By: Luis Imaña
A hard blow dealt the Cesar Vallejo University at the Mansiche stadium after beating Alianza Lima 3-2 for matchday 14 of the Closing Tournament, a result that diminishes the chances of the Blue and Whites team winning the second tournament of the season.
The ‘poets’ came out from the opening whistle with the slogan of taking possession of the ball and from below began to cause problems for the reigning Peruvian soccer champion.
Those led by Jose William del Solar they reached the ‘intimate’ goal in the first leg of the game; however, the appearance of Ángelo Campos under the three posts prevented an early goal.
César Vallejo continued to press through team play and at 38′ he managed to break the 0-0 lead thanks to Yorleys Mena who took a surprising shot inside the area, leaving the blue and white goalkeeper unable to react.
However, the cast that commands William Chambers he was able to react a few minutes later with a header from Pablo Míguez (43′), which allowed him to go into the break with a momentary draw.
In the complement, the ‘Chemo’ team continued to put pressure on the visiting team and at 64 ‘they were again ahead in the score thanks to the shot outside the area of Alexander Ramirez.
With the game under their control, the Trujillo team took advantage of the defensive disorder of the ‘intimates’, who were looking for equality by all means, and at 71′ Jairo Vélez scored the 3-1 header.
Although Hernán Barcos closed the gap on the scoreboard at 94′, it was not enough to avoid leaving Mansiche empty-handed. After this match, Alianza complicates its chances of winning the Closing Tournament and secure their ticket to the playoffs for the national title.
Despite the negative result they achieved in Trujillo, ‘Chicho’ Salas recognized the dedication of his leaders. “I think we made mistakes that cost us the game. I am grateful for the sacrifice of the players, they gave their all until the end”, declared the coach of alliance Lime after the meeting.
The Blue and Whites put an end to a four-game unbeaten run. The painting of La Victoria did not lose in the League 1 since September 4 against Universitario.
Likewise, Alianza extends a long drought of victories against César Vallejo in the Mansiche, since the ‘intimates’ have not been able to add three to the Trujillo in their domains since 2009.
On the other hand, the ‘poets’ were able to wash their faces after the last 4-0 defeat against UTC at the Heroes de San Ramón and are three points behind the leader of the Clausura, Sporting Cristal, who will face today (3:30 p.m. ) to Ayacucho FC.
In addition, César Vallejo rose to fifth place in the accumulated table and maintains the hope of getting into the classification zone at the Libertadores Cup.
Alianza Lima will have to turn the page and raise its head when it receives Deportivo Municipal at the Alejandro Villanueva stadium on the next date.
For their part, the ‘poets’ will work in the coming days with all the motivation to stay on the winning path in their next duel against the Cantolao Academy.
Jose Guillermo del Solar, coach of Cesar Vallejo
“If Chicho was upset, I apologize, but I’m from Universitario, and just as they celebrate when they beat Universitario, I celebrate beating the rival of a lifetime.”