Former Copa Sudamericana champions LDU Quito have qualified for the 2013 edition after finishing second in Ecuador’s Primera A first stage.
LDU Quito won 2-1 away to Universidad Catolica on Sunday to wrap up second position in the Primera A’s first stage, securing a berth in this year’s Copa Sudamericana, as did Independiente, who thumped Manta 3-0 to claim third spot.
Independiente and LDU’s victories in the final round ensured they stayed ahead of Deportivo Quito and Barcelona on the Ecuadorian league standings.
At Universidad Catolica’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, LDU – Copa Sudamericana champions in 2011 – hit the front in the 19th minute when Francisco Rojas burst through the middle of the home side’s defence, played a one-two with Carlos Arboleda and finished into the bottom corner.
While Catolica equalised with three minutes left in the first half thanks to Federico Laurito’s fine strike on the turn from Elvis Patta’s right-wing cross, LDU wrapped up victory just after half-time when Carlos Feraud thumped the ball home from the edge of the box.
Emelec, who had already secured the title as first-stage champions, celebrated their success with a scoreless draw away to bottom club Macara, while Independiente qualified for South America’s second-tier continental tournament with three second-half strikes against Manta.
Daniel Angulo gave Independiente the lead in the 46th minute before Armando Solis made it 2-0 five minutes later, while Fernando Guerrero wrapped up the scoring with a 72nd-minute goal.
In other Primera A results, Barcelona defeated Deportivo Quevedo 2-0, Deportivo Cuenca drew 1-1 with El Nacional and Deportivo Quito triumphed 2-0 over LDU Loja.