Venezuela doesn’t bring fond memories for Huracán. The last time El Globo visited for a Copa Libertadores qualifier, the squad were involved in a bus crash that left several injured and lucky to still be alive. On Wednesday evening, Juan Azconzábal’s side were on the end of a defeat to Deportivo Anzoátegui that leaves their hopes of Copa Sudamericana progression hanging by a thread.
It took eight minutes for the home side to take the lead when Charlis Ortíz waltzed through the Huracán defence to roll the ball into an empty net and matters rapidly went downhill from there.
Goalkeeper Matías Giordano conceded a penalty that was swiftly dispatched by Ricardo Martins and with only 21 minutes on the clock a defensive error by Luca Sosa allowed Néstor Canélon to rifle in a third.
Huracán’s start looked like that of a side who have seen their league season delayed and have been on an extended summer break.
The response from El Globo was good and probably warranted at least a goal but two late red cards to Nicolas Romat and Lucio Compagnucci drew to a close a disastrous evening in Puerto la Cruz.
As only South American football could do, Huracan now wait until May 31st for the second leg but need a hell of a performance in Parque Patricios to overturn the deficit.
Deportivo Anzoátegui 3 – 0 Huracán