Reigning Colombia Cup champions Junior FC got their debut at the Sudamericana Cup to a solid start with a 1-3 victory over Deportivo Lara in Barquisimeto. The goals for the Sharks were scored by Ovelar (two) and Sanchez, while Hernandez signed the point for the Venezuelans.
Roberto Ovelar literally opened the first half scoring a goal for the Sharks just fifty seconds after the initial whistle. After a fast initial move of Junior, the Paraguay native received a pass from Sebastian Hernandez inside the Lara penalty area and slammed a left-footed shot that ended at the back of the net.
Unfortunately for the visitors, only two minutes after they got the early lead, the home team tied the game with a goal scored by Jesus Hernandez. The Venezuelans completed a great passing play in front of Junior’s defense, leaving Hernandez with space and time to compose himself before slamming a sharp low shot past Sebastian Viera.
Later those thrilling first minutes the game passed through a rather quiet period, and both teams reorganized themselves after receiving the goals and managed to control their rival’s attempts to score.
In the final moments of the second half, the Rojiblancos stepped on the gas and sprung the game into action again. First, at the 76 minutes mark, they got the advantage with a free kick scored by James Sánchez, and then Ovelar scored again increasing their lead just four minutes before the final whistle.
The 1-3 victory puts the Barranquilleros in a very comfortable position for the second leg game to be played next Tuesday at 9 P.M. at Metropolitano Stadium. If the neighbors wish to pass the round they must get a three-goal lead in the game since in the case of a tie in the aggregate result Junior gets the away goal advantage.
If the Sharks keep their performance up and make it to the second round as they should, their rival is going to come out from the facing between Plaza Colonia from Uruguay and Blooming from Bolivia.
Official Tweet @juniorclubsa with images of the victory