After creating the biggest shock in the previous round of the Copa Libertadores, Velez Sarsfield will head to Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopes on Monday for a date with Colon on matchday seven in the second phase of the Argentine Primera Division.
Sabale suffered a heartbreaking exit in the round of 16 of that competition on Wednesday, conceding twice in the second half at home to Talleres Cordoba, falling 3-1 on aggregate, while Sarsfield are winless on the road in this phase of the campaign.
A 24-year wait for fans of Colon to see their beloved team host a knockout match at home in the Libertadores did not go nearly as well as they had hoped.
From the opening whistle, the players struggled to settle into a solid rhythm, failing to register a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, and now without a goal in their last two home games in all competitions.
Colon made great strides domestically a season ago, finishing the campaign in fourth after a pair of seasons near the bottom of the table.
Coming off a season in which they captured their first trophy in over 50 years, winning the 2021 Copa de la Liga Professional, Julio Cesar Falcioni was hired to keep that momentum going.
Lately, the season has hit a bit of a rough patch for them domestically, and their scoring has dried up as well, losing three consecutive contests by a 1-0 score.
While they have not done much to hurt their chances of winning these tight games, Sabalero have not produced enough in the attack to merit a victory either, scoring the third-fewest goals to date in the second phase (four).
In one of the most intimidating environments that South America has to offer, Velez Sarsfield held their own, showing discipline and a solid commitment to team defence, drawing the second leg of their Libertadores tie 0-0 at El Monumental, stunning River Plate 1-0 on aggregate.
After a triumph like that, Alexander Medina now has the task of ensuring that his players’ egos do not get too big as they face a side who sit just two points behind them in the aggregate table.
El Fortin do not take a lot of risks going forward, but when they can find an early breakthrough, it is challenging to find a way past them, with Sarsfield unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions in which they have tallied first, collecting four clean sheets over that time.
On the flip side, they have not won a game in this phase of the competition when conceding the opener, failing to score in two of their last three games in that scenario.
Interestingly the more possession El Fortin have had of late, the less successful they have been, without a win in four of their last five matches in all competitions when having a higher percentage of the ball than their opponents, and failing to score in three of those encounters.
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We say: Colon 0-0 Velez Sarsfield
Earlier this week, one of these sides experienced quite the emotional high, while the other went through a massive low, and with little time for either to recuperate from that kind of intensity, we expect this match to be a stagnant one between two teams who could be low on energy, while they are both average at best when it comes to attacking quality.