At the close of date 19 of the Apertura, Nacional rescued a great victory from its visit to Sportivo Luqueño, which it beat on Monday 1-0 despite playing almost the entire second half with 10 players.
The Feliciano Cáceres stadium hosted the last match of the 19th round of the tournament, with two teams facing each other in search of finding victory again.
The first stage was lived with a considerable parity in the intentions to hit in attack, although the situations were not many and not very important. Likewise, possession of the ball was quite divided in that period.
In the complementary, sebastian vargas He starred in a couple of actions very close in time that led to his expulsion for double reprimand (55′ and 56′). Thus, the Academy was left with a man less on the field with a large number of minutes ahead.
Auriazul, instead of taking advantage of the numerical advantage on the field of play, seemed to get stuck in their approaches to the tricolor area, and despite controlling the movement of the ball in that second chapter, they completely lacked ideas when it came to defining , or even approach the goalkeeper Héctor Espínola, who did not need more than the occasional intervention without major complications.
While those led by Gustavo Florentin did not hurt, the pupils of Peter Sarabia They made a sure hit.
At 86′, Mathias Martinez He sent the ball in with a shot that was not very powerful but well crossed, which overcame Gonzalo Falcón’s stretch and struck the home goal.
The zero is broken in Luque, Mathías Martínez puts the advantage to @clubnacionalpy!
– Tigo Sports (@TigoSportsPY) May 23, 2023
So, National took valuable three points to reach 27 and jump to 5th place in the championship, while luqueno He suffered a brake again and, with 23 points, he stagnates in the 8th step of the Apertura Tournament, in addition to burning his margin above the delicate zone of the averages.