A penalty brace from Kris Peterson and a stunning free-kick were enough to see Liverpool pick up their first win of the 2014 Copa Chivas International Scotiabank and move up to 2nd in Group B after defeating Peruvian side Universidad Católica 3-1 on Wednesday 28th January. It was a sense of de ja vu for Alex Inglethorpe’s side as they again played at the San Rafael and it was another 9:30am local time kick-off. As you know after yesterday’s match report, the young Reds drew 2-2 with Monarcos Morelia of Mexico. Católica also played a Mexican side in their first game, but had better fortunes as they thrashed Club Tijuana 4-1 thanks to a brace from forward Carlos Rodriguez meaning the game was set up to be a very good contest. This wasn’t the case however, as Liverpool comfortably won 3-1.

Result

LFC 3 (Phillips 13’, Peterson 20’ (p), 45’ (p)) – 1 Universidad Católica (Correa 27’)

First Half

The game started off as an ever contest with both teams looking to dominate possession and therefore dictate the tempo and intensity of the game. However, it was Liverpool who just edged ahead and as a result got the first goal of the game through 16 year old Adam Phillips. Phillips’ long range free-kick went straight through the Católica wall and beat goalkeeper Sergio Lemus as the ball flashed into the bottom right hand corner. Moments later, whilst the Peruvians were still trying to regroup, the Reds almost doubled their lead when Cameron Brannagan poked it past Lemus but Católica captain Guillermo Maripan somehow managed to get back and clear it off the line, a huge wake-up call for the home side.

Despite this call, the visitors doubled their lead after Kris Peterson ran over half of the pitch only for it to be ended by a late challenge from Maripan which resulted in a Liverpool penalty. The Swedish winger picked himself up and sent Lemus the wrong way to double the Reds’ tally in the 20th minute.

Just 7 minutes later, Católica got a goal back when Bernardo Correa controlled the ball on the edge of the box before firing it past Ryan Crump, as the half ended with Alex Inglethorpe’s side in pole position to pick up their first win of the tournament.

Second Half

Católica started the game with more tempo and intensity than Liverpool, but despite this their execution was poor meaning that even though the Reds sat back, they created more clear-cut chances. In the 45th minute, the Maripan and Lemus partnership was soon back in action, but not as efficient as before. This time, it was Kris Peterson who was again denied a goalscoring opportunity after chipping it over Lemus only to be denied by the hand of the Andean captain. He was inevitably sent off as Peterson got his deserved brace when he sent the ball to Lemus’ right from 12 yards out. This gave the Swede his third goal of the tournament and 10 in all competitions this season.

Católica desperately looked for more goals and knew they were proven goalscorers having scored 4 goals in their opening game. However, Liverpool defended intelligently and counter attacked well to ensure they won their first game of the tournament.

The Reds are now second in the table only bettered by the Columbian national side who have a better goal difference than the Under 19s. The defeat leaves Católica third in the table with 3 points.

Next Fixture

Liverpool face 4th placed Club Tijuana at a different venue and a different kick-off time in the form of the Iteso stadium at 12pm. Católica face a tougher test as they play top of the table Columbia at Verde Valle in a 9:30am kick-off.

As you may know, these games have already happened, but there will be match reports from all of Liverpool’s games exclusively on my blog and I doubt they will be covered elsewhere so keep an eye out on my blog in the coming days for match reports from every single Liverpool Under 19s game in the tournament.

Thanks for reading this match report and if you have any questions, be sure to tweet and follow me @ScottTaylorUK and I’ll respond if I can answer your question. See you tomorrow for a match report for the Club Tijuana game, only on http://www.thenextgenkopites.wordpress.com

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