Winston Reátegui has expressed his opinion on the Paraguayan defender’s entry on the Panamanian striker in the classic match. Universitario de Deportes achieved a crucial victory against Alianza Lima in a match corresponding to matchday 3 of the Apertura Tournament of Liga 1 2024. The National Stadium of Lima witnessed an important positive result from the ‘creams’, who remain undefeated in the first competition of the season. The match had several condiments, with various cards, controversial actions, etc. One action that has been giving something to talk about was the one that Williams Riveros starred in with Cecilio Waterman, in which a foul on the part of the Paraguayan defender in his own area is claimed.
The play took place 50 minutes into the contest. The ‘merengues’ had the score in their favor thanks to Andy Polo’s great goal after a remarkable combination of passes. The ‘blue and white’ advanced their lines and turned to the opposite field to achieve the tie. The Panamanian striker took the spherical and was inserted into the rival area with pure power. However, the Paraguayan defender entered in a violent manner and collapsed the Central American, who was left lying on the grass with signs of pain.
The Alianza Lima footballers demanded that the penalty be sanctioned, but the referee Diego Haro, who was advised by the VAR, let it continue and took a corner kick. Winston Reátegui, former FIFA referee, expressed his opinion and was categorical in saying that the action played by Williams Riveros and Cecilio Waterman should have ended with the maximum penalty, leaving a direct message towards Diego Haro and the video arbitration system.
Reátegui explained that the Universitario defender never sought the ball and that, on the contrary, the Alianza Lima attacker had taken precedence over the position. He also denied that both players had an impact on each other. If this controversial action was sanctioned as a penalty, Alianza Lima could have had a great opportunity to achieve parity and, perhaps, go in search of victory.
The match was disputed and with two players sent off by the ‘intimates’: Jiovany Ramos and Franco Saravia. Both will miss their team’s next duel against Unión Comercio on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.
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