For date 5 of group F of the CONMEBOL – Copa Libertadores 2023 tournament, Monagas defeated Furia Matecaña this Tuesday by the slightest difference. The local scored the only goal of the game at 18 minutes into the first half, through Edanyilber Navas, from a penalty.
Despite the fact that Pereira had a vast superiority in possession of the ball (61% on average), his effort was not enough to overcome the adverse result against the visiting team.
The figure of the meeting was Edanyilber Navas. The Monagas striker scored 1 goal, kicked 5 times on target against Pereira and gave 15 correct passes.
Cristhian Rivas was also key in the Jewel of the East. The Monagas midfielder stood out against Pereira as he gave 45 correct passes, stole 3 balls and kicked 3 times on goal.
At 59 minutes into the second half, Monagas striker Fernando Basante embarrassed Jimer Fory, Pereira’s midfielder, with a stupendous pipe.
It was a game with many fouls and numerous interruptions. There were 3 cautioned: Ivan Anderson, Johan Bocanegra and David Guevara.
Monagas’ coach, Jhonny Ferreira, arranged a 3-5-2 formation on the field with Orlando Mosquera in goal; Rubén Ramírez, Hárold Cummings and Cristopher Rodríguez on the defensive line; Ivan Anderson, Cristhian Rivas, Aldo Quiñónez, Óscar González and Edson Castillo in the middle; and Abdiel Arroyo and Edanyilber Navas in attack.
For their part, those led by Alejandro Restrepo planted themselves with a 3-5-2 strategy with Aldair Quintana under the three sticks; Juan Quintero, Jhonny Vásquez and Yeison Suárez in defense; Yilmar Velásquez, Eber Moreno, Juan Pablo Zuluaga, Maicol Medina and Jimer Fory in midfield; and Arley Rodríguez and Ángelo Rodríguez up front.
The designated referee for the match was Alex Cajas Torres.
Monagas will visit Boca Juniors on the next day, while Furia Matecaña will visit Colo Colo at the Monumental David Arellano stadium.
With 7 points, Pereira is in second place in Group F. For his part, Monagas is in fourth place with 5 points.
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