Independiente Medellín cayó “en casa” 1-0 ante Internacional de Portoalegre en un duelo correspondiente a la tercera fecha de la fase de grupos de la Copa Sudamericana. En comillas porque el equipo antioqueño tuvo que jugar en el estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas.
En el comienzo de la etapa inicial, los anfitriones, entrenados por el colombo-uruguayo Julio Comesaña, se hicieron del balón pero tuvieron muchas dificultades para romper una defensa que lució organizada y estuvo liderada por el uruguayo Bruno Méndez y Vitao.
However, Menezes’ team stole the ball from their rival and tried to create chances by searching for Alemao, a constant headache for central defenders Andrés Cadavid and Víctor Moreno.
However, the clearest of the first half was for the Powerful in a play in which midfielder Jean Pineda sent a filtered pass to winger Yulián Gómez, who took advantage of a mistake by winger Fabricio Bustos to go hand in hand with goalkeeper Daniel , who saved his shot.
In the complementary stage, the locals tried to open the scoring and had a clear shot at 49 with a very strong shot from Uruguayan midfielder Javier Méndez that, again, was deflected by the Internacional goalkeeper. However, the visitors were the ones who scored against 53 in a great play by Rodrigo Dourado who reached the area and passed the ball to Alemao, who received on the edge of the area, turned and finished off to overcome the resistance of Andrés Mosquera Marmolejo
Without much clarity, the locals, who played at the Hernán Ramírez Villegas stadium in Pereira because the Atanasio Girardot in Medellín will host a Maluma concert this week, continued to attack and had several clear opportunities to equalize. Among them there was one from the Argentine Luciano Pons that in a side charge he was hand in hand with Daniel, who finished the game as a figure thanks to his saves.
In the end, Internacional took all three points and will defend the leadership of Group E on the next day when they visit Guairena on May 5, while DIM will seek a victory at home on October 9 the day before to try to stay alive in the tournament.
Likewise, thanks to the good start of Julio Comesaña’s team, DIM is second with four points, one less than the Brazilian team. With two is Guaireña and with one October 9, who still have their game of the third day pending that will be played this Wednesday.