Everything was ready to meet the first champion of the year. In the absence of San Martín – Municipal (to be played today, Monday 27, at 3:30 pm in the Monumental), the Opening Tournament He entered his last stage, the definition stage, that attractive part that the fan likes. There is only one date left that will be played this weekend and will have a provincial club as the new winner: Melgar either Sport Huancayo.
After an extraordinary campaign led by the Argentine Nestor Lawrencewho will direct the Colombian team once the contest is over, the rojinegros are leaders with 40 points in 17 dates (13 wins, one draw and three losses). An iron defense has been his greatest strength (he is the least beaten with 11 goals against).
Melgar, in addition to fighting for League 1, will play the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana after finishing first in a group they shared with Racing from Argentina, Cuiaba from Brazil and River Plate From Uruguay. This Wednesday, June 29, they will visit Deportivo Cali in Colombia for the first leg. The return will be on July 6 in Arequipa.
Sport Huancayo It is the other team that has -remote- chances of winning the Apertura. After defeating Universitariothose led by Carlos Desio are second with 37 points, three points behind Melgar, thanks to their 11 wins, four draws and just two losses.
The context is written. The clubs are ready. Therefore, below we answer five questions about the League 1 and its definition. The Apertura, the Clausura, the transfer market, the play-offs and everything you need to know.
How is the Opening Tournament defined?
According to the bases of League 1, there are four criteria to take into account if two clubs are equal in points in the standings: 1) Greater goal difference, 2) Greater amount of goals in favor, 3) Fair Play, that is to say, that the clubs start with 500 points which are reduced by cards received, either to the players or coaching staff; Y 4) Draw by the League.
Right now, Melgar He has 40 points, +12 difference and 23 goals in favor. For its part, Huancayo He has 37 units, +16 difference and 32 goals in favor. On the last date, Arequipeños visit the difficult Athletic Alliance in Sullana and the huancaínos will do the same before the irregular Sports Boys.
Melgar You only need a draw to win. However, if he loses, his situation could be complicated since he is surpassed by Sport Huancayo -they must win yes or yes- in the two items that League 1 had to define the winner.
|Melgar’s scenarios |
40 points, 23 GF, +12 HD
|win||Champion without expecting anything|
|tie||Champion without expecting anything|
|Misses||You must hope that S. Huancayo does not win to be champion|
|The scenarios of S. Huancayo|
37 Points, 32 GF, +16 HD.
|win||Wait for Melgar to lose to be champion of the Opening|
The particularity of the regulation is the last criterion. In the event that both clubs were equal in everything, even in “Fair Play”, the FPF Professional Football League; that is, the organizing entity must draw who is the champion. The contest could be defined outside the courts. Something unusual.
The winner of the Apertura will qualify for the play-offs, as long as it is among the top eight of the accumulated, the position table that unites the points of the year. “In the event that it fails to place itself within these positions, the club will lose the right to qualify for the play-offs”say the bases.
|This is how the Opening champion is defined|
(in case of equality of points)
|1.- Greater goal difference||If they tie…|
|2.- Greater amount||If they tie…|
|3.- Fair Play||If they tie…|
|4.- Draw by the League||There are no more instances.|
Clausura: When does it start, how is it defined and how is the transfer market going?
The Closing Tournament basically defined as the Opening. The important thing now is to know when it starts. According to the League 1 schedule, the second tournament of the year will start on July 9, just a week after the Apertura ended, and is scheduled to end in October. This is because a possible qualification of Peru to the Qatar 2022 World Cup was in mind. Sporting Cristal and Sport Huancayo will be in charge of opening the championship at the Alberto Gallardo stadium, while Alianza Lima will visit Grau and Universitario will receive Cantolao at the Monumental .
One of the most anticipated meetings is the Sporting Cristal vs. Lima Alliance which is scheduled for Sunday, July 31, at the Gallardo, as part of the fifth day. On the 10th the classic between intimates and creams will take place, although there is still no confirmed day or time.
As for the transfer market, the big three have not yet made contracts. Although Alliance (Edgar Benitez due to termination of contract) and University (rafael guarderas on loan to Alianza Atlético and Robert Villamarin by rescission of link) have already submitted casualties.
The intimates could make official in the next few days Pablo Hurtado. In addition, they are looking for a foreign player to take the place of ‘Pájaro’ Benítez. For its part, the ‘U’ has as its new coach Carlos Compagnucci; and Cristal would have the Panamanian in her sights Gabriel Torres as next ‘9′.
The transfer market in Peruvian soccer opened on June 13 and will close on July 10, the same day that the first day of the Clausura will be played.
|This is how the pass market goes|
of the big three
|Lima Alliance||–||Edgar Benitez||Pablo Hurtado|
|academic||Carlos Compagnucci (DT)||rafael guarderas|
|Sporting Crystal||–||Jhon Jairo Mosquera||Gabriel Torres|
Jhilmar Lora (exit)
Christofer Gonzales (start)
How are the play-offs defined?
The play-offs will be played with the single elimination system in round-trip matches; that is, the semifinals and finals, if any. And it is that, according to the bases, if a club wins the Apertura and the Clausura they will be proclaimed national champion without the need to dispute a definition. The last team to follow that path was Alianza Lima in 2017.
If the Apertura and Clausura had two different winners, then the semifinals would be played. Of course, these two clubs must finish within the first 8 of the accumulated. To them will be added those who finish in first and second position of the accumulated. The keys will be closed between the one with the highest score against the one with the lowest score, and the one with the second best position against the one that remains.
However, if the winner of the Apertura or Clausura finish in the first or second position of the final table, they would go directly to the final, and only open one semifinal: between the other champion vs. the other best placed in the accumulated. Likewise, if the winners finish in the first and second boxes of the accumulated -regardless of the order- only the grand final will be played.
In any of the two instances -semi-finals or the grand final-, two games will be played (round trip). If equality persists after both matches, the team with the greater goal difference will be declared the winner. And if they continue tied, everything will be defined by the penalty shootout.
How will the quotas be given to the Libertadores and Sudamericana?
Regarding the tickets granted by League 1 to the international tournaments -Libertadores and Sudamericana-, everything is divided as follows:
- Peru 1 Libertadores: National Champion of the Betsson League 1 2022.
- Peru 2 Libertadores: National Runner-up of the Betsson League 1 2022.
- Peru 3 Libertadores: Third Place in Liga1 Betsson 2022.
- Peru 4 Libertadores: Fourth Place in Liga1 Betsson 2022.
- Peru 1 South American: Fifth Place in Liga1 Betsson 2022.
- Peru 2 South American: Sixth Place in Liga1 Betsson 2022.
- Peru 3 South American: Seventh Place in Liga1 Betsson 2022.
- Peru 4 South American: Champion of the 2022 Bicentennial Cup.
On the other hand, if the champion of the Bicentennial Cup obtains a place in the league that allows him to access one of the international tournaments, his place as Peru 4 in the South American will be awarded to the eighth place in the accumulated table.
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