Merida students gave the note to beat in the seventh minute of the time of discount to Alianza Lima of Peru. The Venezuelan team lost by 2 to 0 and with a great temper turned the meeting around by 3 to 2 at the Metropolitano Mérida stadium to achieve three very valuable points, for the third date of Group F of the Copa Libertadores. In the same area, Racing Club de Avellaneda and Nacional de Montevideo are part, which will face each other tomorrow from 5:00 p.m. in Avellaneda.
However, the striking thing was not only the great reaction of the local team, but that his coach directed via WhatsApp. It’s about the Argentine Martín Brignani, who followed the actions of the game on TV and via mobile application from Mar del Plata, since he could not return to Venezuela because he could not find flights for reasons of the coronavirus pandemic.
This was the first success for Estudiantes de Mérida, who by adding three points left their loser this day alone in last position, who lost in his three presentations. Racing and Nacional are the ones that lead Group F with 6 units each.
Alianza took the lead 6 minutes into the second half with the penalty converted by Alexi Gómez, after the foul committed by Edson Rivas. Three minutes later he extended the advantage with the shot of Joazhiño Arroé Salcedo, cornering the right pipe of the Estudiantes goal, when he received an assist from Rinaldo Cruzado, according to what was recorded by the Peruvian media El Comercio.
The Peruvians were more pointed in a balanced game, where the local team managed to discount at 19 minutes of the complementary when Edson Rivas, enabled by Christian Flores received the ball in the center of the area to convert with a shot to the left of the goalkeeper Leao Butrón. This allowed him to react and in the end win the team led by Argentine coach Martín Brignani.
Equality was reached at 36 minutes with a flush and cornering delivery to the left pipe by Wílson Mena and when 6 additional minutes were played at the end, José Rivas signaled the victory by converting a penalty kick, with which Estudiantes has five successes of local in his last seven international presentations. In the loser’s bench was the Argentine Carlos Beltrán, who did not enter.
In the image, players from Estudiantes de Mérida (. / Raúl Martínez / File) (RAÚL MARTÍNEZ /)
Coach Martín Brignani had traveled to Mar del Plata in May and waited in his hometown for the reopening of football. Problems in getting flights led him to follow the game from his home located in Colinas de Peralta Ramos. The Argentine DT never received authorization from the Colombian Foreign Ministry to fly through the Viva Air company to Bogotá and from there go on a domestic plane to Cúcuta, to finish arriving in Mérida by land. Although there was a management by the Vice Minister of Sports of Venezuela, the trip did not prosper and he had to stay in the Argentine seaside resort, more than 8 thousand kilometers away.
“In March I was in Mérida, the quarantine issue appears and in May I can return to Argentina on a repatriation flight. I am in Mar del Plata with my family. Training began on the first of July and I am trying to return to Venezuela because only repatriation flights are allowed, ”Brignani explained in dialogue with CieloSports.
“The issue is that there are health corridors that do not allow me to enter from other countries. Flights appear and disappear, there was one from Buenos Aires – Bogotá, but it was canceled. The flight that left Santiago de Chile that was going to Caracas was also canceled so you have to be aware of how I can get there. It is complicated in terms of the professional to be able to be with the team in what represents a Copa Libertadores match, ”added the DT.
The problems ended there, since his field assistant, José Torrealba, tested positive for coronavirus and could not be on the substitute bench. “The PCR was done and my most direct assistant who was going to direct tested positive and is isolated at home, so we are seeing if Conmebol enables us to be able to present a coach of the minor categories and work with electronic devices from the bench. alternates « , explained the DT in the previous match for the Libertadores.
“I will watch the game from my home and my assistant from his and we will try to make quick decisions and also trust the team. I have daily talks with the players, today I spoke via Zoom and I was able to see the training live. We are going to try to see the videos that we have prepared from Alianza Lima ”, closed Brignani, who had a happy ending despite everything.
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