The goalkeepers, the defenders and the names of the coaches who lead Caracas have changed, but since 2013 there has been a constant in the clashes between the Avilanian Reds and Mineros: the top scorer in the history of the Guianese, Richard Blanco, has never been able to pierce the capital's fence with the black and blue club uniform.
In tomorrow's confrontation at the UCV (5:30 pm) the last line of the team of Francesco Stifano will once again have the concern of keeping the lethal striker from zero who has converted 182 goals since making his debut in the First Division with Red Star in 2008.
None of these celebrations have been carried out by the "Avioncito" with its typical gesture of gliding across the grass, after overcoming the rival goal, in the 10 games and 613 minutes that it has played since 2013 with Mineros de Guayana against the capitals, nor in the Cachamay stadium in Puerto Ordaz or in the Olympic stadium of the UCV.
To get a goal from Blanco against Caracas, you have to go back to his early days as a striker for Estrella Roja, when he first scored from a penalty and then with a left-footed cannon shot two of the four goals in his team's 6-4 loss against the Noel Sanvicente's reds, who had Vicente Rosales in goal and Oswaldo Vizcarrondo as the axis of defense.
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Wearing the Deportivo Petare uniform, led by Eduardo Saragó, Blanco scored his third goal against Caracas on April 27, 2011 in a 2-3 loss to the municipal team. And on November 20 of that year in the ranks of the same team, but under the leadership of the wise Manuel Plasencia, he converted the fourth and last goal he has since then against the Reds. It was the second goal of the match that allowed Petare to beat Ceferino Bencomo's Caracas 1-4.
For the match number 13 of the "Avioncito" against Caracas in the highest category, Stifano's team will once again have Alain Baroja in the goal, who lives another stage of great performance with his stops in the Copa Libertadores (29) and in the National Championship. Baroja has been the one who has faced Blanco the most times in the Caracas goal, and on five occasions he has prevented the dangerous gunner from piercing his nets.
The last two times that Caracas and Baroja rivaled Mineros del Avioncito was in the 2019 season, when Sanvicente's team won 4-2 at the Olímpico and then drew goalless in October at Cachamay. Extending Blanco's drought will be essential for Caracas to return to victory at home.