Lucas Mancinelli scored the only goal of the match played at the Alejandro Serrano Aguilar stadium in the 35th minute.
One goal was enough for Deportivo Cuenca to defeat Barcelona Sporting Club 1-0 this Thursday and thus end an undefeated ten game (six this season) that the Canarian team held in the Ecuadorian soccer championship since December 2020.
Lucas Mancinelli scored in the 35th minute the only goal of the match played at the Alejandro Serrano Aguilar stadium, valid for matchday 7 of the first round of LigaPro Serie A 2021. Precisely the Argentine goalkeeper Javier Burrai he had been saved by a penalty.
At the dawn of the game, just in minute 3, Mancinelli fell in the area before a friction with Luis Fernando León and the referee Guillermo Guerrero decreed the maximum penalty, little questioned by the Canarian players. But the Argentine, from eleven meters, did not have the intuition of his compatriot Burrai, who held the ball when he flew to one side (4 min).
The visit was then encouraged to attack and could have found an opportunity in an offensive action that was not sanctioned as a penalty, when, in a mess in the small area, defender Denilson Bolaños moved the ball away from his goal with his left hand. DT Fabián Bustos also later claimed a foul on Leonel Quiñónez in the Cuenca area.
The Argentine Burrai returned to save his team when he beat Luis Andrés Chicaiza in a heads-up at half an hour of play.
However, the third time was the charm for the Morlacos. Chicaiza stole the ball from Sergio López in midfield and sent a deep pass to Mancinelli, who defined above Burrai before the exit of the bullfighter goalkeeper (35 min).
The complement did not change. It was difficult for Barcelona to generate offensive play and, on the contrary, it was the Austral Express that almost extended the advantage. Bolaños used a filtered pass from Chicaiza and fired point-blank, but Burrai blocked notably. This scoring opportunity occurred despite the fact that the local defended more than what they attacked; I was already betting on the backlash.
At 77 minutes, Gonzalo Mastriani missed the possibility of a draw by heading without marking and in good position. His impact, which was generated from a center down the right wing, was barely deflected.
Without any success in the visit, the engagement ended. Cuenca resisted and kept the three points.
Before this match, the last time the bullfighters fell in the contest was on December 13, 2020 (last year’s edition) against Aucas 2-1 in Quito.
The DT Bustos team continues to lead with 14 points, waiting for Emelec (2nd, 13 points) to complete his match of the seventh day on Saturday (17:00) against Liga de Quito – already the only undefeated in the tournament – at George Capwell.
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