by J.P. Devetori
Yesterday, Universitario dominated throughout 90 minutes vs Univ. Cesar Vallejo in a 3-0 shutout and their 3rd win this season (third 3-0 win) and remains at 2nd place of the table, 3 points behind number 1, Sport Huancayo. The match was a positive opposite from the last 2 matches where the team lacked offensive effort as well as poor defense. The “U” also played their first match in their special edition 1934 Championship uniform. 🙂
The “U” started the match with much physicality, strong challenges in 1v1 balls which is great to see after 2 lousy matches. The “U” finally netted the first goal of the match by a strong bullet by Angel Cayetano in the 15th minute, his first goal of the Liga 1 season. UCV had their chances but couldn’t build anything following the crema goal. Alex Valera scored his 3rd goal of the season with a rebound shot after UCV goalkeeper Carlos Grados made a one hand stop but couldn’t complete the save. The “U” could’ve made more goals in the first half but either way, the cremas did their job in putting a comfortable lead with 45 minutes to go.
The 2nd half was more dominant defense than offense. The crema defense limited UCV to zero counter attacks and kept them away from making a shot on goal. The “U” later were awarded a penalty and Nelinho Quina scored his 4th goal of the season, maintaining the leading goalscorer of the cremas in Liga 1.
Team performance rating: A+
Despite winning 3-0 in dominant fashion, the team was out-possessed 29%-71%. UCV dominated possession but couldn’t muster a single shot on goal. If a team lacks possession, they’re doomed in the entire match but the crema defense made their contributions by locking UCV the entire 90 minutes. Every UCV turnover were capitalized into goals and many other scoring opportunities, therefore the “U” got their first A+ of the season.
Next match will be on Wednesday vs Barcelona S.C. in the 2nd leg of the Copa Libertadores. A must win match for the “U” and they must keep that strong and tough grit into Wednesday night at Estadio Nacional.