SANTA FE.- With the dream debut of Paraguayan Junior Marabel (24 years old), in a three-step play, Union beat Velez 2-1. and is third, after Atlético Tucumán and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. The dream of playing an international cup again continues to feed date after date.
But the tatengue still has the possibility of moving up one more step because the match against Talleres de Córdoba is pending, due to that accident 10 days ago, when a truck collided with the bus that began the rojiblanco’s trip to the neighboring province.
Marabel arrived 15 days ago, only this week she was enabled and entered 16 minutes into the complement by Peralta Bauer. On the second occasion he faced Burián, the debutant put his stamp on it. And he turned around a result that reflects the compact work that has been consolidating the work of the Uruguayan Gustavo Munúa. “The authorization was quite a mess, but luckily it was possible… I come to pay with goals; I want all the balls I touch to go inside. I am very happy for my debut, the people of Unión received me very well and they deserve the best”, said Marabel, scorer of a goal with the power he showed Gabriel Batistuta, when the match ended.
It is true that Vélez came to Santa Fe with an alternative team thinking about the revenge with Talleres for the Copa Libertadores, but he is going to regret –and a lot- what Osorio wasted when Liniers’ team was ahead and was able to close the scoring. An abuse of confidence after leaving Mele on the road distracted the final shot that went wide. The remaining minutes showed that Alexander Medina knew why he regretted that move. Vélez “forgave” Unión’s life and the tatengue took over that responsibility. From then on he showed more concentration, especially in the middle, and got closer to the opponent’s box. With the changes, the visitor was losing balance but fundamentally security in their movements. In the divided balls the rival rushed him and gained ground.
Bryan Castrillón put the 1 to 1, with the complicity of the Uruguayan Burián, and Vélez did not react. He was satisfied with the result and paid dearly for it. When he was at a disadvantage towards the end, he tried but he no longer had the strength or the football.
Vélez had hit first when he had the decision to face the game proposed by Unión. And in that initial period he was concrete: he recovered and attacked. Union lacked a final. He did what was convenient but not what was necessary. With Machuca and Castrillón, he opened the ground but he had no weight in the area. And when he generated the situations, Burián appeared to avoid equality.
After José Florentín’s goal, Vélez organized the line of midfielders better. Soñora and Julión Fernández leaned on Osorio. And behind, Godín and Insúa covered the relays. All the tatengues attempts did not have the freshness that was needed to break the defensive scheme that Vélez proposed. The difference was justified by the visitor in the attention paid to the hot zone of the midfield.
The plugin could be different, as said, but the mentality of the local team and Junior Marabel shattered the aspirations of a Vélez who left empty-handed when he could have taken everything, or almost everything.