Independiente del Valle beat Uruguay’s Liverpool 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores 2023 Group E match this Tuesday in Sangolqui.
Junior Sornoza and Alan Minda scored with headers after 27 and 68 minutes respectively to seal the victory for the black and blue.
Del Valle lost 1–0 to the visiting Argentinos Juniors, the champions of the tournament in 1985. Both teams and Brazilian Corinthians are on 3 points
Liverpool were beaten 3-0 by Dimao, adding a second consecutive defeat, already compromising their continuation in the biggest continental club competition.
The date concludes this Wednesday with a match between 2012 champions Corinthians and Argentinos Juniors in Sao Paulo.
King of Sudamericana (2019 and 2022) and Recoba (2023), Independiente del Valle made a smooth climb to the finish line, with goalkeeper Sebastián Britos doing a great job of avoiding scoring, drowning out several goal cries.
Around 7 minutes in, Britos ended up holding the ball after a series of attempts from the local to the net, involving Sornoza and Argentine Cristian Bellerano.
Both Blue and Black teamed up with Michael Hoyos to form a deadly trident that unthinkingly struck against the Montevidian ‘Blade’ fence.
In the 27th minute, Hoyos Candela lifted the ball into the area, only for Sornoza to slot in with a brilliant cross header aimed at Britos’ left-hand side. Two minutes earlier, a similar move had come close to defeating Guidapalos.
Del Valle, who finished second in the 2016 Libertadores, showed an advantage over veteran and modest Liverpool with few international appearances and no titles.
Uruguay’s LFC jumped into the second half of the commitment, staged at the Negreazul stadium in the city of Sangolqui in neighboring Quito.
However, he had a tough time creating some shots towards goalkeeper Moises Ramirez’s room, which were deflected.
While the Blades were sweating it out, new signing Minda made it 2-0 with a right-footed finish from Sornoza’s pass on his first ball on 68 minutes.
The definition of the young striker arose from an action created in the center of the field, replacing Ymer Medina at the age of 63, which progressed quickly and with few touches.
On the third day, scheduled for May 2, Liverpool will play against Argentinos Juniors and Corinthians and Independiente del Valle.
The top two in the series will qualify for the round of 16 of the Libertadores, while the third will go to Sudamericana 2023. (D)