Estudiantes out despite a win

Alayes scored but it wasn\'t enough for El Pincha

Estudiantes de La Plata are left with only the Torneo Clausura title to fight for after a 2-1 victory over LDU Quito on Tuesday night wasn’t enough to see them through to the quarter finals of the Copa Libertadores. Drawing 1-1 at half-time, Estudiantes got the eventual winner on the night midway through the second half, but Liga held on for a 3-2 aggregate win which will see them face another Argentine side – either San Lorenzo or River Plate – in the next round.

Early pressure from the hosts in La Plata wasn’t converted, and Roberto Sensini’s men were made to rue missed chances when Luís Bolaños put the Ecuadoreans ahead in the 25th minute. With the away goal coupled to the 2-0 win Tuesday’s visitors got on home soil last week, Estudiantes now needed to score four to put them out, and Agustín Alayes pulled one back just before the break to give them hope – 3-0 in the second half might have been a tall order, but it’s by no means unprecedented in the history of this competition.

But Estudiantes’ pressure, which mounted throughout the second half, could only yield the one goal, from Ezequiel Maggiolo in the 65th minute. As time wore on and the hosts knew that one more goal could set up a frantic finale, the ball was played more and more into the Liga penalty box, but to no avail – the final tipping point, perhaps, arrived when Leandro Lázzaro, with a couple of minutes of the 90 remaining, just failed to get on the end of a lofted deep cross with his head. In stoppage time, young forward Enzo Pérez was sent off for stupidly tweaking the nose of a visiting forward he felt was taking his time to get to his feet after being fouled. The damage, though, had been done long before.

Estudiantes, then, are the second Argentine side to fall in this year’s Copa, and the attention now switches to Lanús, who kick off shortly in Mexico against an Atlas side with a one-away-goal lead from last week’s first leg in Buenos Aires. LDU Quito, meanwhile, advance to the quarters, where they’ll play the winners of the San Lorenzo vs. River tie, to be decided in El Monumental on Wednesday night.

For the goals – from Estudiantes’ and Lanús’s matches – check back on Wednesday evening.

2 thoughts on “Estudiantes out despite a win

  1. Sorry for going off topic Sam,

    But I would really like you to check out the latest posting on Mundo Albiceleste. I believe your strong knowledge on the Argentina domestic football scene, you might be able to give a better picture about the topic.

    Your comment/opinions will be highly appreciated.

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