Copa Libertadores: Hurricane plays the qualification against Sporting Cristal

Huracán will visit Sporting Cristal, from Peru, this Thursday in search of qualifying for the group stage of the Copa Libertadores. After the goalless draw at Parque de los Patricios, the rematch will take place from 9:00 p.m. at the National Stadium in Limawith arbitration by the Brazilian Raphael Claus, broadcast by Fox Sports, Star+ and Pluto TV. The last day of Phase 3 will begin to close from 7:00 p.m. in Paraguay with the crossing of Argentine coaches between Cerro Porteño, by Facundo Sava, and Fortaleza, by Juan Pablo Vojvoda. In Brazil, the Paraguayan team won 1-0.

The series between Globo and Sporting Cristal, which will be played in a full stadium, will be defined with kicks from the penalty mark in the event that neither team can break parity. The winner will be one of the 32 participants in the most important tournament in South America, while the loser will play the Copa Sudamericana.

In addition to sporting merit, Entry to the Copa Libertadores represents an economic prize of 3 million dollars, plus 300,000 of the same currency for each game won in the group stage.. For her part, the Copa Sudamericana distributes 900,000 dollars for participating and 100,000 for each match won.

Huracán could not get the advantage at the Tomás Adolfo Ducó stadium last thursday and should become strong in Lima, to become the sixth Argentine representative in the competition. While, Boca Juniors, River Plate, Racing Club, Argentinos Juniors and Board of Trustees are already waiting for the draw for the group stage, which will take place on March 27 at the Conmebol headquarters, in Paraguay.

Huracán already participated in the Copa Libertadores in 1974 (he achieved his best performance and was a semifinalist), 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Sporting Cristal, for its part, is a history of the competition and was a finalist in the 1997 editionafter eliminating Racing Club in the semifinals.

The team led by Diego Dabove had a good start to the year but last Sunday they lost their undefeated record –with a majority of regular substitutes– in their visit to Estudiantes de La Plata (2-1) for the seventh date of the 2023 Professional League tournament. Previously, they had achieved five wins (three for the League, one for the Argentine Cup and the rest in Phase 2 of the Libertadores) and five draws.

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Despite the departure of important players such as Franco Cristaldo and Benjamín Garré plus the absence of defender and former captain Lucas Merolla due to a conflict with the club, Dabove was able to maintain the line of the team that was the protagonist of 2022. Since his arrival at the club, the former coach of Godoy Cruz, Banfield, San Lorenzo and Argentinos Juniors only lost 5 of the 38 games he led and obtained 60% of the points.

For the assembly of the equipment, andl DT recovers an important player like Gabriel Gudiño (author of three goals in the year), who overcame a muscle strain. Regarding the departure, Gudiño could replace the youthful Juan Gautowhile Joaquín Novillo fights with Gastón Sauro for a place in defense.

Sporting Cristal showed that it is a stronger team at home than away from home and will have the support of its audience, which sold out 40,000 seats. In the Phase 2, the Peruvian team overturned a 2-0 defeat against Nacional, in Paraguay, with a resounding 5-1 in Lima.

He The “beer” team was put together to at least enter the Copa Libertadores and for this they hired the Brazilian coach Tiago Nuneswinner of international titles with Atlético Paranaense.

Sporting Cristal lost just one of its five home games against Argentine teams in the knockout phases of the Copa Libertadores and got three wins and a draw. The last defeat was against Boca Juniors in the round of 16 of 2004 (23). ANDThe same result in favor of the “Celestes” occurred in the only precedent between the two teams in Lima, for the group stage of the 2016 edition.

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