Guayaquil (Ecuador), Nov 22 (EFE) .- The Guayaquil Emelec achieved a dramatic 3-2 victory over last year’s champion, Delfín, and reached the leadership of the Ecuadorian championship this Sunday, although the possibility of remaining in that position It depends on the meeting tomorrow, Monday, between Orense and Barcelona.
The Uruguayan Emelec striker Facundo Barceló closed the game with a dramatic but precise goal for the team led by the Spanish Ismael Rescalvo to reach the lead for the first time in 2020.
The winner’s drama was great, because the visitor, who lined up most of the substitutes thinking more about the round of 16 match for Copa Libertadores next Wednesday against Palmeiras from Brazil, went ahead with so many defenders Francisco Mera and Luis Cangá.
Emelec reacted, discounted with a goal from defender Romario Caicedo, tied through a penalty charged by Barceló, who saved his team with a second goal in the last second of the match.
While Emelec added 18 points, Liga de Quito remained with 17, the same as Barcelona, which will close tomorrow the ninth date of the second phase against Orense.
But if Barcelona loses, Emelec will continue to command the tournament, since Liga de Quito tied yesterday, Saturday, 1-1 with Guayaquil City, which accumulated 16 units.
Olmedo stopped in his aspiration to be among the first of the second phase, as he lost at home 1-2 to El Nacional, who clings to the option of saving the category at the end of the season.
Nacional needed the final five minutes to reverse the score, in the debut as a coach of one of the glories of Ecuadorian football, midfielder Edison Méndez, now a coach of his youth team.
Olmedo went ahead with a goal from defender Miguel Segura, until in the 88th minute attacker Marlon De Jesús equalized and midfielder Holger Matamoros scored the winning goal.
Olmedo was left with 11 points and El Nacional reached 8.
Deportivo Cuenca, who beat the popular Aucas 2-0, with outstanding performance by Argentine attackers Diego Dorregaray and Lucas Mancinelli, ended up drawing 3-3.
Aucas was rebuilt by the hand of Argentines Sergio López, Víctor Figueroa, Lisandro Alzugaray and Maximiliano Barreiro.
Figueroa discounted through a penalty, López equalized with a shot from outside the area and placed on the right side of goalkeeper Brian Heras, Dorregaray increased and the young Ecuadorian attacker Janus Vivar reached the final tie for Aucas, in the midst of a persistent rain.
Deportivo Cuenca was left with 12 points and Aucas with 11.
The ninth date will conclude tomorrow, Monday, with the matches: Macará-Liga de Portoviejo; Orense-Barcelona and Universidad Católica-Mushuc Runa.