Forced to win by the triumph of Alianza Lima the day before, Sporting Cristal took the field Alberto Gallardo with the slogan of avoiding what happened in the last two meetings on that court. At the front they had a University Alliance that had already demonstrated in ‘Matute’ that in Lima it is difficult to overcome.
Before starting the meeting, good news came to the store ‘Bajopontina’. The Crystal reserve thrashed the Huanuquenos 4-1 and they won the 2019 champion title. This trophy gives the squad two points in the accumulated table, ensuring, if they added up to 3, their presence in the play-off without Need to win the Clausura.
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However, Cristal is a team accustomed to fighting as much title as possible on the horizon and with the great framework of people who were present to encourage them, victory was a necessity. Not showing their best game, the locals managed to open the scoring at 27 minutes thanks to a mid-range shot by Horacio Calcaterra. The Peruvian nationalized had faith, hit him and the ball went through a sea of legs to sneak into the bow of Diego Morales.
At the beginning of the second half, Alianza Universidad found parity through Juan Tuesta (56 ’). Nerves beat him sensibly and Sporting Cristal could not find his way to the victory goal. But it is in these moments that men of experience must appear. Carlos Lobaton entered the field to completely change the game, gave him the break and the final pass that the ‘celestes requested to move the game forward.
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With 15 minutes left on the clock, the referee took a hand inside the Diego Encinas area and the maximum penalty gave Cristal hope to continue fighting for the Clausura. ‘Loba’ executed with the category that characterizes it to put the 2-1 final and say that, with 31 units and at one point of the leaders, the dream of the two-year championship is still alive. It was a heavenly morning for Cristal.
Did you know …
– Classified. Sporting Cristal has 65 points in the accumulated and is already in the play-offs and the Copa Libertadores.
– Last chance. ‘Rimenses will visit Juliaca in the next date to face Deportivo Binacional.