(EFE) — Independiente defeated Venezuela’s Deportivo La Guaira 4-0 at home, but their classification in Group G of the Copa Sudamericana remains in doubt because with one game to go they remain three points behind the leader Ceará and with a lower goal difference. They will have to overcome, also in Avellaneda, the Brazilian team by two goals to advance to the round.
A goal against Yohán Cumaná, two from Chilean Leandro Benegas and the rest from Colombian Andrés Roa allowed Rojo to win at the Estadio Libertadores de América Ricardo Enrique Bochini to add 12 points and stay three behind Brazilian Ceará, with whom they They will face each other on the last day of the group next Wednesday in Buenos Aires.
After the victory of the Brazilian team against the Paraguayan General Caballero by 4-0, Independiente came to this commitment not only with the need to win but also to beat their Venezuelan rival to reach the final day of the group stage with higher aspirations. , which will define the only one qualified for the round of 16.
For their part, La Guaira and General Caballero share the last position in Zone G with just one unit after a draw and four defeats in five presentations.
Independiente started the game knowing that they needed not only a win but goals in this duel and despite Tomás Pozzo’s imbalance, he failed in the definition to break the fence defended by Carlos Olses.
It was only in the 41st minute that the scoreboard opened with a center from the left that forced a clearance by Yohán Cumaná who ended up putting the ball against his fence.
At the beginning of the second stage, Independiente maintained its offensive strategy and at minute 47 managed to widen the difference with an accurate header.
El Rojo had other options to widen the difference, but two goals annulled due to an advanced position, Benegas’s lack of aim in another to define with an empty goal and a shot by Domingo Blanco over the crossbar ended up frustrating a new local goal.
However, in the 83rd minute a cross from right to left led to a pass from Leandro Fernández to Andrés Roa who, facing the goal, defined with a shot that drove the ball into the goal.
In one of the last plays of the game, with time already up, another clearance by Leandro Fernández left Benegas with the chance to stretch and convert the fourth for his team and the second for his personal account.
Next Wednesday Independiente will host Ceará, with the need for a victory and, in addition, to reduce the goal difference that marks +14 for the Brazilian team and +11 for the Argentine team.