Santos faces Defensa y Justicia to try to guarantee a better general campaign in Libertadores


This Tuesday, at 7:15 pm (BrasĂ­lia time), Santos and Defensa y Justicia-ARG face off on Vila Belmiro’s lawn for the closing of the group stage of Liberators cup. While Peixe tries to guarantee first place in the overall classification, Hawk seeks to confirm the place in the competition knockout.

Already ranked, Alvinegro Praiano has 13 points won in five games and leads Group G. To stay with the best overall campaign in the first phase, the team led by Cuca needs to cheer for a stumble by Palmeiras, who has the same score, but takes wide advantage in the goal difference (10 to 4).

After Saturday’s victory over Coritiba, for the Brazilian Championship, the Santos commander stated that he is going with maximum strength for the confrontation and highlighted the advantage that Peixe can achieve in deciding the confrontations at home in the next phases.

“It is total strength, a decisive game for Defensa y Justicia, Delfin and Olimpia. And for us it can lead us to the first or second best of the competition. And we can send games at home. We cannot give up that. In 2013 at AtlĂ©tico-MG we always decided at home and we were the best. We will try again, I play hard on Tuesday “, he declared.

Lucas Veríssimo, Alison and Marinho are doubts, as well as Soteldo, who is in advanced negotiation with Al Hilal, but you can still stay in the fish. Pará, suspended in Curitiba, returns. Defender Laércio, who has started in the last two games, has not yet signed up for Libertadores.

Defensa y Justicia, in turn, occupies the second position of the bracket with six points, just one more than the third placed Olimpia-PAR and two more than the lantern DelfĂ­n-EQU. A setback against Santos could mean the elimination of the Argentines in the continental tournament, depending on the result of the duel between Paraguayans and Ecuadorians.


Local: Vila Belmiro, in Santos (SP)
Data: October 20, 2020, Tuesday
Schedule: 19h15 (from BrasĂ­lia)
Referee: Leodán González (URU)
Assistants: Richard Trinidad (URU) and Nicolás Taran (URU)

SANTOS: João Paulo; Pará, Luiz Felipe, Luan Peres and Felipe Jonatan; Diego Pituca, Jobson and Jean Mota; Lucas Braga (Madson), Soteldo (Arthur Gomes) and Kaio Jorge.
Technical: Cuca

DEFENSE AND JUSTICE: Unsain; Martinez, Rodriguez, and Breitenbruch; Acevedo, Benítez, Fernández, Duarte and Rius; Hachen and Romero.
Technical: Hernan Crespo

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