It was a historic evening in the Estadio Monumental José Fierro on Tuesday evening as Atlético Tucumán made their debut in continental competition but despite David Barbona putting El Decano ahead with a little over ten minutes remaining, Ecuadorian club El Nacional salvaged a first leg draw.
The atmosphere was already electric but the home supporters didn’t need to wait long for a real reason to cheer when with less than two minutes on the clock, Luis Rodríguez’s long range free kick was helped into the net by Fernando Zampedri.
Both sides had chances and Atlético will feel they should have had a penalty but before half time a simple long throw into the penalty area allowed Félix Borja to head El Nacional level.
Pablo Lavallén’s side continued to push forward in order to try and take an advantage to Quito and in the 78th minute Barbona volleyed the second from close range.
However, a towering header by Bryan de Jesús brought the visitors level for the second time and earned Los Puros Criollos an invaluable draw away from home.
With a place in the third round of Copa Libertadores qualification, Atlético Tucumán need a positive result when they meet again next week in Quito.
Atlético Tucumán 2 – 2 El Nacional