It was an intense and well played duel, with many emotions in the arches and two teams that reflected the work of their technicians, because they looked solid in defense and with alternatives to the attack. In the end, the cardinal team kept the three points and stomped in Group B, whose first day is completed this Sunday with the game Alliance vs. Cali, in Barrancabermeja.
The visitors started a little better and tried to dispute the duel driving the ball in the opposite field. But Santa Fe, always practical with Harold Rivera on the bench, was the one who scared first. Maicol Balanta beat Edwin Velasco in speed and threw a crawling center to the penalty spot, where John Velasquez arrived accompanying. His auction, however, was straight into the hands of goalkeeper Neto Volpi.
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America reacted with a right from Michael Rangel from the edge of the area that demanded Leandro Castellanos. The rebound was Matias Pisano, who flew the albirrojo goalkeeper again. Emotions in both arcs.
Volpi then released a seemingly easy shot from Carlos Mario Arboleda a couple of minutes before the play that unbalanced the engagement. In a corner kick, Fabian Sambueza touched the ball back instead of centering and Edwin Herrera came by surprise, crossed the ball to the second post, where Fainer Torijano appeared to head and open the scoreboard, with the complicity of the scarlet caretaker, who went wrong and collided with Jefferson Duque. It is noted that it is a play prepared during the week by the cardinal strategist.
The red calenos, who played in black, reacted and almost tied after a corner kick from Pisano that headed Rangel. The ball stroked the vertical. Then Duvan Vergara, in an individual action, also worried.
Mounted on the scoreboard, Santa Fe started better in the complement, although he gave the ball to America. He did it on purpose. So much so that in a counterattack came the second goal. Jefferson Duque rejected head first on the stick, Fabian Sambueza complemented the rejection and John Velasquez ran almost 60 meters to touch the ball to Maicol Balanta, who only had to push it for 2-0, his seventh goal in the tournament.
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America kept trying, but found no fissures in the albirroja behind. Santa Fe did not suffer the game, until, 12 minutes from the end, Edwin Herrera made a hand inside the area and the referee sanctioned a penalty. Rangel, who reached 100 points in his career, discounted for those led by Alexandre Guimaraes.
In the end there was anguish of side and side. The calenos left their remains and the Bogota knew how to manage the advantage to complete 13 undefeated dates, with 10 wins and three draws, 24 goals in favor and just three against. The 'Red Express' is unstoppable and his fans expect that good run to continue.
In the middle of the week, on the second day of the semifinal home runs, Santa Fe will visit Deportivo Cali in Palmaseca, while America receives Alianza Petrolera at the Pascual Guerrero stadium.
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The 'Express' is unstoppable. Santa Fe won the reds classic against America