The 488 passes made by Bolívar in Montevideo shows their bravery. The 66% possession shows their control. Of course, the result is indisputable: they won 3-2. The last goal scored by Defensor Sporting came about purely because the Bolivians were camped in their opponent´s half. For that reason it's worth admiring the performance of Bolívar even though they were ultimately eliminated from the CONMEBOL Libertadores.
Bolívar lost this knockout tie in La Paz. It's difficult to explain how, as the home side and with a 4000m altitude in their favour, they managed to lose 4-2 and finish with 8 players out on the pitch. And then they arrived at Montevideo without key players such as Riquelme and Callejón. To top it all off, they went 1-0 down with just three minutes on the clock thanks to a goal from Rabuñal. It was an incredible match.
A lot of that is down to Juan Carlos Arce. The historic footballer was key in his team continuing to push forward and not giving up. The first half from Bolívar was incredible. In the space of ten minutes, the whole of Uruguay was shaking. Adriano Jusino scored after 33', Arce at 37' and Thomaz after 43'. It was all going wrong for Defensor Sporting and you could see the anguish on their bench.
The Bolivians were so brave that they broke a 15-match streak in which they'd failed to win away from home in CONMEBOL tournaments: 4 draws and 11 losses. They gave it everything they had and that's why it's worth applauding the effort Bolívar made, even if they came up just short.
🇧🇴👊 @Bolivar_Oficial gave it everything they had until the end, eventually making it 3-1 on the night. But they still needed one more goal if they wanted to go throughpic.twitter.com/UkxquKhYVD — CONMEBOL Libertadores (@TheLibertadores) January 31, 2019
🎥😲 The tie was blown wide open! @Bolivar_Oficial scored a second and their fans in La Paz began to dream of a comeback.pic.twitter.com/6wTx4pJVNc — CONMEBOL Libertadores (@TheLibertadores) January 31, 2019