Universitario edges AD Tarma 3-1 in a strong performance from Luis Urruti and company. The match involved many controversial missed calls by the referee as well as bad calls. Urruti and Emmanuel Herrera helped carry the “U” to victory against all odds.
The “U” came into this match limitless due to being without their key stars such as goalkeeper Jose Carvallo, forward Alex Valera, and winger Andy Polo because of international duty. And the key absences made an impact in the 1st half of the match. After Urruti scored off a great volley in the 33rd minute, ADT tied the match after a miscalculation by backup goalkeeper Diego Romero. ADT’s Janio Posito scored off a header and things were looking wrong for Universitario. Before the goal, Piero Quispe was fouled inside the penalty area and no call was made. Similar plays happened inside and outside the penalty area only for the ref to ignore. ADT had many players offsides as well but the referee ignored too.
The 2nd half opened with little hope due to the same issues from the referee happening again. It was until Urruti was fouled inside the penalty area and the referee finally made the call. Maybe he was afraid for a wild backlash. Emmanuel Herrera was tasked to take the PK and was denied but scored off the rebound. 2 minutes later in the 67th min, Luis Urruti scored off a great pass by Herrera and bended his shot away from the ADT keeper to make it 3-1 cremas. The “U” controlled the rest of the 2nd half with great defense as well as the midfield patrolling offensively.
After what it looked like a doomsday night for Universitario, they played through tremendous adversity and overcame the odds. The crema fans showed up and brought the noise to help the club win. As of now, the “U” sit in 2nd place of the Apertura table by 1 point behind leaders Deportivo Garcilaso. Next match will be vs Cienciano on Friday March 24 8:30 Peru time (9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT) at the Estadio Monumental. The match is a reschedule match from match day 1 due to the nationwide riots earlier in the year.