Cuenca and Fluminense to play for spot in Copa Sudamericana quarterfinals

    19 de septiembre de 2018

    Guayaquil, Ecuador, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- Ecuador's Deportivo Cuenca and Brazil's Fluminense will meet later this week at Rodrigo Paz Stadium in Quito in the Copa Sudamericana round of 16, with the winner of the series booking a spot in the quarterfinals.

    The first leg of the series is being played in Quito on Thursday because Cuenca's stadium did not meet the standards of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's secondary club tournament.

    Alejandro Serrano Stadium does not have the minimum seating capacity of 20,000 required by the South American Soccer Confederation (CSF) for tournament venues.

    About 3,000 fans, however, plan to travel to Ecuador's capital to cheer on Deportivo Cuenca, which has played unevenly in the domestic league, compiling a record of 3-4-3.

    Deportivo Cuenca currently sits in seventh place in the 12-club Serie A.

    The Ecuadorian club will be without one of its top players, Argentine defender Brian Cucco, who is injured.

    Fluminense, for its part, is in 10th place in the 20-club Brazilian Championship and is coming off a 3-1 loss at the hands of Atletico Paranaense.

    Pedro, Fluminense's top scorer, and Dodi will not be on the field Thursday due to injuries.

    In the first phase of the tournament, Deportivo Cuenca eliminated Paraguay's Sportivo Luqueño, while Fluminense took out Bolivia's Nacional Potosi.

    Cuenca sent Bolivia's Wilstermann packing and Fluminense eliminated Uruguay's Defensor Sporting in the tournament's second phase.

    The second leg of the round of 16 series will be played on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.