Melgar lost in the semifinal match against Independiente del Valle, however, Horacio Orzán maintained that the red and black team did a great job.
Horacio Orzán referred to Melgar's work in the Copa South American. (Photo. Melgar)
Melgar said goodbye to the South American Cup after losing 6-0 on aggregate to Independiente del Valle and 3-0 in the city of Arequipa at the UNSA stadium. Despite this, the 'red and black' team had a great participation in the Conmebol tournament and Horacio Orzán, in statements to the highest South American entity, considered “historic”< /i> what was done by the squad of which he is a part.
The soccer player from Melgar was proud, even with the defeat :“Thank all the people. We gave everything, we played against a great rival, but he did not reach us. We leave with our heads held high because we did our best and gave everything we had.”
The goals of the Ecuadorian team in Arequipa was scored by the Argentine Lautaro Díaz at 28 and 53 minutes and Luis Segovia (87). Given this, Orzán considered that “they waited a bit, but they had a lot of hierarchy. They went against, they scored the first goal and it was much more difficult for us because we were able to discount ourselves first.”
Melgar thus lost the classification and was undefeated at home in Arequipa, although no one denies him the merit of having reached a South American semifinal for the first time, the the same that Orzán highlighted.
“It was historic because it is the first time we competed. We were very excited about passing, but it didn't happen to us. It was still historic because it is the first time that Melgar has reached this instance”, specified the soccer player led by Lavallén.
Independent of the Valle will meet his rival in the final on Thursday, when the Brazilian semifinal series between Sao Paulo and Atlético Goianiense concludes, with the “Dragon” leading 3-1. The final of the 2022 Copa Sudamericana will be played on October 1 at the Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium, in Córdoba, Argentina.