The roles of the two sides were very different. Real Garcilaso were the away side but took the initiative, controlled the tempo of the match, attacked down the flanks and didn't allow the opposition time on the ball. The home side, Deportivo La Guaira, sat back and waited for their chance to strike on the counter and hope it paid off. Alfredo Ramúa was pulling the strings for the Peruvian side and he was looking to get in behind that well drilled Venezuelan backline. However he couldn't find the gap he was looking for. And then a brilliant goal by Juan Carlos Azócar secured a very good result for La Guaira.
Garcilaso weren't without their chances though. In the 27th minute a ball over the top of La Guaira's defence forced the Venezuelan side's new goalkeeper, Santilli, into making a wonderful one-handed save. The keeper got enough on his save to allow a defender to make sure and clear the ball away from the goal. However La Guaria's caution wasn't without reason. The return leg in Cuzco, one of the cities with the highest altitude in the world, will give Garcilaso a major advantage. It's why Farás's side spent preseason training in La Paz, trying to ready themselves for the challenge in the return fixture.
Garcilaso deserved more. They had chances to score, incisive passes and attacks down both flanks. However, sometimes it just isn't your night. Azócar scored a goal one of the best strikers in the world would've been proud of. He held onto the ball and then unleashed a shot across the keeper which went in off the post.
The away side continued to throw everything as they looked to get back on level terms but they couldn't find a way to beat the man in La Guaria's goal. The defensive steel won over the attacking prowess of the opposition. It's a slender lead which means the return leg is still very much up for grabs.