europa League equivalent – with tonight’s match between La Equidad of Colombia and Peru’s Juan Aurich concluding matters for the week.
Deportivo Quito, currently running away with the second phase of the Ecuadorian championship, went into their 2nd leg tie against Anzoategui of Venezuela with a 1-0 advantage from the home leg, but surprisingly lost 2-0 to crash out of the competition in the first round.
Deportivo coach Carlos Ischia made only two changes to his usual league line-up, but despite his clear intentions to progress his side immediately offered Anzoategui a way back into the tie, surrendering possession deep in their own half within the first minute, leading to a goal for Evelio Hernandez. The rest of the match was fairly even until the tie was sealed in second half stoppage time, Deportivo defender Luis Checa unfortunate to divert a low right wing cross into his own net.
Deportivo’s city neighbours LDU Quito fared better against Venezuelan opposition, making it through to the second round with a tight 1-0 win over Yaracuyanos to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory. Paraguayan midfielder Enrique Vera scored the solitary goal of the match in the 19th minute, heading home a Neicer Reasco cross.
The match was a special occasion for Reasco as it marked his 100th in an officially sanctioned international club competition – a first for an Ecuadorian. The break down is 4 Copa Conmebol, 54 Libertadores, 2 World Club Cup, 4 Recopa, 36 Sudamericana and 1 Suruga. At 34-years old, he might yet have a couple of years of international competition left in him.
Finally, Bolivian side San Jose went down 1-0 to Nacional of Paraguay, which saw them eliminated by the same score on aggregate following the 0-0 first leg draw in Oruro. The winning goal came five minutes in when a pacey move saw Silvio Torales convert a low right wing cross amid hesitant defending from the Bolivians.
Another Bolivian side, The Strongest, were eliminated last week, leaving only the two Colombia-Peru ties of La Equidad vs Juan Aurich and Santa Fe vs Universidad Cesar Vallejo to be resolved from an Andean standpoint.
LDU Quito will face Trujillanos of Venezuela in the second round. Aurora of Bolivia, Deportivo Cali of Colombia, Emelec of Ecuador and Universitario of Peru all enter the competition in the second round.