On October 12 he beat Nacional (5-4) through penalties to advance to the next phase of the Copa Sudamericana. The Academy did not know how to break the Itaugüeña defense, and after a new goalless draw, the Albiazul team was more effective in the definition from the 12 steps.
April 06, 2021 – 8:19 PM
Nacional and October 12 defined the first classified Paraguayan to the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana. After the 0-0 registered in the first leg in Itauguá, the rematch at Defensores del Chaco allowed the visiting team to advance with a draw that implies goals. With another parity without so many penalties would be required.
The Academy had to win to continue.
Accustomed to good treatment with the ball, the cast of Barrio Obrero imposed their game of possession against an opponent who felt comfortable with the counterattack. At the start of the game, a pair of frontal balls tried to find Leonardo Villagra.
José Ariel Núñez was the man most used in the Italian offense due to his acceleration and sent a ball over the crossbar. On October 12, he waited for a National who did not know how to make the necessary spaces to break the adversary’s defensive zone. El Albo turned mainly on the right side, pretending to damage, through the projections of Carlos Espínola.
After half an hour of play, Núñez, wide open and with spaces, reached the outskirts of the large area and sent a cross that surprised Pablo Velázquez. The ball hit the attacker and was left in the hands of goalkeeper Santiago Rojas.
At the beginning of the complement, the Academy settled for a few minutes in rival territory and rushed it; however, the good defensive response maintained the parity on the scoreboard. As time went by, penalties loomed large.
The last line from Itaugüeña, led by Paulo da Silva, was insurmountable. The balls that rained into the area were returned without much difficulty. At the end of the complement, Richard Salinas missed the goal at 90 ′ by defining badly, within the small area, a service that came from the right. Time went by and in 180 minutes of the game, the goal was missing.
In the penalty shootout, it was most effective on October 12. Walter Clar was the only player who did not convert. For Nacional they scored Brahian Ayala, Cristian Riveros, Carlos Arrúa, Santiago Rojas. The penalties on October 12 were Velázquez, Juan Aguilar, César Benítez, Júnior Marabel, and David Mendieta. In this way, the Itaugüeño team enters the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana.