Lorenzo Faravelli scored a double (minutes 53 and 61, the second penalty goal) with which the blue-blacks came back. The game could not be given in Quito.
Argentine midfielder Lorenzo Faravelli scored the two goals of Independiente del Valle’s 2-1 victory over Gremio on Friday in the first leg of phase 3 of the Copa Libertadores that the pandemic forced to move from Ecuador to Paraguay.
Faravelli led his team to the comeback with his goals at 53 and 61 minutes, the latter from a penalty.
Gremio had advanced through the attacker Diego Souza, at minute 9 of the match played at the Defensores del Chaco stadium.
The match should have been played last Wednesday in Quito, but the positive coronavirus of three more members of Gremio when they arrived in the Ecuadorian capital caused the Ecuadorian authorities to prevent it from taking place.
Independiente del Valle showed superiority with its game proposal, with a constant attack volume in which practically all its members were involved.
The dull game that started the game was changed by Gremio, by taking advantage of a free kick in the 9th minute to score through the attacker Souza, who received the center from Alisson and with a head blow to the left side defeated goalkeeper Moisés Ramírez.
The goal woke up the Ecuadorians who began to weave plays that could very well end in goals, but which met with the resistance of goalkeeper Brenno, or with a shot next to the left vertical and even the ball crashed on the crossbar.
The youth attacker Pedro Vite and the Argentine Christian Ortiz were the most ambitious and inspired to string together plays that created difficulties for Gremio’s defensive system, who ended up taking refuge in his area to defend the advantage.
Two shots by Ortiz between minute 17 and 26 ended in one case escaping along the right vertical, and in the second case blocked by Brenno.
In 35 a powerful shot from Vite surprised the opposing defense, crashing into the crossbar when goalkeeper Brenno went out of action.Lorenzo Faravelli (c) from Independiente del Valle scores a goal. Photo: EFE
At the end of the first half, Gremio made a great attack that ended with the ball at the bottom of the Ecuadorian goal, but the Argentine referee Néstor Pitana canceled the action due to a supposedly advanced position of Ferreira, indicated by the assistant Mariana de Almeida.
Ortiz smashed the ball back into his opponent’s right vertical in the 47th minute when he took a free kick.
The fantasy in the touch of the ball appeared when Faravelli, Vite and Paraguayan striker Brian Montenegro got together, who left Faravelli in hand-to-hand with Brenno, that with a low cross shot he scored the tie.
In a counterattack by Montenegro, defender Ruan committed a penalty, and Argentine Faravelli charged and defeated Brenno with a shot to the right side of the goalkeeper.
After the foul, Pitana showed the second yellow card to Ruan, which left Gremio with one less from minute 59.
Faced with the pressure of the Valle team and their options to extend the advantage, Gremio opted to take defensive care, knowing that the current scoreboard can overcome it by acting as local next week. (D)