Unión Española took the first hit in the key to the second qualifying phase of the Copa Libertadores 2021 by beating Independiente del Valle 1-0 on Tuesday, in the first leg played at the Estadio Santa Laura.It took the Spanish club to deploy good football in the redoubt of the commune of independence, mainly to the trade presented by a team accustomed to being the protagonist in the last time in the continental concert. Even the Ecuadorian cast had the best chances to break zero in the first lapse. At 7 minutes, goalkeeper Diego Sánchez was ready to beat in hand-to-hand against Cristian Ortiz.At 28′, meanwhile, Joffre Escobar won the position in the area behind a center on the right and his half-bite shot of half-turn found the good reaction of the ‘Mono’ Sanchez.The best of the homeowner in the first 45′ arrived at the dawn of the brega , specifically at 3 minutes. Good center of Marcelo Jorquera from the left sector, but Rubén Farfán did not solve well when he was in front of the archer of Independiente del Valle.At the start of the complement, specifically at 53′, the visiting painting warned thoroughly and was very close to 1-0 in the capital. First, a defender saved on the line and then, after a headbutt, the crossbar avoided opening the account. They say that what is not done in one arch becomes the other and so it happened after 56 minutes. Corner throwing from the right sector served by Ignacio Lemmo and Beder Caicedo, in their attempt to clear, put his headbutt in his own door. From then on, the painting directed by Jorge Pellicer was folded and bet on the kickback to do damage. Independent of the Valley, meanwhile, he was aware of losing the compass and no clear chances were created again in the ‘Reds’ portico. The rematch of this series on the way to the group stage of the top continental contest will be played on Tuesday, March 16 at the Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria, in Quito.The winner of this key, will face in the next phase the winner of the duels between Gremio and Ayacucho FC, for a place in the group stage of the maximum continental tournament. .