Angulo gives Independiente edge over Pumas in Libertadores quarters

Quito, May 18 (IANS) Jose Angulo scored either side of halftime to fire Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle to a 2-1 victory over Pumas UNAM of Mexico in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores quarter-final.

The 21-year-old striker opened the scoring by controlling Junior Sornoza’s floating diagonal pass with his chest before firing a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Miguel Palacios on Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

He doubled the hosts’ lead just before the hour mark at the Estadio Olimpico by heading in Luis Ayala’s cross.

Second-half substitute Fidel Martinez gave his side late hope by meeting Christian Nunez’s headed cross with a powerful first-time finish with his left foot.

But Independiente held on and they need only a draw in next Tuesday’s return leg in Mexico City to progress to the semi-finals of Latin America’s top club competition.



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