In the first-leg of this round-of-16 Copa Libertadores match, Deportivo Tachira will host Pumas UNAM this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (5:45 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo in Venezuela. The winner of this series will face the winner between Independiente del Valle and River Plate (ARG) in the quarterfinals.
Deportivo Tachira will have a very difficult opponent this Tuesday night as they host one of the best teams thus far into this Libertadores tournament. Nonetheless, the team coached by Carlos Maldonado will attempt to earn a win which will allow them to visit Mexico City in good shape for the second-leg. The ‘aurinegros’ finished the group stages ranked 15th (out of 16) after earning second place in Group 7 behind Pumas. Therefore, Tachira and Pumas will face each other for the third time in this competition where each side won one in the previous two games.
Pumas of UNAM understands that their visit into Venezuela will be a difficult one as they already lost in their previous visit against Tachira last March 9 during the group stages. Coach Guillermo Vazquez will most likely style tactics based on caution and some counter-attacking, yet they are highly favored to win the series.
The Tachira vs Pumas match will be televised on Fox Deportes at 5:45 PM Pacific.