ISAAC HEATH - Monday, February 15, 2010
Michael Hoyos' first start was bittersweet as Estudiantes lost a tough match against Independiente on Sunday in Libertadores de America stadium.
Hoyos, who did not make the bench in Estudiantes Copa Libertadores squad this week, found himself starting at center midfield and showed well during his 62 minutes of play, helping the visitors dominate the early portion of the match.
After Estudiantes jumped all over the home team from the start but failed to score, Federico Mancuello intercepted a pass in the midfield and played a perfect through ball to Nestor Silvera who slotted the ball past the diving Damian Albil to give Independiente a shocking 1-0 against the run of play in the 43rd minute.
Independiente came out strong in the second half and began to take over the run of play and justly grew their lead to 2-0 in the 57th minute on a goal by Dario Gandin. Silvera sent in a lobbed pass to Gandin on the far post after combining well with Ignacio Piatti, and Gandin blasted the ball in to the far post corner past a helpless Albil.
Just one minute later in the 58th minute Estudiantes cut the lead in half. Maxi Nunez rocketed a left footed shot into the top left right corner of Adrian Gabbarini's goal after receiving the ball about 35 yards out on a fortuitous bounce.
Estudiantes tied the game up at two in the 71st minute on a poor defensive clearance by the home side. Leandro Gonzalez took advantage of the poor clearance and then found Jeronimo Morales Neumann who easily beat Gabbarini for the goal.
In the 78th minute Piatti put Independiente ahead for good when he calmly settled the ball in Estudiantes' box and then placed the ball past Albil for the 3-2 victory.
Hoyos will look to build on his first start in the first division while Estudiantes will look to rebound when they take on Velez Sarsfield on the road this Friday.