Copa Libertadores: Huracán out after defeat to Emelec prompts Mohamed exit & Godoy Cruz boost chances with victory (VIDEO)

Days after exiting the Copa Superliga following defeat to clásico rivals San Lorenzo, hopes of progressing in the Copa Libertadores were also brought to an end and Huracán’s latest failure spelled the end for Antonio Mohamed.

Defeat to Emelec in Parque Patricios extinguised any possibility of sneaking into the last 16 and so with only two wins from 18 matches in charge, an emotional Mohamed departed.

“I apologize to the president, to the supporters, I couldn’t get through to the players and nothing worked. I’m very sad because I’m going to step aside. I think it’s the best thing for the club,” the 49-year-old said immediately after defeat.

The downward trajectory at the club since Gustavo Alfaro quit for Boca Juniors has been clear and while there has been no lack of effort from Mohamed, results haven’t improved. El Globo toiled against Emelec and forced goalkeeper Esteban Dreer into a number of saves during an even first half but were ultimately undone by their defensive fragility.

Defender Jordan Jaime heading in from a corner at one end before Dreer kept Huracán out at the other.

Chasing the game in the knowledge that with a first win in the tournament Huracán would remarkably still have a good chance of progressing, Mohamed’s side remained on top. However, allowing Bryan Angulo far too much space in the penalty area, the Emelec striker fired a hammer blow into the bottom corner with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Lucas Gamba managed to volley a stoppage time consolation but it was too late and with defeat, Huracán were out. The final game against Deportivo Lara will not even have a place in the Copa Sudamericana up for grabs and a new manager will be in charge hoping to kickstart a new era at the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó.

Huracán  1 – 2  Emelec

There was better news for Godoy Cruz though, who managed to take fate back into their own hands with victory over Sporing Cristal in Mendoza.

The generous defending of Omar Merlo gifted Godoy Cruz with two penalties late in the first half and although Juan Lucero saw the first saved by Patricio Álvarez, there was no mistake from Diego Viera, ensuring El Tomba led at the break.

Lucero would swiftly make amends for that miss after the restart, glancing a left-wing cross inside the far post and aside from one exceptional save by Roberto Ramírez, Godoy Cruz never looked like allowing that to slip.

With Olimpia already confirmed in the next round, Godoy Cruz know that victory over Universidad Concepción in Mendoza will guarantee their place in the knockout stages.

Godoy Cruz  2 – 0  Sporting Cristal


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