On a night when goalkeeper João Paulo had a great performance, Santos drew 1-1 with Independiente, in Argentina, this Thursday (22), and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana.
The Brazilian team had won the first leg by 1-0 and came out ahead away from home, with a goal by Kaio Jorge, 38 minutes into the initial stage. With his eighth ball in the net this season, he is now the top scorer of the Baixada Santista team.
In the second half, Lucas González scored in the only move in which goalkeeper João Paulo was beaten. Throughout the match, the shirt 34 made at least seven defenses with a high degree of difficulty and was decisive for the classification of the Brazilian team.
The house owners insisted a lot to swing the Santos net. There were 14 submissions by the Argentines, against 13 by the black and white team.
They didn’t reduce their momentum even when they started playing with one less, starting 16 minutes into the second half, after defender Insaurralde was sent off. He got a red card for committing a foul on Marinho, in a move in which the attacker would be in the face of goal.
The defender left the field very angry, even more because it had also been his failure in the play of goal by Kaio Jorge. The Argentine missed a cut after Carlos Sánchez was thrown, and the ball was free for the shirt 9.
Santos didn’t get their first victory over Independiente in Argentina because, even with one less, the hosts drew, at 22, with González. In additions, Indpendiente had another athlete expelled: Barreto received the second yellow card for a foul on Kaio Jorge.
In the overall history, there is a balance. In 17 games, there were six Argentine victories, five Santos, in addition to six draws.
With only a regular campaign in the Brazilian Championship — it ranks tenth, with 16 points in 12 rounds —, Santos sees easier paths in the Sudamericana and Copa do Brasil to reach a title this season.
For Nacional, the team will return to the field on Sunday (25), when it will face Atlético-GO, at 18:15, in Vila Belmiro. For Sul-Americana, he will perform again in August. Conmebol has not yet confirmed the dates for the quarterfinals.