Sporting Cristal vs Barcelona for the Conmebol Copa Libertadores match on Friday at Alejandro Villanueva Stadium.
Sporting Cristal and Barcelona will meet in the second leg of the second round of the Copa Libertadores de América. Almost everything is decided for the team from Ecuador, who achieved victory at home last week with a 4-0.
One point in favor of the team is that it can play with the public. Sometimes the public’s presence was in doubt, as the Sporting Cristal stadium was not allowed to do so.
Despite the good news, the team will have difficulties to advance to the next stage of the Libertadores Cup, as it needs to score five goals and not receive any from Barcelona.
With four goals, Sporting Cristal could force the definition with the penalty shoot out.
The last time Sporting Cristal scored more than four goals was on November 10, 2018, when it beat Sport Rosario 0 to 8, but on that occasion, it was in the local league of Perú.
At Libertadores, the team has not scored more than four goals since 1995, when they beat Caracas 6-3. That same year, it also beat Jorge Wilstermann 7-0 at home. But many years have passed since those games.
The team is having fun. Its three games in 2020 were victories. It beat Progeso in the Libertadores Cup with an overall result of 5 to 1 and is on its way to eliminate Sporting Cristal.
All the team needs to do is to manage the victory well. With one goal, it would practically doom everything. So far, it has scored in its three games of 2020, and the defense has responded in the best possible way.
Barcelona should have no problems to advance to the next stage of the Libertadores Cup. The most exciting market in this match should be the goals.
Sporting Cristal will do everything possible to score a goal that makes them dream of going on and, indeed, Barcelona will have some chance against the rival for the offensive proposal of the home team.