La Equidad vs Deportivo Santani, Wednesday’s matchup for the first leg of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.
After seven games without being able to win, La Equidad imposed the field command and beat Bucaramanga by 3 to 1 in the twentieth – last – round of the qualifying phase of the Apertura Tournament of the Águila League, the first round of the Colombian Championship.
It was, however, too late to reverse its elimination. With 22 points, they finished in the sixteenth position among the 20 participants.
As the home team, La Equidad achieved a superior performance. They were the fourteenth best team playing at home.
Out of the 30 points that were disputed in their stadium, they won 14, having scored 13 goals and conceded 10.
The positive side effect of the early elimination was they the team had more than two weeks free for the preparation aimed at the confrontation this Wednesday.
The match with Bucaramanga took place on May 5. Since then, La Equidad has had no official commitments to fulfil.
In the South American Cup, the team also had a Paraguayan team as rival in the first phase. They faced the Independiente, who plays for their country’s second division, and needed a penalty shootout to survive after two scoreless draws.
Deportivo Santani had a game on Friday, May 17, their match counting for the twenty-second – final – round of the Opening Tournament of the Paraguayan Championship.
They lost at home to Libertad, final score of 3-0. It was the team’s fourth straight loss.
The period without successes is even greater. Deportivo Santani’s most recent victory came almost a month ago on April 21, when they beat San Lorenzo, 1-0, at home.
Since then, they won two games and had four losses. With 13 points, Deportivo Santani ended their participation in the Apertura Tournament on the twelfth – last place – on the leaderboard.
Both teams are among the tournament’s technically weakest. The home factor makes the prediction lean towards the victory of La Equidad over Deportivo Santani, as the most suitable for Wednesday’s matchup for the first leg of the second phase of the South American Cup.