Lima, Aug 1 (EFE) .- A goal by the Japanese forward from Deportivo Municipal de Lima Masakatsu Sawa allowed his team to tie this Saturday 1-1 against Alianza Lima and embitter the debut of Chilean coach Mario Salas on the bench of the Blue and Whites’ team .
The 37-year-old Japanese scored the equalizer in the game’s extended time when Alianza was almost taking the win almost 55 minutes after the goal by Peruvian striker Gonzalo Sánchez.
The match was played without an audience at the Alejandro Villanueva stadium, the home of Alianza, and served both teams in preparation for the return of the Peruvian league next weekend.
It was also a test of all the protocols and security measures that the teams must follow to avoid contagion on game days.
At the end of the match, Salas played down the tie as he considered that his team deserved to win “extensively”, which left him satisfied for the return of the competition.
“I try to ignore the result because it does not fit at all with what was seen in the match. Our second half of ours was very good. This is how we want to see Alianza Lima,” said Salas.
“It leaves us with a sweeter than bitter taste. We must continue working so that the players maintain this for 90 minutes and understand that we must try to make a greater difference if the occasion arises,” he added.
The Chilean striker Patricio Rubio, brand new signing of the Alliance, who can make his debut next week against the Binational, reigning national champion of Peru, who will be the rival of the Blue and Whites in the return of the local tournament, did not participate in this meeting.
Alianza was not the only team that tested its level before returning to the competition, and this Saturday Universitario and Sporting Cristal, the other two great Peruvian soccer clubs, also did the same.
The ‘U’ obtained the 3-2 victory against Sport Boys, in what was the first meeting of the third stage of the Argentine coach Ángel Comizzo at the head of the cream team, which reserved for holders like Colombian midfielder Donald Millán and Panamanian right wing Alberto Quintero.
For his part, Cristal beat Cantolao 2-0 with goals from defender Christian Ramos and striker José Manzaneda, who scored his former team.
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