Both Huracán and Peñarol thought they had snatched victory in the final minute of their Copa Libertadores group four match in Parque Patricios only for Ecuadorian referee, Omar Ponce to disallow both efforts. El Globo will certainly feel they should have won the game aside from Daniel Montenegro’s ruled out effort after playing against ten men since the 22nd minute. However, a share of the points leaves Huracán on the brink of qualification regardless after Sporting Cristal’s defeat to group winners Atlético Nacional.
Should by some stroke of bad luck, Huracán not progress to the knockout stages of this year’s Copa Libertadores, Eduardo Domínguez will certainly look back on this match with Peñarol and rue a missed opportunity. Marcos Días referred to the referee as a thief at full time but in truth the home side should have been ahead well before the closing stages after the Uruguayan’s had Nahitan Nández sent off midway through the first half.
The game’s major talking points came in stoppage time when Daniel Montenegro sent the Tomás Ducó into rapture momentarily. His long range effort whistled past Gastón Guruceaga but celebration was cut short when Ponce ruled that Ramón Ábila, in an offside position, had interfered with play.
While the home side still fumed, Peñarol had the ball in the net when Guruceaga went up for a corner and managed to get his head on the ball ahead of his opposite number Marcos Díaz.
When the full time whistle blew both sets of players surrounded Ponce as the point eliminated Peñarol and left Huracán unsure of their progression. Atlético Nacional maintaining their 100% record means that it would take a Huracán defeat, a Sporting Cristal win and a swing in the goal difference for El Globo not to be in the last 16.
Huracán 0 – 0 Peñarol