Fluminense will play in a stadium that had a blackout to spoil the party of rival Alianza Lima; understand | fluminense

Fluminense will play in a stadium that had a blackout to spoil the party of rival Alianza Lima; understand | fluminense
Fluminense will play in a stadium that had a blackout to spoil the party of rival Alianza Lima; understand | fluminense
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Of the 30 thousand tickets for the match between Alianza Lima and Fluminense, 20 thousand were sold quickly and in advance. In Peru, expectations are enormous. But don’t be surprised. It’s not about facing the current champion of Conmebol Libertadores. The duel in the 1st round of the group stage is a rare opportunity for the Peruvians to be able to play at the Alejandro Villanueva Stadium, which, in theory, is banned from hosting matches until June. In theory.

Discover the Alejandro Villanueva stadium, stage of Alianza Lima x Fluminense

1 of 4 Alianza Lima Stadium in Peru — Photo: Marcello Neves
Alianza Lima Stadium in Peru — Photo: Marcello Neves

The attempt to defend itself against Alianza Lima did not “work”. Tito Ordóñez, one of the Peruvian club’s directors, went public to speak out about the incident and claimed that the decision to turn off the lights at the end of the game was an order “from the authorities”. They denied any interference. The possibility of a light spike was also ruled out because the lights were not turned on again.

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Thus, the Peruvian Football Federation reacted and imposed a harsh penalty: seven months of suspension, without the possibility of any match held at the FPF’s place of command, in addition to a fine of 99 thousand soles (around R$ 133 thousand). Since then, Alianza Lima has not entered the field in its own stadium in official games.

2 of 4 Alianza Lima Stadium in Peru — Photo: Marcello Neves
Alianza Lima Stadium in Peru — Photo: Marcello Neves

For this Wednesday’s match, the Peruvians took advantage of a “loophole” to have their stadium and audience. The punishment received only covers matches controlled by the Peruvian Federation. In other words, for the Libertadores, the control belongs to Conmebol, so the penalty does not apply. Ticket sales ended quickly for this reason.

Of course, there were pre-season friendlies, which are also not controlled by the FPF, which took place at the Alejandro Villanueva Stadium. Most recently, the victory over Club Blooming took place at the venue. In official games, however, there have been none since the fateful match against Universitario.

3 of 4 Alianza Lima Stadium in Peru — Photo: Marcello Neves
Alianza Lima Stadium in Peru — Photo: Marcello Neves

Bad lawn and traditional “cancha”

Despite not having hosted games for so long, the Estádio Alejandro Villanueva pitch is far from being in good condition. Fluminense will face an irregular field, with many flaws and, in certain parts, even uneven.

4 of 4 Alianza Lima Stadium — Photo: Marcello Neves
Alianza Lima Stadium — Photo: Marcello Neves

The Alianza Lima house has the capacity to receive around 34 thousand people, but only 30 thousand were offered for sale. Still, it can be considered a “cauldron”: the stands are very close to the pitch and the benches used by the players.

On the eve of the match, employees were still touching up the markings on the field and carrying out maintenance for the match.

Located in the La Victoria district, the neighborhood is known as “El Matute”. Security also leaves something to be desired and employees and ordinary people who passed through the area warned us about the possibility of robberies in the surrounding streets.

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