Copa Libertadores: Students lost to Audax and there was controversy

The surprise was the one that invaded Estudiantes de La Plata, leader with the ideal score of their group in the Argentine Professional League, who fell to the modest Chilean team Audax Italiano by 1-0, in the first leg of the second phase of the Copa Libertadores that was played at the El Teniente stadium in Rancagua.

Estudiantes was surprised as soon as the match started with a cross from Jorge Henríquez that passed between several legs of forwards and defenders, to enter the second post of the goal defended by Mariano Andújar.

That was the first surprise that the “pincharrata” team received, but not the only one, since in the rest the good play of the local team was involved, which with a neat handling from the aforementioned Henríquez, also generated danger for the Argentine forwards Germán Estigarribia, with a very good job, and Lautaro Palacios.

On the other hand, Audax Italiano was not the same when attacking as when it came back, but in that area there was the fault of those led by Ricardo Zielinski, who never found the ball in the midfield to progress in attack, except in some sparks of Gustavo Del Prete.

But that was enough for him at some point in the first half to even score a Leandro Díaz goal that was invalidated by the Uruguayan referee Christian Ferreyra, whose actions were going to be key to the subsequent development of the match, with his mistakes in a match that was of the second phase of the contest does not count with the participation of the VAR.

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Var will only come into action in the group stage, something that Estudiantes aspires to, although to do so they must inevitably prevail in next week’s rematch at Stadium One.

Because today, despite the fact that the locals finished with two men less due to the expulsions decreed by Ferreyra for Nicolás Fernández and Fabián Torres, he never found the paths that would lead him not to victory, but at least to a draw.

And to make matters worse, with time already served, the former Rosario Central, Alan Marinelli, who had entered five minutes earlier, was expelled when the “pincharrata” team needed him most.

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