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Nacional beat Puerto Cabello 2-0 in Venezuela for the CONMEBOL Libertadores

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Nacional beat Puerto Cabello 2-0 in Venezuela for the CONMEBOL Libertadores

Feb 21, 2024, 7:02 PM ET

Being much superior, Nacional beat Academia Puerto Cabello 2-0 at the Misael Delgado stadium in the first leg of phase 2 of the CONMEBOL Libertadores and took an important advantage thinking about the classification.

Nacional stomped in Venezuela for the first leg of Phase 2 of the CONMEBOL Libertadores x.com/Nacional

The match began with a back-and-forth process, with two teams that went out to find the rival goal and proposed a fluid transit game in the middle of the field. When the game was still coming together, the tricolor managed to take the lead after a great play that began with Galeano, which continued with a sensational backheel pass from Mauricio Pereyra and culminated with a very good finish from Sanabria for the 1-0 lead. the 10 minutes of the game.

After the goal, the Venezuelans tried to get ahead on the field of play, but the one who went deep again was Nacional when at 26 minutes, Galeano hit a great volley inside the area that caused a very good intervention by Schiavone. Before the end of the first half, the tricolor found the ideal chance to widen the gap when Diego Polenta took a free kick and the ball bounced off Congo’s outstretched arm on the barrier. The captain protested the action, the VAR detected the action and the Nigerian Cristian Ebere finished off the penalty with great precision to put the ball in the corner and establish the 2-0.

The game was uphill for the Venezuelan team after the first half, and at the start of the complement it became even more complex since Celis, who was reprimanded, committed a harsh infraction that cost him the second yellow card, so Puerto Cabello was left with one less player.

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With the process under control, the team led by “Chino” Recoba was very close to scoring the third when, after another great incursion by Galeano, Sanabria finished in the area and between the crossbar and Schiavone they avoided the third. Shortly after, the one who tried was Ruben Bentancourt with a low shot from outside the area that passed very close to the post.

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From that moment on, the Bag was accumulating one chance after another to widen its differences. A shot on the crossbar by Sanabria, a shot by Galeano that was blocked by the goalkeeper, a couple of chances by Zabala that required Schiavone, one by Renzo Sánchez that he couldn’t take advantage of and another by Oliva that didn’t materialize either.

In the closing, a couple of bad setbacks by Nacional almost allowed Academia Puerto Cabello to discount, but Mejía appeared to provide security for the tricolor arch and keep the goal at zero.

El Bolso stomped in Venezuela, won with a solid performance and took a big step to try to advance to phase 3 of the CONMEBOL Libertadores.

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