Primera Division

Primera Division Roundup: Sporting Cristal suffers brutal defeat

Photo: Diario Trome

With Matchday 2 of the Clausura in the books and the third round fast approaching, here’s a quick recap of each match from the past few days.

Binacional 1-4 Real Garcilaso

Real Garcilaso scored early and often in a match that puts them in second place (4 points) in the Clausura standings. Julio Landauri’s left-footed shot glanced off the post to a waiting Hernan Rengifo to open the scoring. A beauty long ball from Santillian soared 40 yards to the foot of a breaking Jhonny Vidales for the second tally. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the real highlight goals came off the foot of El Chapu Ramua—his signature blast from beyond 20 yards—and a long bending free kick from Gustavo Dulanto. Garcilaso, a team coming into form for the Clausura, has now played seven matches in a row without a loss.

Ayacucho 0-0 Melgar

The two sides played to a draw on this day, but the match was not without offensive opportunities. Both teams tallied a total of 33 shots. The lanky Diego Penny, goalkeeper for Melgar, was kept busy early. Melgar pressed in the second half. Its best scoring chance came from Victor Rossel with a shot that glanced the post. Ayacucho earns its first point in the Clausura, while Melgar shares second place (4 points) with three other clubs.

Sport Huancayo 1-0 Comerciantes Unidos

As expected, Huancayo dominated. The onslaught began early as Marcio Valverde stung one off the crossbar from the eighteen. It was one of a few attempts. The question for opponents isn’t if they will score against Comerciantes Unidos, it’s when and how often. Alfredo Rojas scored on a strike (44’) with three defenders standing around. Joaquin Boghassian broke free early in the second half, but couldn’t connect. It was more of the same in this lopsided affair. One wonders if CU will win a match this season.

Universitario 2-1 UTC

La U scored a late tally in stoppage time (90+5’) to win a hard-fought battle and to make the trip back to Cajamarca an even longer one for UTC. La Crema hit the mark first with a nice cross from Javier Nunez to Roberto Neira inside the goal area. A long set piece to a breaking Luis Cardoza tied the game. Late substitutions for Universitario made the difference. The winning goal was scored by Anthony Osorio who came on in the 65’. Universitario earns its first points of the Clausura and puts in smack-dab in the middle of the hunt.

San Martin 3-2 Cantolao

Cantolao got off to a quick start with a strike by Fabian Gonzales (2’). Undeterred, San Martin hung tough in this see-saw affair. The game tilted in San Martin’s favor in the second half. Back-to-back strikes by Carlos Huerto (51’) on a beautiful free kick over a wall of defenders and under the crossbar, and by Jesus Chavez (59’) on a glancing header going away gave San Martin the lead. Ake Loba scored what ended up being the game winner in the 90th minute. Cantolao’s Gonzalez scored his second goal of the match on a penalty kick in the waning moments of the match (90+3’), but it was too late to mount a comeback.

Union Comercio 2-1 Sporting Cristal

MATCH OF THE WEEK! COMERCIO STUNS CRISTAL!

For the first time in three months (13 matches) Sporting Cristal lost a match. Union Comercio puts itself in rare company by defeating the Primera juggernaut Cristal. This is only the third time this year that Cristal gets handed an “L.” Every match no matter the circumstance seems winnable for La Celeste, but this time the underdog persisted. Carlos Precindo impressed at the striker position winning a few draw-dropping duels. David Dioses scored in the first half (38’). The lead was held through the first half. The league-leading goal scorer, Emanuel Herrera, tied the score in the 64’, but Union Comercio gathered itself by drawing on many contributors. The 21-year old Jose Rivera, who came on late, made his presence felt. He drew the foul that set up what will go down in history for Comercio fans: Willyan Mimbela’s left-footed direct kick from 25 yards that sliced through the three-man wall and bent into the near side of the net for the game-winner (88’). Both teams sit in third place in the standings (3 points). It’s not every day you see Cristal having to play catch-up.

Sport Rosario 0-1 Deportivo Municipal

After Adrian Zela’s early send-off (4’) for a cleats-up tackle, things did not look good for Municipal. The ensuing direct kick was turned away by Stiven Rivadaneyra which would be repeated again, and again, and again. The match became the Rivadaneyra show. Sport Rosario fired 30 shots in his direction. For a keeper who typically sees 4 shots a game, del Villar made 12 spectacular saves. Like a fish out of water, Rivadaneyra was flopping and flipping. He made diving, punching, and blocking saves to keep his team in the match. Rosario had their opportunities and took advantage late. At the other end of the field, Juniors Barbieri–Rosario’s keeper–misplayed an incoming ball, and Carlos Flores made him pay. The short-handed goal (85’) gave Municipal the win, and the man of the match was celebrating 100 yards away.

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