Sunday, May 3, 2015

Failed but recovered – Nacional qualify for Copa 2016

Yesterday evening in the Uruguayan league saw the first big decision of the season with impact on next year’s Copa Libertadores. Montevideo’s Club Nacional have won the annual table and therefore qualified for next year’s intercontinental competition. The iconic side will also compete for the Uruguayan championship.

After a slow start to the season, that saw them around the bottom of the league and failing to qualify for the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, they picked up the pace dramatically and celebrated their fourth win in a row last night. Iván Alonso scored the decisive 1-0 goal via penalty in the 24th minute. In general, Nacional did not play the greatest game against Fénix, but did just enough to come away with the victory. And after all, that’s what matters most, right?


Ivan Alonso (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring from a penalty yesterday.

Next week has the biggest challenge of the season scheduled for Nacional. They will face archrivals Peñarol in the national stadium Centenario. If you have not done so yet, you should definitely make some time for that in your schedule, since it shapes up to be not only one of the biggest derbies in the world, but also a very important game in the title race in the Primera Division.


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