Independiente equaled Montevideo City Torque by 1 to 1 as a visitor, in a match corresponding to the fourth date of group B of the South American Cup. Argentine striker Gustavo Del Prete, with a past in Independiente’s formative divisions, scored the only local goal when 43 minutes into the first half, from a penalty, and Jonathan Herrera, by the same route, tied at 45 + 1m. of the complement for the visit, who suffered the expulsions of Julián Pacchini (9m. ST) for a direct red and Silvio Romero (16m. ST), for protesting from the substitute bench.
With this equality the “King of Cups” maintains the lead, with eight points in the area, and Montevideo City Torque adds five units. Now he will wait for the result of Bahia from Brazil (5) against Guabira, from Bolivia, the only one that remains at zero.
Independiente, with an alternative team and the head in the quarterfinals of the Professional Football League Cup (LPF) in which they will face Estudiantes in La Plata, he settled with a line of five planted and a defensive bolt, which for moments had eight men within his own field.
It was difficult for the local to break the question. He searched for the sides, with companies that did not appear and a passive possession of the ball, in contrast to the verticality and rival speed. In this context he was saved when Jonathan Herrera burst the right stick of the goal guarded by Cristopher Fiermarín.
The ‘City’ suffered every minute, did not find the return or the way to break the group led momentarily by Pedro Monzón.
Only one way could he do it: by a defensive error, and this happened when Patricio Ostachuk committed a child penalty and Gustavo Del Prete, formed in the Inferiors of Independiente, changed it for a goal.
Independiente changed for the complement, he opened at the same time that he advanced his men, and thus he fought more for the ball but also provided greater spaces in the background.
The new idea did not last long due to the expulsion of Juan Pacchini (9m.), Who left his foot and put an iron as innocent as it was violent. Likewise, Independiente continued to go on the wings and had two dangerous occasions before 20 minutes.
The Uruguayan team did not make any difference from their man, but on the contrary, they lost ground and dedicated themselves more to fighting than to playing when everything was favorable. Despite the moment that invited him to calmly liquidate the story, he clung to the advantage and despised the paths that led to it.
Independiente was also diluted, he entered into a constant conflict with rivals and with Paraguayan referee José Méndez when he felt harmed.
The red from the substitute bench suffered by Romero after several protests, dislodged the rest of his teammates, who saw how the possible entry of their captain and usual scorer disappeared -he will not be against Bahia- either.
However, and surrounded by conflicts, Alan Velasco rubbed the lamp and his assistance ended in an agonizing penalty, in which Jonathan Herrera nailed a strong right to the middle. The point felt like a win for a team that navigated rough waters for most of the match.
Independiente’s path in the Copa Sudamericana will continue next Tuesday against Bahia, from Brazil, at home, in a decisive match for qualification.