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With controversial goal, Jhon Arias’ Fluminense lost the first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup

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With controversial goal, Jhon Arias’ Fluminense lost the first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup

VAR Nicolás Gallo approves last-minute goal for Liga de Quito in Copa Winners’ Cup first leg

Liga de Quito and Fluminense, winners of the Copa Sudamericana and Libertadores 2023, respectively, clashed in the first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup. The match, played in Ecuadorian territory, ended with a 1-0 victory for Liga de Quito after VAR Nicolás Gallo approved a disputed goal in the final minutes.

Despite Fluminense being the favorites on paper due to the strength of their roster, Liga de Quito put up a strong defensive performance and managed to keep the Brazilians at bay. Colombian player Jhon Arias of Fluminense led several attacking moves but failed to make a breakthrough.

The first half saw few scoring opportunities, with Liga de Quito coming close to scoring through Lucas Ezequiel Piovi and Sebastián González Baquero. However, they were unable to capitalize on their chances.

In the second half, Fluminense struggled to cope with the altitude and made some tactical changes. Both teams had their share of missed opportunities, but it was Liga de Quito who ultimately found the back of the net in the 90+1 minute. A free kick from the locals resulted in a goal by Adrián Arce, initially ruled out for offside by Colombian central defender Andrés Rojas. However, VAR Nicolás Gallo intervened and confirmed that the goal was valid, securing the 1-0 victory for Liga de Quito.

The return leg of the Recopa Sudamericana will take place on February 29 in Rio de Janeiro, where Fluminense will aim to overturn the deficit and claim the championship.

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