Liga de Quito topped Group A in the Copa Sudamericana-2023 with a goalless draw away to Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro this Thursday. But if they had been a little more motivated, the prize would have been greater for Luis Jubeldia’s Ecuador side.
The ‘U’ went about their business in their presentation at Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium for the third day of the zone: scoring in a country where foreigners usually have problems.
The battle for the lead was far from electrifying going into the return lap.
The Whites lead with seven points, two ahead of Portugal’s Luis Castro-led Brazilians (5). Magellan (CHI) follows both and César Vallejo (PER) closes with one.
Fogao maintained the idea of leading Brasileirao, picking up perfect scores in three outings and pulling off a thirteen-match unbeaten streak, including ten wins.
They bid to control the game with possession, but they lacked the creative weapons, speed or intensity to overcome the solid and narrow defensive block installed by Quito.
La Liga did not show any clear intentions to hurt the opponent, apart from closing down spaces well and defending goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez with toughness.
In the second half he created clear situations but did a good job in front of goalkeeper Lucas Perry.
The 1.97-tall giant avoided the cries of Jose Quintero (min. 62) and Alexander Alvarado (min. 83) because of two very grotesque shots: by clearing a header from the university captain, a corner, and a shot from the edge. Midfielder Petty.
Goalkeeper finishing figure.
Both teams return to the ring in three weeks: Liga will travel to Magalens on May 23, while Botafogo will do so two days later with Cesar Vallejo.
Botafogo vs. Quito League – Summary