by J.P. Devetori
Universitario will square off against Universidad San Martin in match day 2 of the Clausura season at the Estadio Monumental. After a disappointing 1-1 draw last match vs Cantolao, the “U” is set to turn things around.
The “U” seeks to win their 1st Clausura match against a weak USM squad. USM lost to Binacional last match and they were 2 wins – 1 draw – 2 losses in their last 5 matches of the Apertura season. The final 5 match record may look ok but their 2 wins came off against a weaker Carlos Stein and ADT squads.
The defense has been disappointing since they stripped 4 points out of the “U” in the aggregate table ever since Carlos Compagnucci’s arrival as manager. His 1st match should’ve ended 0-0 despite allowing 2 penalty goals. And last match could’ve ended with a 1-0 win for the cremas if it wasn’t for allowing the penalty goal. The defense needs to play smarter by not allowing costly penalties and to just contain the attacker by closing in on them and to also mark opponents precisely.
Universitario will debut their commemorative jersey to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Estadio Lolo Fernandez. Kickoff will be at 3:30pm Peru time (4:30pm Atlantic, 1:30pm Pacific).