Universitario vs Corinthians leg 2: Win or go home
Universitario hosts Corinthians for leg 2 of the Copa Sudamericana KO round. After falling 0-1 last week in unfair & disgraceful fashion, the (U) seeks revenge. The off the field issue is something the crema players seek to avenge more than the 0-1 loss after Sebastian Avellino was unfairly arrested without any help or justice. Avellino was arrested for “racism” despite being racially attacked by the Corinthians fans.
Coming into this match already has some drama aside from the Avellino situation. Corinthians refuse to play in Peru due to a new sickness called Guillain-Barré but CONMEBOL rejected their plea. Afraid of what they did in São Paulo, Corinthians are also scared to play in the Monumental. This match has been personal ever since leg 1 ended.
Universitario will be without Alex Valera due to getting a red card last week & Jose Carvallo due to serving a 8-match ban due to the brawl vs Gimnasia. Emmanuel Herrera is likely to start at forward & rising star Diego Romero will start at goalkeeper. The starting XI has been leaked and its: Romero (GK), Corzo, Riveros, Di Benedetto (DF), Cabanillas, Ureña, (DM) Perez Guedes, Quispe (MF), Polo, Urruti (LW/RW), and Herrera (ST).
Universitario must win 1-0 in order to force penalty kicks but a 2-0 or 3-0 win puts them to the Round of 16. Kickoff will be at 8:30pm at the Estadio MonUmental in front of a sold out crowd of 70,000 cremas. Let’s go U!