The Copa Sudamericana does not rest. Certain the 16 inhabitants of the round of 16, that body begins tonight with a duel of Buenos Aires. In Florencio Varela Defense and Justice Banfield receive Tuesday from 7.30 pm as part of a weekly program that will be continued tomorrow with San Lorenzo-Nacional (Uruguay) and Liga de Quito-Deportivo Cali. He will lead Alexis Herrera (Venezuela) and broadcast Fox Sports.
Defensa and Banfield are looking for the first time to the quarterfinals of this tournament that Varela's team plays for the second time, after having dropped in the second round against the Brazilian Chapecoense last year. Banfield reached the eighth in 2010, when he was eliminated by the Colombian Deportes Tolima.
In this season Defense comes from leaving the road in the second round of the Ecuadorians of El Nacional, who defeated 2-0 and after a wide dominance at home and then fell 1-0, not without suffering, in Quito, at 2800 meter height.
The same road ran across Banfield, who first lost 1-0 to the Boston River in Uruguay and then won 2-0 in the rematch.
Again led by Sebastián Beccacece, former assistant to Jorge Sampaoli in the national team, Defensa has a style that gives priority to perseverance and familiarity. The other side is the Banfield of Julio Falcioni, whose teams tend to be smart, ordered and counter-attack.
While Defensa started the Superleague with two draws, Banfield fell in Rosario and defeated Gimnasia.
The winner of this key can expect another Argentinian: Columbus, if he exceeds Junior from Barranquilla. ■