Independiente knew coming into tonight's Copa Libertadores fixture knowing that only a win would do at home against LDU Quito. For a long period of time, it appeared that they were going to get that win, but an own goal changed their fortunes in a cruel twist of fate. When the final whistle blew, the scoreboard read 1-1, full time. Now, Independiente are all but out. Only a three goal win over Peñarol combined with a draw between LDU Quito and Godoy Cruz in the final round can save them. As he walked off the field, Independiente manager Antonio Mohamed looked like more than just a defeated man - he looked like a man who knew he was about to lose his job.
Independiente were the better team throughout the match and it looked like their 23rd minute penalty kick would be enough to seal the victory, even if they should have scored more than once, but an own goal that some outlets are still crediting to LDU Quito striker Hernan Barcos tied the score at 1-1. Independiente had plenty of chances to win, including a couple of shots that hit the woodwork, but in the end they were unable to score. They now need a miracle to qualify, and Mohamed may need a miracle to keep his job for an extended period of time.