Match Recap: Chapecoense 0-1 Nacional 2018 Copa Libertadores
Brazilian team Chapecoense hosted Uruguayan side Nacional at the Arena Conda for the first leg of a second round fixture in the 2018 Copa Libertadores. The match proved to be an exciting and intense encounter as both teams finished with less than 11 men.
Chapecoense could not take advantage of playing in Brazil and will now have to try and formulate an impressive comeback in Montevideo. The lone goal of the game came in the 74th minute of the match by midfielder Santiago Romero.
The goal was the result of a very well-constructed play by Los Albos as a pass found Matias Zunino inside of Chapecoense’s penalty area. The Uruguayan winger then made a deadly ground pass that found Santiago Romero right in front of Jandrei’s net.
⚽️FINAL Nacional 1-0 Chapecoense. Con este gol del "Colo" Santiago Romero los tricolores ganaron como visitantes en el estadio Arena Condá 🔵⚪️🔴
— 13a0 (@treceacero) February 1, 2018
The first red card of the encounter came just minutes after the goal as Alfonso Espino was booted out of the game after his second yellow card of the match for Nacional. Chapecoense could not take advantage and level the score and instead went on to receive two red cards.
First Perotti received a direct red card in the 84th minute then defender Eduardo was banned from the clash just five minutes later. Both players came on off the bench and proved to be costly decisions for Chapecoense manager Gilson Kleina. Nacional will have a tremendous advantage in the second leg in Montevideo and should go through to the next round without many complications.
Chapecoense: Jandrei, Apodi, Douglas, Fabricio Bruno, Bruno Pacheco, Amaral, Guilherme Augusto (’83 Eduardo), Lucas Mineiro, Marcio Araujo, Nadson (’80 Perotti), Wellington Paulista
Nacional: Esteban Conde, Alfonso Espino, Diego Arismendi, Guzman Corujo, Jorge Fucile, Santiago Romero, Christian Oliva, Tabare Viudez (72’ Gonzalo Bergessio), Matias Zunino (90’ Leandro Barcia), Carlos De Pena, Sebastian Fernandez