South American: Corinthians draw with Del Valle and bid farewell to tournament

QUITO, ECUADOR - SEPTEMBER 25: Ralf of Corinthians fights for the ball with Alan Franco of Independiente del Valle during the second leg semifinal match between Independiente del Valle and Corinthians at Estadio OlÌmpico Atahualpa on September 25, 2019 in Quito, Ecuador. (Photo by Franklin Jacome/Getty Images)

Team alvinegra has been ahead twice but has taken two goals in defense errors

It cost Corinthians dearly a 2-0 loss to the South American semi-final against Independiente Del Valle (EQU). Fábio Carlile’s team failed to reverse the score away from home, tied 2-2, and bid farewell to the continental tournament on Wednesday. In addition to losing the chance to fight for a title missing from their gallery, the alvinegra team missed the opportunity to win a prize of $ 4 million ($ 16 million) for the champion.

For the first time in the history of the competition, the final will be played in a single game on November 9 in Paraguay. In addition to the award to the winner, each team will get 25% of the box office revenue.

For reaching the semifinal, Corinthians pocketed $ 1.6 million. The first phase yielded $ 300,000, the round of 16 gave $ 500,000 and the quarterfinals $ 800,000. Besides the financial aspect, the team of Parque São Jorge will have to look for a place in the next edition of Libertadores via Campeonato Brasileiro. The alvinegra team closed the 20th round in fifth, a position that would force them to play preliminary stages until reaching the continental group stage.

In front of Del Valle, this Wednesday, the team did not show again a football that accredits to fight for the first positions of the National.

Fábio Carlile bet on a scheme with two strikers, Mauro Boselli, and Vagner Love, but even so, the team did not have the offensive productivity it needed, especially for the excess of pass errors.

Still, the Argentine managed to score a goal with the assistance of shirt 9, at 28 of the initial stage.

Before the end of the first leg, Love had another chance to extend on the counterattack, but the striker’s finish hit the crossbar.

At the break of the break, the drive to seek the second goal made Corinthians leave more space in defense. Still struggling to create, he saw Del Valle capitalize on Manoel’s foul as he tried to break a counterattack and equalize with Jhon Sánchez on 22 minutes.

By then, Corinthians needed two more to keep the spot and there was no possibility of a penalty shootout. There was a penalty in normal weather when Danilo Avelar was shot down in the area.

Before pointing the infraction, the referee had to consult the VAR. Clayson was allowed to charge after 40 minutes and converted.

The Sao Paulo team would have five minutes plus the additions to seek the third but saw their defense fail again. At 44 minutes, Cabeza left everything the same. Final score 2 to 2.

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