Patronage from Paraná was not found, they lost 5 to 0 against Melgar, in Peru, for the fifth date of Group H of the Libertadores Cupand was left out of the competition, although both teams will still fight the next date to qualify for the South American.
With four Argentine goals in the first half (Bernardo Cuesta for two, Cristian Bordacahar and Tomás Martínez) and one from the Peruvian Jhamir DArrigo, those led by the also Argentine Mariano Soso won for the first time in the 2023 Libertadores, surpassed on the field and in the table to the Board of Trustees and returned the defeat (4 to 1) that they suffered in Paraná a month ago.
Melgar got a penalty early on and after 8 minutes Bernardo Cuesta converted it into a goal with a right cross. Thus he strengthened himself and took advantage of the fact that Patronato was never on the field, he did not know how or what to do and he had a hard time.
At 13 minutes and after a corner, Nievas involuntarily left the ball bobbing near the penalty spot, Bordacahar appeared alone and broke the goal for 2-0.
Seven minutes later (20m.) the Peruvian Jhamir DArrigo ran down the left until Cristian González swept him from behind inside the area and converted a new penalty, and former River Tomás Martínez nailed it with his left foot close to the right post.
With the win already imposed, Otta took out a defender and brought in a striker, but even so, the mistakes, the anger and the few ideas did not let him pass even half of the field.
Melgar had a feast: with filtered passes and attention, he knew how to rely on the calm of the scoreboard and had the luxury of wasting another three one-on-ones to extend the difference, which he achieved at 40.
With great ease and even with luxuries they started a very good play from the left, with four passes he reached the Patrón area, Kenji Cabrera threw the center and between the two central defenders again Cuesta accommodated it and defined with time and subtlety for the 4th 0.
The second half seemed to change completely, with a Rojinegro totally dedicated to turning the game around, but as the minutes went by it faded and Melgar once again took advantage.
At 13 minutes from the complement, from a poorly taken corner kick by Patronato a counterattack arose to the other end, where Cuesta engaged in the small area and with a back pass enabled DArrigo who cornered his shot very well for the final 5-0.
Group H was left with Atlético Nacional as the leader and already qualified for the round of 16 with 10 points (+4), followed by Olimpia with 8 (+3), Melgar with 4 (-1) and last will remain Patronato with 3 units (- 6) until the next and last date.
There, the Peruvian León will face Olimpia in Paraguay on Tuesday the 27th at 9:00 p.m., the same day and time that the Patronato will face Atlético Nacional in Colombia.
For the local tournament, “Rojinegro” will travel to Chubut to visit Brown in Puerto Madryn this Saturday at 3:00 p.m., and Melgar will face Binacional at home on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
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