Barcelona steal top spot from Independiente on last day

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Deportivo Quito   3 – 0   Macará

Técnico Universitario    1 – 2        El Nacional

     Liga de Quito                    2 – 0          Manta F.C.

Deportivo Cuenca              1 – 0             Barcelona

                                 Emelec          5 – 0                      Olmedo

                                Liga de Loja     0 – 0      Independiente 

The first stage or “etape” of the Ecuadorian Serie A was wrapped up on Sunday with Barcelona claiming top spot. In a dramatic last weekend the Guayaquil giants actually lost away to Deportivo Cuenca 1 – 0 however won the first stage of the Championship due to a superior goal difference.

Liga de Loja finished with the same points total but with an inferior goal difference of 11 and had to settle for the runner-up spot. Considering they were only promoted last year and have fraction of the bigger teams resources Loja can be mightily pleases with their position despite the last day heartbreak (especially as they gained Copa Sudamericana qualification).

The real last day losers were Independiente Jose Teran who were pipped both for the title and a Sudamericana place. The provincial team from Sangloqui had led the table for the majority of the “etape” but were leapfrogged by Barcelona, Loja and Emelec after Sunday’s games.

Again despite finishing the league equal with Emelec they were bumped to 4rth as a result of an inferior goal-difference. This wasn’t helped by Emelec thumping Olmedo, 5 – 0.

The league now moves into the 2nd stage which will be the same format as before. At the end of this term the two stage winners will play-off for the total championship.

The 1st stage has been fairly disastrous for the Quito teams with Liga de Quito, Deportivo Quito and El Nacional finishing 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Deportivo have already made moves in the transfer market in order to retain their championship and Liga have also brought in new faces but Nacional have still to invest.

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As stage winners Barcelona qualify for both the Copa Libertadores (which has recently finished for this year) and the Copa Sudamericana . Liga de Loja and Emelec qualify for the Copa Sudamericana along with Deportivo Quito who qualify as the winners of last season’s second stage(starting at the end of July).

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                Draw for Copa Sudamericana

Barcelona vs Deportivo Tachira (Venezuela)

Liga de Loja vs Monagas (Venezuela)

Emelec vs Universidad de San Marin (Peru)

Deportivo Quito vs Leon de Huanuco (Peru)

Independiente lose top spot to Barcelona

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Independiente Jose Teran lost at home to Deportivo Cuenca yesterday to damage their championship hopes and hand the ascendancy to Barcelona. The Guayaquil giants have been relentlessly pursuing Independiente for several weeks without taking 1st spot but their 3 -0 win combined with Independiente’s loss awarded them 1st position.

While Independiente benefited from a late winner last week they had to suffer the same punishment against Cuenca who prolonged their excellent away win record courtesy of a Walter Chalá strike in the 83rd minute. It was tough luck for the Sangolqui side as they had enjoyed the bulk of possession but failed to capitalise on their dominance.

Results for week 21

 

OLMEDO                     2 – 0           LIGA DE QUITO

BARCELONA                  3 – 0      TEC.UNIVERSITARIO

MACARA             0 –2              EMELEC

MANTA FC                    1 – 2      DEPORTIVO QUITO

INDEPENDIENTE                  1 – 2         DEPORTIVO CUENCA

 EL NACIONAL               1  – 3              LIGA DE LOJA

 

 

Liga de Loja continued their surprise championship challenge by hammering El Nacional in the Atahaulpa. Brazilian striker, Renato was in sparkling form and grabbed a 2nd half hat-trick for Los Albos del Sur (The Whites of the South) to move his team into 2nd position.

In the face of continued criticism and talk of drinking problems within the squad Liga de Quito did nothing to deter their detractors by collapsing away to bottom place, Olmedo. The 2- 0 defeat  (Jacob Murillo and Hugo Prieto scoring) drops Liga into 6th position, 7 points behind Barcelona.

Current champions Deportivo Quito breathed life into a faltering campaign by defeating Manta 2-1 which in turn boosts their position to 6th. Deportivo will face Leon Huanuco (PERU) in the coming Copa Sudamerica and have to recapture last year’s form if they want to ensure International competition.

Upon reaching the end of this term’s fixtures the league will start again in a double round-robin format and continue till December. The winners of each stage term will play off to become champion with the rest vying for Copa Libertadores and Sudamerican spots. As it stands the top 3 teams will qualify for the Sudamericana (along with Deportivo Quito) while the first term champions will qualify for the Copa Libertadores.

Pos      Team                Pnt.

1          BARCELONA   38

2          LDU  LOJA       37

3          INDEP. JT        36

4          EMELEC           34

5          D.CUENCA      33

6          LDU QUITO     31

7          SDQUITO         28

8          MANTA FC      27

                                                                                                                 9          NATIONAL      26

10         MACARA        21

11        TECHNICAL U. 18

12        OLMEDO         14