It was far from the spectacle that a clash of two South American giants promised but all of Santos’ hard work in preserving a goalless draw in Avellaneda looks like it could be undone by the Brazilians fielding an ineligible player.
Independiente were much the better side in the Copa Libertadores last 16 first leg against Santos, a club with which they share a great history in the continent’s biggest tournament, but were unable to make their superiority count in what was a scrappy encounter.
However, just as the Brazilians were celebrating a job done ahead of next week’s second leg in São Paulo, it was reported that midfielder Carlos Sánchez should have been suspended.
The recent signing from Liga MX club Monterrey was sent off for River Plate in 2015 shortly before leaving for Mexico and given a three-match suspension in CONMEBOL competitions. A 2016 amnesty saw this reduced but with one match still outstanding when Sánchez returned to the CONMEBOL region this is still in effect.
CONMEBOL | Carlos Sánchez había sido expulsado ante #Huracan vistiendo la camiseta de #River el 26/11/2015 (partido por Copa Sudamericana). Anoche jugó para el Santos en la #CopaLibertadores e #Independiente podría ganar 3-0 por mala inclusión. pic.twitter.com/TXNkHJgZ2S
— Clubes Porteños (@ClubesPortenos) August 22, 2018